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Class of 2018 Fellows Inducted at

Nebraska State Bar Foundation Annual Dinner

Three Long-time Legal Professionals Honored

Lincoln, Neb. (March 14, 2019) – The 2018 Class of Fellows of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation was inducted Saturday night in Omaha at the Bar Foundation’s 31st Annual Fellows Dinner.

Among the new Fellows is District Court Judge, 1st Judicial District, Rick Schreiner of Beatrice.

Judge Schreiner is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association and the Nebraska District Judges Association, and he serves on the Southeast Nebraska Adult Drug Court Team. He is a former member of the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association and the 1st District “Through the Eyes of a Child” Committee. Other memberships include the NRA, Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club and Down Syndrome Association for Families in Nebraska.

Also honored at the dinner were three long-time members of the legal profession in Nebraska.

They are Omaha attorney Gary Gotsdiner, who received the Bar Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award; retired District Court Judge Mary Gilbride, who received the Bar Foundation’s Legal Pioneer Award; and retired Administrative Judge and former Lancaster County Attorney Ron Lahners, who received the Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award.

The 30 Nebraska lawyers and judges in the Class of 2018 join 761 colleagues who have been nominated for the honor over the past five decades. Lawyers are invited to become Fellows based on their integrity and character, their distinction in the profession or in the community, their contributions to the profession or the community, and their contributions to the Bar Foundation.

 The Bar Foundation offers Law-Related Education programs for Nebraska teachers and students and manages the Roman L. Hruska Institute for the Administration of Justice, the Standing Bear Scholarship Fund and the Dan Jewell Trial Institute, Guenzel added.

 Headquartered in Lincoln, the Bar Foundation is dedicated to serving the citizens of Nebraska and the legal profession through the administration and funding of innovative programs directed at the improvement of the administration of justice and the fulfillment of the American vision of equal justice for all.

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