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Thanksgiving Celebration Offers Time to Reflect

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Thanksgiving mealHappy Thanksgiving from all of us at the offices of Rehm, Bennett & Moore and www.truckerlawyers.com. Below is a reflection that I wrote a while back but that I think still applies to the holiday, season, and busy, but fulfilling, lives.

Please note that the offices will close at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26. The firm will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 28, for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will be open on Monday, Dec. 1, at 8:30 a.m.

At this time of reflection, there is much for which to be thankful. We are especially thankful for family, friends, and the opportunity to advocate for clients who make our work worthwhile. Happy Thanksgiving!

Do you have, take, or make the time to think about what is going well and what could be better in your life? As they say, ’tis the season. But it’s not the Christmas season … yet … no matter what the retailers want! To me, from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day and beyond is a chance to think about the big picture; be thankful for blessings; and be in the moment to participate in relationships (the buzzword for this idea is “being present”). Is it during a certain time of the year that you have the luxury of stopping and thinking about life, or can you do it weekly or even daily?

I know I get very caught up in the day-to-day, hour-to-hour concerns and forget to think about and be thankful for the most-important things that are too-often called the little things: looking at the stars with my family when we’re out in the country and can really see the sky; hearing my 4-year-old son tell his great-grandma he loves her without us reminding him to; remembering to thank my spouse for unloading the dishwasher, even though he does it all the time (let’s face it – his tolerance of clean dishes not being put away quickly is lower than mine); having good health; enjoying a roof over our heads; and being productive at work. And I am glad for relationships that are good in my family; among the friends I choose to call family (my son thinks many of our friends’ children are his cousins because he sees them so often and we don’t correct him because he’s growing up with them); and at work with colleagues, whether in person or via social media.

Most of us have time to count our blessings, living in one of the most fortunate nations in the world, whether we choose to make and take the time or not. But the reality is that there are people who are not as fortunate, even in our own nation. And often that is because challenges with health or work mean a person doesn’t have as many choices as others might due to poverty, mental illness, or getting hurt. A smaller, but still emotional, challenge may include having to work on a holiday, for example. And though some folks would rather work than be with family, many people, like truckers on the roads and health-care workers taking care of the elderly, don’t have a choice, but have a great attitude and make others’ holidays really special through their actions and words.

So if you are working on Thanksgiving (or any upcoming holiday), thank you for your work and be safe! And I hope you have, take, and make the time to think about what is going well and what could be better in your life. Blessings to you and yours this Thanksgiving!

Attorney Brody Ockander Presents at Translators’ Conference

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Attorney Brody Ockander

Firm associate Brody Ockander recently served as a presenter at the Nebraska Association for Translators and Interpreters (NATI) 2014 Annual Regional Conference in Omaha.

His presentation included information on both civil litigation and workers’ compensation.

“Many of the interpreters I spoke with are interpreters for various Nebraska courts,” Ockander said. “Therefore, it is helpful for these interpreters to have at least some background knowledge about how the civil court and workers’ compensation systems work in order to ensure the best possible interpretation for all parties. For non-English speaking persons, equal access to justice hinges on whether the interpreter does a good job.”

As part of its conference, the NATI also served as host to the American Translators Association (ATA) certification exam.

The firm’s attorneys need access to translators for the many languages that our clients speak, so it is helpful that Ockander was able to interact with this group and serve as a resource for their conference. I encourage the firm’s attorneys and staff to participate in continuing education and networking opportunities through professional associations and other occasions, taking the occasion to serve as both presenters and lifelong learners.

Thank you to Ockander for representing the firm as a presenter at this conference.

Legal Assistant Kia Itzen Serves LLPA

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Legal Assistant Kia Itzen has been named chairperson of the Facebook page for the Lincoln Legal Professionals Association (LLPA). Her volunteer duties include promoting the LLPA through social media to provide information, offer continuing education opportunities, and also provide inspiration for the 102 people who have liked the page. Examples of topics covered include workplace efficiency, representing employers well to clients, and advocating for clients’ needs.

“My goal in this leadership role is to have the page be more interactive,” Itzen said.  “It’s a resource where associates can have like conversations with peers in our careers, get tips and be inspired as well as find motivation as a professional in the legal field.”

The Facebook site can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lincoln-Legal-Professionals-Association/109562342435363?ref=hl for more information.

LLPA includes 59 members who represent 21 different law firms, businesses, government groups, and educational institutions in the area. Monthly meetings encompass both professional development and social opportunities, and the group also awards a scholarship to students studying in the legal field. LLPA include those working in the legal field, such as legal assistants, paralegals, court reporters, teachers and students, and others. The mission statement held by the LLPA can be found here. The group is associated with the Nebraska Legal Professionals Association, which has four chapters in the state.