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 Bradley Kalkwarf, partner at Kalkwarf & Smith Law Offices in Wilber. Kalkwarf is vice president of the Wilber Community Foundation and serves on the Crete Area Healthcare Foundation Board. He received the 2003 Zajicek Community Builders Award. He also is past president of the Wilber Area Chamber of Commerce and a former coach and judge for Judge Lyle Strom High School Mock Trial Program.
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.
Steve Guenzel of Lincoln, president of the Bar Foundation, was master of ceremonies for the event at the Holland Center. The Bar Foundation’s Law-Related Education theme for 2018-2019 is “Championing Civility.”
“At a time of great political and public discord, the Nebraska State Bar Foundation offers resources and programs to help educators and others teach and model ways to explore and discuss controversial topics in a rational and respectful manner,” Guenzel said.
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.