Omaha Legal Professionals Association

February 21, 2018

General Meeting and Annual Membership Drive

Regency Lodge – Chateau Room

909 South 107th Avenue (I-80 & Pacific)




The Blockchain:  What it Is and

Why it Matters to Legal Professionals


Assistant General Counsel

Mutual of Omaha



5:30 Social            6:00 Dinner           6:30 Speaker          7:00 Meeting

Cost:  $14 per person      GUESTS:  FREE

(dinner includes entrée, coffee or tea, taxes & tip)

    Menu:  Taco Buffet

    Beef; chicken; corn tortillas; flour tortillas, shredded lettuce; shredded cheese; diced 
    tomatoes; black olives; jalapeños; sour cream; salsa; hot sauce; ranch dressing; French
    dressing; Spanish rice; refried beans


    Please R.S.V.P. by noon on Tuesday, February 20 to Shirley Simmonds at o  or 402-334-1400.  If you have questions, please contact Shirley.


    Gentle Reminder:  If a reservation is made and then you do not attend the meeting, payment        for the meal reserved is still required.  Thank you for understanding.



The Blockchain: What it Is and Why it Matters to Legal Professionals


We have all heard of Bitcoin, but the technology behind it – the Blockchain – takes a backseat to its crypto-currency cousin. But the Blockchain is affecting a variety of industries – and the legal profession needs to stay ahead of this emerging technology in order to understand the issues and problems it may present. Industry experts say that the Blockchain is impossible to hack, so it is now being used for asset tracking of financial assets. It is also being built into “smart contracts”.


Sara English, a technology lawyer with Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company, will discuss what the Blockchain is (and isn’t), and how it will change the face of every-day legal transactions in all sectors, such as commodities, supply chain, healthcare, insurance, evidence handling, and banking. 



Meeting Location

Click here for all of the details on OLPA's Scholarship Opportunities



2017/2018 Legal Professional of the Year 

Nominations are due to our current Legal Professional of the Year Laura Cejka no later than February 15, 2018. You can nominate a deserving OLPA member who meets the criteria to Laura in person, via email, fax or mail to the following:

Laura Cejka, Legal Assistant 
OLPA Legal Professional of the Year Chair
Lamson, Dugan & Murray, LLP
10306 Regency Parkway Drive 
Omaha, NE  68114
(402) 397-7300 ext. 226 
(402) 397-7824 fax

OLPA's annual Legal Professional of the Year Award is given to a member in good standing in the association, recognizing her or his professional achievements, association activities, continuing legal education, experience in the legal field (at least three years), community serviced, civic, charitable activities and affiliations, and membership outside of OLPA. A member is nominated by another OLPA member and may win this award only one time, so it is especially prestigious and celebrated. 

If you have an OLPA member in mind who handles herself or himself with composure, integrity, has the professional skills to provide services in the legal field in a productive and positive way, and you believe the association should recognize and honor her or him, please submit your nomination(s) on or before February 15th of this year! 

The winner of the OLPA Legal Professional of the Year accolade will automatically be nominated for the Nebraska Professional Association's Legal Professional of Year award as well. The Nebraska Legal Professional of the Year will be announced at our annual convention in April. 

Upcoming events

2017/2018 Boss of the Year

Nominations are currently being accepted by our Boss of the Year Chair Valentina Saavedra until March 16, 2018.
inate your boss by sending a one-page letter of nomination in support of your nominee to the chair. 

Valentina Saavedra, Director of Marketing 
Boss of the Year Chair
Paralegal Power Co. 
 1904 Farnam Street, Ste. 615
Omaha, NE 68102
(844) 826-6387 x711

“Boss” may be defined in various ways.  In our profession, for example, “n  1: one who exercises control or authority; specif : one who directs or supervises workers.”

A “boss of the year” may be characterized as someone who interacts well with and positively influences colleagues and support staff.  He or she is a leader, encourages teamwork, is easy to get along with, strives for excellence, and offers constructive suggestions or criticism when required.

If your boss has these attributes and you would like the Association to recognize and honor him or her, please nominate your boss before March 16th this year!  OLPA’s annual Boss of the Year Award is given to an individual who exemplifies the qualities of a great leader and is nominated by an OLPA member.

Please submit your nominations to me as Chairperson of this Committee.  To qualify, your submission should be postmarked, faxed or emailed no later than Friday, March 16, 2018. The nominations will be judged by a panel of three judges.  The winner will be presented with a plaque at the annual OLPA awards banquet on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

The following rules shall apply:

1.         Every member in good standing of OLPA is eligible to submit a nomination.  All nominations must be typed and should not exceed one letter-sized sheet of paper.

2.         The nominee’s name should not appear in the body of the nomination letter.  A separate cover letter is to be enclosed in which the names of the member and his/her boss are disclosed.

3.         Letters of nomination should not include the boss’s civic, educational, religious, fraternal or bar association activities.

4.         Letters of nomination must be postmarked or emailed no later than March 16, 2018 to Valentina Saavedra Boss of the Year Chair.  Letters postmarked or presented after the deadline will be disqualified.

****Scholarships Are Available online! Please click here***



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.

Ways & Means

Thank you for your support!


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.

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