The Omaha Bar Association has two awards available for presentation to individuals in recognition of outstanding accomplishments: the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Public Service Award.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Lifetime Achievement Award was initiated at the 2001 Law Day. The Award was not established to be an annual award. The criteria under consideration for the award includes: (1) Exemplary service to the profession, (2) Support and service to the Omaha Bar Association, (3) Innovative contributions to improving justice, and (4) Longstanding commitment to mentoring in the law.
Honorable Michael McGill, May 1, 2001
John Miller, March 9, 2004
Kenneth P. Weiner (posthumously), May 1, 2007
Honorable Thomas M. Shanahan, May 1, 2008
D.C. "Woody" Bradford, III, May 10, 2014
Amy Longo, May, May 2, 2017
PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
The Public Service Award was initiated at the 1983 Law Day. Two Awards are presented each year at Law Day. The Robert M. Spire Public Service Award is presented to an attorney or attorney organization, and the Omaha Bar Association Public Service Award is presented to a non-attorney individual or organization. The criteria under consideration for the award includes: (1) The public's knowledge of the law or the legal system has been enhanced in some significant way by the recipient's efforts; (2) The recipient has focused on providing service to the community for purposes other than pecuniary profits; and (3) The recipient has demonstrated long term commitment to the enhancement of the public's knowledge of the law.
ALFRED G. ELLICK LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICE AWARD
The Alfred G. Ellick Lawyer Referral Service Award was first presented at the 2015 Law Day. The award is given to those attorneys who have been a part of the OBA Lawyer Referral Service for 10 or more years. To date, 125 award recipients have been recognized for their longstanding dedication to the Lawyer Referral Service.
CHAMPIONS OF LAW AWARD
The Omaha Bar Association's Champions of Law Award was first presented at the 2016 Young Lawyers Division Gala. The award is given to members of the legal community who have shown dedicated commitment to (1) Education, (2) Public Service, (3) Community Engagement, (4) Vision for the Future of the Bar, or (5) Support of the Bar's Programs, Mission, and Purpose.
2016 Award Recipients:
Dan Lennon (Service)
Jackson Lewis LLP (Service)
James Boesen (Community Engagement)
Tom Gaughen (Community Engagement)
J. Terry Macnamara (Community Engagement)
Nickie Konen (Education)
J. Scott Paul (Education)
Ken Wentz III (Vision)
The Daily Record (Support)
Omaha Legal Professionals Association (Support)
2018 Award Recipients:
Will Acosta-Trejo (Service)
Natasha Preston (Community Engagement)
Scott Hahn (Education)
Mike Kinney (Vision)