2009 Class of Fellows
See photos online
Yes, the new Fellows were
announced in numerous newspapers last week before Annual Meeting.
The following link will allow you to view the new class in the event you
missed the announcement. Congratulations
to all the new Fellows!
Foundation Awards Nominations
Nominate a colleague by October 28
It is that time of year when Fellows have
the opportunity to nominate an individual to receive one of the Bar Foundation's
awards. Please click on the link below to
view both the cover letter and the form.
Awards Nomination Letter & Form
or fax the Foundation your nomination. The nominations are due October 28, so
please take a moment to complete the form to recognize a colleague.
|Legacy of Liberty Breakfast
October 15 in Omaha
Just a quick recap of this event. The Foundation hosted the breakfast to honor
the State Championship Mock Trial coaches from 2008, to introduce the new
Fellows and highlight the activities of the numerous Law-Related Education
We were most pleased to
have the 2009 winning 10th grade essayist, Katie Nelson, visit about
her experience at the National Student Leadership Conference this past summer. Katie was one of the McGrath North Mullin
& Kratz Law Day Essay scholarship winners.
Additionally, Duchesne history teacher Donna
Harrison gave an overview of using the Foundation's various LRE programs to
educate the students about the Constitution and the law. Ms. Harrison uses the Foundation's We The
People: The Citizen & The Constitution curriculum.
Foundation was pleased to present both Creighton and UNL Law Schools' Silver
Quill Award recipients with a $500 gift.
Creighton's April Erke is pictured
here with Dean Chiappinelli.
State Championship in Omaha in December
The Mock Trial Case Committee accomplished
its mission in writing another original case.
This year's case is a civil immigration case. I know that the regional competitions are
underway as I have received clarification questions and am assisting a couple of
regions. I'm eager to see the case tried
during the State Championship December 8-9 in Omaha.
Lyle Strom has graciously arranged for the State Championship to be held in the
Federal Courthouse. The Foundation
sincerely appreciates the federal judiciary allowing us use of the
"Ben Franklin" Comes to Nebraska
Kearney fifth grader meets Ben Franklin and Justice Wright
The Foundation hosted re-enactor Chris Lowell
as "Ben Franklin" on September 14 to assist Nebraska schools in observing Constitution
Day. The program originated from
Kearney, with technical assistance from Educational Service Unit (ESU) 10. In two separate educational sessions, fifth
graders and the high school students were able to actively participate. Both
sessions used distance learning to "beam" Ben to schools in Pleasanton, Loup
City and Hershey.
Foundation partnered with the Supreme Court and was most pleased to have
Justice John Wright in Kearney to introduce Ben Franklin and visit with the
students, teachers, the media and local lawyers. A special thank you is extended to Justice
Wright for his time and energy spent on this educational event.
pilot project of delivering LRE programming via distance learning was a huge
success and economical to offer to Greater Nebraska schools. This presentation was underwritten by the Bar
Foundation's Flavel A. Wright Fund for the Study of Constitutional Law.
The fund was created in 2004 by Foundation Fellow Bill Wright in honor of his
late father and first Bar Foundation President, Flavel A. Wright.
Roman L. Hruska Institute
Michael Kirby, Retired Australian High Court Justice, was a guest lecturer on
September 22. The Foundation, the Federal Bar and the UNL College of Law hosted
him in Lincoln. He spoke about "Citation and Use of Foreign and International Authority in Constitutional
Decision-making" and answered many questions.
It was a
great event and Justice Kirby was most gracious to meet with students.
Justice Kirby at Hruska Institute
|About the Bar FoundationIf you have questions about the Foundation's Law-Related Education programs for the public, please contact Doris Huffman
1-800-773-5396 or 402/475-1042.
Nebraska State Bar Foundation
635 S. 14th Street, Suite 120
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
Nebraska State Bar Foundation