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January 2017 District 1 Luncheon

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All –

Attached is the flyer for District 1’s January lunch meeting. Please mail me with your reservations on or before noon on Friday, January 20, 2017. Because of the federal holiday and ice storm yesterday, response time is a little short.

Please note that you can now pay for your lunch registrations on the NePA website.

Also, because of how Anthony’s tends to wait until all (most) have arrived before they start serving, please try to be there as close to 11:30 as possible so we can all get in and out of there on time.


Sandra L. Armstrong, CP
District 1 Director 2015-2016

PO Box 24943
Omaha, NE 68124



NePA January 2017 Lunch Flyer

Relay for Life to Benefit the American Cancer Society – JUNE 25, 2016

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Do you know someone who has cancer or who has had cancer?  Have you lost a loved one to cancer?  You can make a difference in the fight against cancer!  NePA is again sponsoring the “Legal Beagles” team for the Sarpy County Relay for Life.  The 2016 event is being held on Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 5:00 to 11:00 P.M. at Papillion-LaVista South High School located at 10799 Highway 370 in Papillion, Nebraska.

Relay for Life is an event sponsored by the American Cancer Society that mobilizes communities across the country to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones, and raise money to support the mission of the American Cancer Society.  At Relay, team members take turns walking or running around the track.  Relay for Life welcomes all cancer survivors to take part in the Survivors’ Victory lap and dinner.  (They do not have to be a member of any team.)

After sundown, hundreds of luminaries light the track to remember those lost to cancer and to honor those fighting cancer and those who have fought the battle and won. The luminaries light up the night as a symbol of the hope and perseverance to continue the fight. 

Fundraising for this important event is already underway!  

Our first fundraising event took place on Monday, March 21st at Midtown Omaha’s wine and painting studio, The Corky Canvas.  A portion of the registration proceeds was donated to the Legal Beagles’ team for the Sarpy County Relay for Life.

NePA members "Dancing in the Rain" at Omaha's The Corky Canvas!

NePA members “Dancing in the Rain” at Omaha’s The Corky Canvas!

A few fundraising events are still in progress. We have “Pick the Due Date.” For $1.00, you can try and guess the date that Amber Roberts (NALA Liaison and Co-Chair of our Relay team) will have her baby. She is due on April 24th. There are still plenty of dates open. The prize is 1/2 of the proceeds to the winner and 1/2 to Relay.

We also have “March Madness.” Join a March Madness basketball pool for $10, again with the proceeds being split between the winner and our Relay team.

We challenge all of you to think of some fundraising activities you can do in your individual offices.  Email the link below to your friends and relatives and ask for their help in this fight. Selling luminaries is easy and each is only $10. You may personalize your donation by designating the luminaries “in memory” or “in honor” of a friend or loved one and decorating the bags with pictures and words of love. Perhaps sell passes for a “Jeans Day” or collect everyone’s pennies or loose change—be creative!

For those interested in participating as a member of the team, please register on-line at 2016 Sarpy County Relay for Life as soon as possible. Click on the “Sign Up” button, find our team (“Legal Beagles”) and register.

You can also use the same web address to make a donation or purchase a luminary. Even a small donation from each of our members would raise a substantial sum!

With your help, we can do our part to make a difference in the lives of those who are in the fight of their life. Don’t just sit idly by; it’s time to take action!

Join us on the track as we Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back at Relay for Life!

If you have any questions, please contact Teri Gibbons at 402-343-3748 or OR Amber Roberts at 402-889-4042 or


April 2015 – District II Luncheon

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Please join District II for its April 2015 luncheon. It will be held at the Rembolt Ludtke, 1128 Lincoln Mall, Suite 300, Lincoln, Nebraska on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The speaker will be Sarah Helvey of Nebraska Appleseed.

Please register with your lunch choice (see attached flyer), or cancel by Monday, April 20, 2014 by 5:00 p.m with District II Director, Barb Levos by emailing her at

NePA District 2_April Luncheon Flyer

March District I Luncheon Photo Gallery

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Thank you to Randy Wright of Baird Holm for presenting at the March 25th District I Luncheon. Also, a big thank you to all of the members who attended the event.


District I Luncheon – October 22nd

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We had a great luncheon on October 22nd with James E. Reisinger  speaking on “Adoption – Seriously Joyous.”  Teri Gibbons, our District I Director, did a wonderful job of coordinating everything and we were once again able to live stream the event.  The Relay for Life team sold greeting cards of all sorts and will be doing custom artwork this year for anyone interested.  If you’ve got a large Christmas card order (10+) please contact Amber Roberts ( so she can be sure to have enough for the November luncheon.

There was a fabulous turnout for the first luncheon of our new year and we’re looking forward to seeing all of you next month!

 Teri Gibbons - District I Director October 2014 - District I LuncheonJames E. Reisinger  

Fall Seminar – Day 2 Recap

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Day started off great with the energetic Sally Bisson-Best from College of Saint Mary leading a discussion on Conflict Resolution and Mediation.  Role playing was involved (good thing there were CSM alumni in the audience that just couldn’t tell Sally no!).

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Tom Ackley from Koley Jessen was our second speaker talking about Real Estate Transactions.  Who knew title insurance could be so humorous…and contentious!  Story time was a great bonus…cash is surprisingly hard to get from a bank in $20 dollar bills when the amount is over $100,000.


After a buffet lunch, we heard from Sean Minahan from Lamson, Dugan and Murray on the Proposed Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.  The proposed rules are set to go into effect December 1, 2015 if approved by the Supreme Court.  The real effects to expect:

  • Quicker turnaround for pre-trial conference, schedule and serving the client.
  • Discussion of discovery issues and proportionality.
  • ESI and preservation methods used.


Our final session of the seminar was from Donna Robinson of Baird Holm.  She led us through a live action demo session filled with Tips and Tricks for Standard Office Products and Adobe.  There were so many tips that I’ll be putting into effect immediately.  A few to mention:

  • Use style headings!  You can then change headings all at once instead of having to do it one by one when document’s formatting needs to change.
  • Convert text to a table using the Insert tab will save you time cutting and pasting.
  • Quick Parts are awesome!  Type the name and then F3 to pull it back up.  No more retyping notary or signature blocks for me.
  • Double click Format Painter lets you go click happy anywhere on the document.


It was a wonderful seminar and a big Thank You to the Seminar Committee for another great year!


Fall Seminar – Day 1 Recap

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We started the Fall Seminar off this year with Jon Breuning from Baird Holm leading a session on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace.  It amazes me what some people think is okay to do in the workplace!

Second session was on Current Ethical Issues and presented by Jo Wandel and Carol Cleaver of Metropolitan Community College.  There are so many new things to consider with the advent of new technology and metadata concerns.

Finally, we heard from Sandra K. Connolly, Deputy Douglas County Attorney.  She spoke to us on the FMLA.  The stories are sadly humorous on what people will do to avoid work!

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Annual Meeting Recap

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We’ve got some exciting news that came out of your votes at the Annual Membership Meeting.  More information will be in the upcoming issue of the InBrief, but there were several resolutions which passed that will pave the way for real innovation and change in the coming year.

  1. Students may now join for FREE for the 2014-2015 year.  This is the first step to revitalizing our mentoring program.
  2. The CLA/CP/ACP Scholarship Committee will now have TWO separate scholarships to award (one for CLA/CP and one for ACP).
  3. The CP Review Course is being revamped for the Fall 2015 session and will include online mock tests which mirror the actual testing experience.
  4. The Public Relations Committee has approval to proceed with two proposals to the Nebraska State Bar Association.
  5. The budget passed with two line items for a new camcorder for the Distance Membership Committee and a new laptop and software for the Treasurer and as needed for other NePA purposes.


AND…the new board was elected and sworn in by Ann Atkinson, ACP, immediate past president of NALA.  Congratulations to all of the board members!  We know you will do us proud this coming year.

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2014 Recognition Breakfast

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This year’s Recognition Breakfast was WONDERFUL!  The Honorable Thomas A. Otepka from the Douglas County District Court was the keynote speaker and extremely informative on what the court does and special projects he’s involved in including the Drug Court and Limited Scope Representation (Unbundled Services).  Thank you to everyone that attended including members, non-members, attorneys and other guests.

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