Above pictured is past NLPA President Kathy Eidenmiller, of Woods Aitken LLP, presenting this year's OLPA President Nadine Ostrow, of Koley Jessen PC LLO, the 2017 Nebraska Legal Professionals Association President's Foundation Award for her contributions to the association last year.
Sherry Mitchell, of Erickson Sederstrom PC LLO, is pictured left displaying the 2018 Nebraska Legal Professionals Association President's Foundation Award that she was awarded at this year's 21st Annual Nebraska Legal Professional Association's Annual Convention.
Donna Olson received this year's OSCAR Award. This award is given to a member who has given the organization outstanding loyalty, service and attendance.
Donna serves OLPA as our OBA Law Day Liaison. Donna has also been representing OLPA at our organization's state-level as Chapter Representative for the past four years. Additionally, she has served as Historian for two consecutive presidents now.
Donna also helps out on our Reservations Committee at every single meeting yet still has time to be a loving mom, devoted wife and adept legal professional.
Donna is a Legal Administrative Assistant at Fraser Stryker PC LLO and an asset to the legal field.
Greetings Fellow OLPA Members,
As I write this, we are about a week away from our 21st Annual Awards Banquet, Installation of Officers and Boss Appreciation Night. Our emcee for the evening is the Honorable Laurie Smith Camp.
That evening we will be honoring Cathy Trent-Vilim of Lamson Dugan & Murray LLP as OLPA’s Boss of the Year.
We will also be giving out two scholarships, presenting our Oscar award and oh yes, our Legal Professional of the Year. As you know by now, I am the lucky recipient of this very special honor. It is sincerely appreciated.
Installation of our 2018-2019 officers is also on the agenda for that evening. Congratulations to Nadine Ostrow (President), Jean Roeder (Vice President), Donna Olson (Secretary), Jeanne Mangiamelli (Treasurer) and Doris Crayton (Chapter Representative.) Thank you for stepping up to lead our association!
Be sure to make plans to attend NLPA’s convention starting Friday evening, April 27. As I mentioned in my last message, we have some terrific speakers for Saturday, April 28. If you haven’t been to a NLPA convention before, this is a good one to start with. Not only will it be educational but with a theme of “21 & Legal,” you know a good time is being planned by our chairs Bonnie Kudron and Sherry Mitchell, PLS.
This is my last President’s message and I have a lot of people to thank. First, I would like to thank each one of you for being a part of OLPA. I hope you will renew your membership for next year. At only $50.00 a year, it’s a bargain! Be sure to get your membership application completed and send your check to Jeanne Mangimelli.
Second, I would like to thank this year’s executive committee members: Shirley Simmonds, Dave Raddatz, Jeanne Mangimelli, Donna Olson and Bonnie Kudron. You have been the absolute best. Thank you for your dedication, professionalism and counsel. I was blessed to have the honor of working with each of you.
I was also blessed to be able to work with an outstanding board. In no particular order, thank you to: Donna Olson, Jean Roeder, Valentina Harris, Jeanne Mangimelli, Deb Hubbs, PLS, Nadine Ostrow, Michelle Dirks, Marcia Jewett, Jackie Sundberg, Laura Cejka, Bonnie Kudron, Sherry Mitchell, PLS, Sheryl Agner, Jennifer Elkins, Cherie Sempek, PLS, CLA, Heidi Degner, Daniel Harris, Amy Baker, Mary Baker, Carol Sperry, Donna Birkby, Lynda Jensen-Hansen, Dave Raddatz and Dianne Rosenthal. Your hard work and dedication has been much appreciated.
Finally, I would like to thank the many law firms and businesses who support our association. The in-kind donations we receive are too many to mention. Please be sure to remember to thank them on behalf of OLPA. We are grateful for all they do. A special thank you to Erickson | Sederstrom who are always so gracious every month in allowing us to host our board meetings there.
Well that’s it. Thank you for all you have done and will continue to do for OLPA. It was a pleasure to serve as your president the last two years.
See you at our banquet and convention.
TO establish good fellowship among the members of this association and all persons employed in and/or interested in work of a legal nature so that ideas may be exchanged and knowledge increased.
TO establish a high order of business and professional attainment and to further our knowledge of the law and uphold its honor and dignity.
TO create a high standard of ethics among its members.
Lynda graduated from Omaha South High School and worked for the Douglas County Public Defender’s Office from 1974 to 1976. She has been employed by The Daily Record since 1992, having served as Associate Publisher and now Publisher.
Over the years, Lynda has been a member of the Nebraska Press Association, Associated Court and Commercial Newspapers (Board Member), and National Newspaper Association. As an OLPA member, she has held the offices of President, Budget/Finance, Nominations and Elections, Program and Public Relations, Reservations and Roster. In 2016, she received the Omaha Bar Association’s Outstanding Volunteer Award (The Daily Record). Lynda has also received awards from other organizations, including the 2014 Distinguished Kiwanian of the Year, 2015 Commercial Real Estate Summit Exceptional Service Award (The Daily Record), and the 2017 Commercial
Real Estate Summit Chairman’s Award (The Daily Record).
Lynda is also active in her community and has served as a member of the Omaha Bar Association’s Law Day committee. She is active in Kiwanis International, currently serving as a Board Trustee for the Nebraska/Iowa District, and serves as the Public Relations Trustee Coordinator for the District. Lynda is the liaison for Kiwanis Club of Omaha Inc.’s Camp OK and Key Leader Camp in the District. Camp OK is a camp for deserving inner-city youth to attend a weeklong summer camp, and Key Leader Camp is a 3-day leadership camp for high school students. She currently serves as the club’s liaison for Girls State and is a current member of the Hotel/Motel Coalition against Human Trafficking.
Cathy Trent-Vilim is a partner of Lamson, Dugan & Murray LLP. Throughout her years of practice, Ms. Trent-Vilim has worked on a wide range of commercial and insurance matters, including personal injury insurance defense, coverage claims, contract claims, crop insurance claims, legal malpractice, appellate practice and complex commercial litigation.
She has tried cases in the Nebraska county, district and federal courts, in arbitration proceedings, and has successfully argued cases before the Nebraska Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.
Cathy was nominated by OLPA member Laura Cejka who is also our outgoing Legal Professional of the Year.
Cathy Vilim-Trent, Partner
Pictured L to R: Raul Ramirez, Amou Riing, Lynda Jensen-Hansen, Donna Birkby and Dave Raddatz.
This year's scholarship award recipients pictured with the Scholarship Committee.
The first winner of this year’s $500 high school level scholarship is Amou Riing of Omaha. Amou is a senior at Omaha Northwest High Magnet School, where she has made the Honor Roll multiple times, earning the Academic Letter and Straight A’s Awards on her way to being ranked sixth in a class of 352 students. She is president of Advanced Honors Speech and Debate at Northwest High School, serves her fellow students as a mentor through Advancement Via Individual Determination (A.V.I.D.), and is a varsity letter-winner and Academic All-State selection in girls’ golf. Amou volunteers each Thanksgiving for the Bellevue Christian Center’s Feed the Multitudes, and volunteers during the year for the Food Bank for the Heartland, Keep Omaha Beautiful, and the Open Door Mission, in addition to working at Baker’s and Time Out Foods before that. Amou speaks English, Arabic, and Dinka, a Nilotic cluster of languages native to Sudan comprised of five related languages and their various dialects. Amou plans to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to study psychology and continue to law school to become an attorney.
The second winner of our $500 high school level scholarship is Raul Ramirez of Omaha. Raul is a senior at Omaha South High Magnet School, where he has regularly made the Honor Roll and earned the school’s Service Award for completing over one hundred hours of service to the community. Raul is a member of the National Honor Society, the community service group Characters in Action, has completed the Grassroots Leadership Development Program and the University of Nebraska-Omaha Summer Scholars Program, and the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute. He has competed for South High School in Cross Country, Track and Field, and Tennis. Additionally, Raul has volunteered for the Spring Lake Neighborhood Association’s annual Spring Cleanup, volunteered as a language interpreter for Spanish-only speaking parents of students at Gomez Heritage Elementary School, volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club, assisted with staff breakfasts at South High School, and has served as an usher for the justices of the Nebraska Supreme Court, while also working for grocer SpartanNash and Fantasy’s Car Wash. After graduation, Raul plans to study criminal justice at the University of Nebraska-Omaha with the career objective of becoming an agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
This year’s scholarship judges were the following attorneys: Adam Kuenning of Erickson | Sederstrom, P.C., Katherine McNamara of Fraser Stryker and Rubina Khaleel of Hennessy & Roach.
Check out our Ways & Means page by clicking the link below for information regarding our Fundraiser. All proceeds will go toward funding our two Scholarships offered.