Foundation Facts
February 2011
Nebraska State Bar Foundation
635 S. 14th Street, Suite 120
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
A new year always brings new resolutions and new goals.  It also brings the opportunity to organize your calendar for the year.  This edition of Foundation Facts calls your attention to some items you will want to calendar now so you will be able to join in on the fun when the events come around.

As you know, the Fellows Dinner is right around the corner.  Entertainment for the evening will be "Menopause the Musical."  It promises to deliver fun for either gender.  It's Hot...don't miss it!
Cordially,Doris Huffman, Executive Director


Doris Huffman
Executive Director
Twenty-Third Annual Fellows Dinner on Saturday, April 2
Lied Center, Lincoln
    Save the date for Saturday, April 2, 2011.  The newly inducted Fellows, along with their families and friends, will be entertained by the hilarious comedy, Menopause the Musical

     The Australian Stage called the musical, "ninety minutes of extraordinary fun and an inspirational ending."  You may read the the New York Times' and other newspapers' reviews online.

Menopause the Musical Graphic

Foundation to Present Three Distinguished Awards

At Fellows Dinner

     The Bar Foundation will recognize three extremely deserving individuals at the annual Fellows Dinner.  Honorees were nominated by their peers, with final selections being made by the Awards Committee. 

2011Award recipients:    

  • The Honorable D. Nick Caporale
  • John P. Lenich
  • Linda R. Crump

We hope you will be present to congratulate in person these members of the bench and bar.  

A list of past award recipients is posted on the Foundation's web site.

We the People State Hearings
State Champions Named on January 31

For the sixth year in a row, the Lincoln East High School team was named We the People:  The Citizen and the Constitution state champions.  The Lincoln Southeast High School Gold team took second place in the contest.  Teams receiving honorable mention were Lincoln Southeast Black and Lincoln Southwest High School. 

      Teams from Holdrege High, Wilcox-Hildreth High, and VJ and Angela Skutt Catholic High School of Omaha were prepared to participate in the state competition but were unable to do so because of bad weather.  These teams were also awarded honorable mention.

     The format of the competition is a simulated Congressional hearing, which gives the students an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  Students are expected to include references to current and historical U.S. Supreme Court cases in their responses to the judges' questions.  Lincoln's East High School will represent Nebraska at the national competition in Washington, DC, April 30 - May 2.
LRE and Media Sub-Committees Plan for Law Day

Theme:  "Democracy and the Digital Age of Media"


     PEOPLE Media Sub-Committee Chair, Judge Todd J. Hutton, and PEOPLE Law-Related Education (LRE) Sub-Committee Chair, Thomas Keefe, met with staff and brainstormed to identify the question for the 12th Annual Law Day Essay Contest. Invitations will be sent to Nebraska Social Studies and English teachers whose students are in seventh through twelfth grades.  A winner from each of the grade levels will be recognized at the annual Law Day Luncheon in Lincoln on May 2.  The contest is jointly sponsored by the Bar Foundation and the Nebraska Supreme Court.

     The 2011 Law Day theme, "Democracy and the Digital Age of Media"  will also be utilized with other LRE programs including Law Day Job Shadowing and Mock Trial.

Legacy of Liberty/Membership Breakfast to Be October 20

At Cornhusker Marriott, Lincoln

           The 2011 Legacy of Liberty Breakfast will held Thursday, October 20, at the Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln. The Foundation will recognize its new Class of Fellows, Silver Quill Award recipients, and volunteers for the Law-Related Education programs.  Your attendance and support are always appreciated.  Please make plans now to attend this complimentary event.

Mock Trial Teachers Give High Marks to Program

And Make Suggestions


      The results are in...Mock Trial students much prefer a criminal case to a civil case!


      As a part of the Foundation's efforts to constantly improve its Law-Related Education programs, a survey of the 2010 Mock Trial teacher coaches was conducted last December.  The teachers were asked about everything from the registration process, to the regional competition, to the state competition and most importantly about the case.  The Foundation received extremely high marks.   


     One of the critiques was of the "asking for more" nature.  Teachers in some regions suggested more opportunities for students to try the original Nebraska Mock Trial case.  Their hope is that, at the regional level, all teams will have an opportunity to present both sides of the original Nebraska case before the regional championship trial takes place.  Results of the survey will be shared with regional coordinators prior to to the beginning of the 2011 Mock Trial season.

Endowment Management Committee to Meet 

     The Committee is scheduled to meet Friday, February 18.  The committee will discuss the 4th Quarter reports, year-end financial reports, the Investment Policy and the Endowment managers.

In This Issue
*Fellows Dinner
*We the People State Hearings
*Legacy of Liberty Breakfast
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About the Foundation's Programs

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Nebraska State Bar Foundation
635 S. 14th Street, Suite 120
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
Nebraska State Bar Foundation