Foundation Facts
February 2010
Nebraska State Bar Foundation
635 S. 14th Street, Suite 120
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
Dear Foundation Fellows:

    The Bar Foundation has been busy since I last corresponded with you.  It seems like we've had event after event and it is not slowing down anytime soon! 

    Despite what Punxsutawney Phil says about spring, however, I choose to believe sunny days will be here soon!  I hope you enjoy this edition of Foundation Facts.


Doris Huffman, Executive Director


Doris Huffman
Executive Director



22nd Annual Fellows Dinner
March 12 - Mark your calendars!

    The Fellows Dinner is right around the corner!  The dinner will be held March 12, 2010, at the Holland Center in Omaha. 

     Cherish the Ladies will entertain the 2009 Class of Fellows and their guests.  This is the first and only all-female Irish band.  Cherish the Ladies offers everything - virtuosic instrumentals, gorgeous vocals and stunning step dancing. 
      The Foundation will be honoring the following:  Patrick Borchers, Outstanding Legal Educator Award; Bob Berkshire, Foundation Award; and The Honorable Arlen Beam, Lifetime Achievement Award.  Please plan on attending this gala event!   Look for your invitation to arrive in the mail soon!

Mock Trial
Skutt Catholic Captures State Title

Judge Strom Awards Trophy to Skutt
Not even a good old Nebraska snow storm could stop Skutt Catholic High School from winning the Nebraska High School State Mock Trial title.  Skutt Catholic High School defeated the North Platte High School team in final round competition on Wednesday, December 8th, in Omaha.  The Honorable Lyle Strom presided over the competition at the Roman L. Hruska U. S. Courthouse.
     The Skutt team, which presented the government's side of an immigration asylum case, will represent Nebraska at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Philadelphia May 6-8.  Despite the blizzard, over 50 volunteer judges and attorneys from the Omaha Metro area served as performance and presiding panel judges in the four rounds of competition.
     Skutt's volunteer attorney coaches are Judy and Patrick Borchers. A new scholarship donation from Metropolitan Community College was awarded to the winning team's eight student members.  Dean Daryl Hansen, Metropolitan Community College, presented paralegal program scholarships. 
     Taking third place was Chadron High School, and Ainsworth High School was the fourth place winner.  Other schools receiving honorable mention include: Raymond Central, Wilcox Hildreth, Duchesne Academy, Columbus High School, Wayne High School, Dundy County Stratton, Fillmore Central, and Papillion-LaVista South.
      Judge Strom graciously arranged for the State Championship competition to be held in the Federal Courthouse.  The Foundation sincerely appreciates the federal judiciary allowing us to use the courtrooms.   

We the People:  The Citizen and the Constitution
Lincoln's East High Wins State Championship

On January 11, 2010, the 24-member team from Lincoln East won its 5th consecutive State title.  This team will represent Nebraska in the national competition in Washington, D.C., April 24 - 26th. 
Chief Justice Interview
The championship was held in Lincoln. 
    Taking second place in the competition was the Lincoln Southeast High School-Black team.  Receiving honorable mention were teams from Holdrege; V.J. & Angela Skutt High School; Lincoln Southeast High School-Gold; Wilcox-Hildreth High School and Lincoln Southwest High School.  More than 150 students competed in the state championship. 
    At the awards luncheon following the competition Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican, Nebraska Supreme Court, was interviewed by Omaha World Herald reporter Leslie Reed.  She asked questions submitted by students such as, "What is the best/worst part of your job?"
Law Day Essay Contest
11th Annual Law Day Luncheon - May 4

McGrath North Scholarship Is Awarded
    Yes, the question has been finalized by the Foundation's PEOPLE Subcommittee on LRE.  The question deals with Ben Franklin's quote "Any society that would give up essential liberties to gain a little temporary security deserves neither liberty nor security."  Keeping in mind what Franklin says about liberty and security, should the United States require full-body x-ray scans at all U.S. airports to combat terrorism?  Students are asked to defend their position.
      The Foundation is grateful to McGrath North Mullin and Kratz law firm for most generously providing a scholarship for one high school student to attend the National Student Leadership Conference this summer.
    The Foundation is also pleased to have the partnership of West, a Thompson Reuters Business firm, as sponsor of the guest speaker at the Law Day luncheon on May 4.   Professor Raymond Nimmer of the University of Houston Law Center will be speaking on democracy and technology.  Plans are underway to coordinate with the Educational Service Units on offering his presentation through distance learning.
     Through the efforts of the Foundation and the Court, there is a learning cart at the Capitol, and we are able to utilize this equipment to reach more classrooms.

Law Day Job Shadowing
Ninth Annual Event in 2010

Job Shadowing in Kearney
The planning process for this educational activity for fifth graders is in progress.  Again, local communities will have the opportunity to host fifth graders and teach them about the legal profession. 

More on this later

Teen Parents and the Law (TPAL)
Grant Funds Update of Nebraska Laws

     The Foundation is the recipient of a Woods Charitable Funds grant to adapt the TPAL curriculum to Nebraska law.  The adaptation has been completed and we are in the process of emailing a survey to TPAL teachers.  Once the survey is completed, the teachers will receive the Nebraska laws.  We will also have this information online, privately accessible by TPAL teachers.
Reaching the Age of Majority Booklet
Revision Is Complete

     Thanks to the hard work and dedication of attorneys Marc Pierce and Keith Peters, who chaired the revision of this booklet, the final copy is being formatted now.  There will be new chapters included in the booklet including sexting, search and seizure, and domestic abuse.
     If your firm would like to fund the printing of this educational booklet that has a distribution of over 10,000 copies annually, please contact me. 

Endowment Management Committee (EMC)
Meets Next Week

   The EMC is scheduled to meet next week and review the Foundation's named endowments.  The Committee is comprised of the following attorneys: Kile Johnson, Stan Goodwin, Mike Mullin, Tom Fischer, Camille Hawk and Bren Chambers.  A sincere thank you is extended to this hardworking group who meets quarterly!

Gross Fund
Assistance for Attorneys or Their Families

    This Committee consists of Chair Ed Perry, Charlie Gotch, Mike Mooney and Judge Ben Novicoff.  The Fund continues to receive financial requests.  As you may remember, only active attorneys (or their families' members - if the attorney is deceased) may apply for assistance. 

     If you have any questions about the Fund or know of someone who may need assistance, please feel free to contact me.  All inquiries are confidential.  

About the Foundation's Programs

 If you have questions about the Foundation's Law-Related Education programs for the public, please contact me at, 1-800-773-5396 or 475-1042.  Verna and I hope the next six weeks of winter fly by fast!
Nebraska State Bar Foundation
635 S. 14th Street, Suite 120
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
Nebraska State Bar Foundation
In This Issue
Skutt Takes Mock Trial Title
Lincoln East Is We the People Champion