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NATA Seminar " Peak Performance for Lawyers"



Approved for Nebraska MCLE Credit, 6.66 hours including 2 hours of ethics. Nebraska Activity#166034

Lawyers have grueling schedules and deal with situations that can cause them to work excessively, skip meals, cut out sleep and/or exercise, leading to lack of energy, inability to concentrate, overall lack of physical well-being, and feelings of being overwhelmed, anxious, and frustrated. Lawyers are like athletes, trained in the skills of their profession, but in need of secondary skills to achieve peak performance in their work and personal lives.  Achieving peak performance requires the balance of a healthy mind, body, and spirit.

NATA’s “Peak Performance for Lawyers” seminar will educate you in becoming physically, mentally and spiritually equipped to excel in your professional and personal lives.  NATA President and Program Chair Dan Thayer has assembled a faculty of individuals who themselves have excelled in their chosen fields, and who have educated and trained others to achieve peak performance. We are especially pleased to have Tom Osborne, a Nebraska legend, on the faculty, along with other Nebraska notables.


7: 45 a.m.                                 


8:10 – 8:15 a.m.             
Opening Remarks
Dan Thayer, Program Chair, Thayer & Thayer PC LLO, Grand Island

8:15 – 8:45                              
Key Elements of Successful Performance in the Legal Field
Dr. Tom Osborne, Former U.S. Congressman, University of Nebraska Head Football Coach and Athletic Director,
and Founder of TeamMates Mentoring Program, Lincoln

8:45 – 9: 25                           
Pivot Points, Lawyers & Leadership
Dr. Steve Joel, Superintendent, Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln

9:25 – 9:55                             
Don’t Let the Legal Ball Drop . . .  Even the Smallest One
Todd J. Belisle, Vice President, The Centers, Clearwater, Florida

9:55 – 10:05                            

10:05 – 11:05                       
How an Ethical Lawyer is a Happy Lawyer – Wellness and The Practice of Law …
Mark Weber, Counsel for Discipline of the Nebraska Supreme Court, Lincoln

11:05 – 12:05                        
Cross Examination of the Food Chart
Dave Ellis, Director of Performance Nutrition
University of Nebraska Athletic Department,  Lincoln

12:05 – 1:00                              
Lunch on your own


1:00 – 1:40   p.m.                 
"Does This Ever Get Better?"  Balancing the Demands of a Successful Legal Practice and an Active Life as a Mom, Friend, and Community Volunteer
Hon. Kim M. Robak, Mueller/ Robak LLC,  Lincoln

1:40 – 2:20
Your Work Habits Determine Your Future in the Courtroom
Boyd Epley, Assistant Athletic Director, Director of Strength and Conditioning
University of Nebraska Athletic Department, Lincoln

2:20  – 3:00                          
A Lawyer’s Guide to Great Dental Care and TMJ: Helping You and Your Clients Mitigate Pain and Restore Health
Dr. Stephanie Vondrak, DDS, Vondrak Dental, Elkhorn                  

3:00 – 3:20                               
From Pulpit to Courtroom: What Lawyers and Pastors Need to Know About Getting Their Message Heard
Rev. Dr. Luke Biggs, Senior Pastor, Peace Lutheran Church, Grand Island                                 

3:20 – 4:00                             
Optimizing Performance Through Lawyer's Mind-Body Synergy
Dr. Todd Stull, M.D., Board Certified Psychiatrist, Senior Associate Athletic Director - Performance
University of Nebraska Athletic Department, Lincoln

"Peak Performance for Lawyers" Seminar Faculty Biographies


The registration fee is $225.00 for non-members. The discounted registration fee for NATA members is $175.00.  The seminar registration fee includes electronic course materials and all lectures, refreshments, and payment for registrants’ Nebraska MCLE credit.

SEMINAR MATERIALS: The written materials for NATA’s seminar will be in electronic format, and will be available on NATA’s website prior to the seminar.  A link to the materials will be e mailed 3-4 days in advance of the seminar to all those who pre-registered.   In addition, the materials will be distributed to registrants on flash drive at the seminar.  Wireless Internet is available at the seminar so that materials can be viewed online.  We encourage registrants to bring their laptops or iPads.

If you would prefer a printed copy of the materials to be given to you at the seminar, there will be an additional charge to the registration fee.  Please call the NATA office at (402) 435-5526 if you would like a printed copy of the materials.  Printed materials must be ordered one week prior to the seminar.

MANDATORY CLE: NATA is an accredited sponsor under the regulations of the Nebraska, Iowa and Colorado Supreme Court Boards of Continuing Legal Education.  This seminar has been approved for 6.66 hours of MCLE credit, including 2 hours of ethics. Nebraska Activity #166034.

TAX DEDUCTION: Educational expenses, including registration fees, hotel and travel expenses are deductible if the course aids or improves in maintaining educational skills. (See Treasury reg. 1-162-5)


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The Scott Conference Center is located at 6450 Pine St., Omaha. From I-80 East take Exit 449 for 72nd Street.  Turn left onto South 72nd Street, and proceed north to Pine Street. Turn right onto Pine Street, and proceed east to the Scott Conference Center which will be on the left.  Parking is available across the street from the conference center in Parking Lot 9.



The Marriott Courtyard at Aksarben Village extends a special rate for those attending meetings at the Scott Conference Center.  The room rate is $129.00 per night.  To make reservations, please call the Marriott Courtyard directly at (402) 951-4300, and advise reservations that you are attending a meeting at the Scott Conference Center.

Cancellation Policy


Refunds in full will be made if cancellations are received by November 23, 2018. After that date there will be an administrative fee charged for late cancellation.