2016 - 2017 NATA COMMITTEES
NATA has many opportunities for members to participate. If you have an interest in serving on a committee, please contact the NATA office at (402) 435-5526.
NATA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Monte L. Neilan, Scottsbluff, NATA President; Britany Shotkoski, Omaha, President Elect; Daniel Thayer, Grand Island, Secretary; Jason G. Ausman, Omaha, Treasurer; Kathleen M. Neary, Lincoln, Immediate Past President; Matt Lathrop, NATA PAC Chair.
AMICUS CURIAE COMMITTEE
Monte L. Neilan, Scottsbluff, Chair; Jason G. Ausman, Omaha; Matt Lathrop, Omaha; Danny Leavitt, Omaha; Kathleen M. Neary, Lincoln; Britany Shotkoski, Omaha; Daniel Thayer, Grand Island. For Amicus assistance, contact the NATA office at (402) 435-5526.
AUDIT & FINANCE COMMITTEE
The Finance Committee is designated a Standing Committee under Article VIII, Section 1 of the NATA By-Laws. The Committee is responsible for all NATA financial matters, including the budget of each fiscal year and for making recommendations concerning financial matters to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. The NATA President, President Elect, and Treasurer shall serve on the Committee.
Committee Chair: Monte L. Neilan, President
Committee Members: Britany Shotkoski, President Elect and Jason G. Ausman, Treasurer
The NATA Executive Committee serves as NATA’s Compensation Committee. The Committee shall meet prior to the Summer Meeting for report at that meeting.
CONTINUING EDUCATION COMMITTEE
NATA’s CLE Committee’s purpose is to plan and implement CLE activities on diverse topics that aid trial lawyers in their practice. The program chairs for NATA seminars shall serve as the Continuing Education Committee.
Committee Chair: Jason G. Ausman, Omaha
The Legislative Committee is responsible for studying and monitoring legislation which is, or may be introduced in the Nebraska Legislature. The Committee shall advise and make recommendations to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee concerning legislation and shall implement the legislative policy of the Association.
Committee Co-chairs: Britany Shotkoski, Omaha and Christopher P. Welsh, Omaha
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD COMMITTEE
Appointed annually by the NATA President the Committee is composed of six Past Presidents of the Association. The Committee is responsible for both making nominations as well as reviewing nominations submitted by NATA members, and determining the recipient of the annual NATA Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is intended to recognize a lawyer who over the course of an extended career in the law, and as a member of NATA, has exemplified the skills, ethics and dedication embodied in the NATA mission. It was created to pay tribute to a lawyer who has demonstrated by conduct and leadership, a commitment to the improvement of trial practice, the preservation of the jury system as well as the promotion of dignity and pride in the legal profession.
2016-2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Committee: Michael Coyle, Omaha; James E. Harris, Omaha; Clarence Mock, Oakland; Royce Norman, North Platte; Peter C. Wegman, Lincoln; Christopher P. Welsh, Omaha.
MEMBERSHIP and PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
The Membership and Public Affairs Committee is responsible for membership recruitment and retention and membership services, and improving the public perception of NATA and further it public service goals.The main goals of the Committee are to increase the number of regular members, Sustaining Members and members of the Circle of Advocates, study and make recommendations concerning other membership services, and to perform public relations and public education functions as directed by the NATA Board.
Committee Co-Chairs: Mark Richardson, Lincoln and Jonathan Urbom, Lincoln
NEBRASKA JUSTICE AWARD COMMITTEE
The NATA Executive Committee serves as the Nebraska Justice Award Committee to make or receive nominations from NATA members, and determine the recipient of the Nebraska Justice Award. The award is not an annual award, but is awarded from time to time to recognize an individual or entity that demonstrates courage, strength, and leadership in preserving the trial by jury system and protecting the rights of Nebraska citizens.
The President shall appoint a Nominating Committee for the purpose of making nominations to the Board of Directors to fill any vacancies on the Board of Directors, any Directorship to be filled by reason of any increase in the number of Directors, or a vacancy in any office which may occur during his or her term of office. The committee shall also meet at the annual summer board meeting for the purpose of nominating one person for each elective office to be filled by a vote of the membership at the annual meeting. The committee shall consist of two members from each congressional district. At least one member shall be the immediate past president who shall serve as chair, and at least three members shall not have served on the Nominating Committee appointed for the preceding year. The committee shall submit the names of the nominees for publication as part of the notice of the annual meeting.
Committee Chair: Kathleen M. Neary, Lincoln
PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE COMMITTEE
The Professional Negligence Committee is responsible for analysis of Nebraska professional negligence law, practice and procedure. The Committee is to advise the NATA Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Legislative Committee as to legislation, education and/or other action or services needed from NATA regarding Nebraska professional negligence law. This committee may also be used as an opportunity for networking among those in this area of practice. Membership on this committee will be open to those with a significant interest in plaintiff professional negligence work.
Committee Chair: TBD
The Publications Committee is responsible for publication of the Prairie Barrister, and other publications of the Association. The principle goals of the Committee are: to increase reporting of Verdicts and Settlements, and encourage NATA members and law students to submit articles for publication in the Prairie Barrister.
Committee Co-Chairs: Kyle Long, Scottsbluff and Jacqueline Tessendorf, Columbus
WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COMMITTEE
The Workers Compensation Committee is responsible for analysis of Nebraska Workers' Compensation law, practice and procedure. The Committee is to advise the NATA Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Legislative Committee on legislation, education and/ or other action or services needed from NATA regarding Nebraska Workers' Compensation. The Committee may also serve as a networking opportunity for those with a special interest in Workers Compensation and related areas of practice. Membership on this committee will be open to those with a significant interest in workers' compensation practice.
Committee Chair: Jon Rehm, Lincoln