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.
Attorney Brody Ockander
It is important for attorneys to stay current with the law, and I encourage the firm’s members to participate in continuing education and networking opportunities through professional associations and other occasions.
Associate Brody Ockander was recently selected for the Nebraska State Bar Association Leadership Academy. As stated by the NSBA, the leadership academy’s mission is “to develop the leadership skills of the participants to allow them to make greater contributions to the legal profession and their community.”
Academy goals include the following, according to the NSBA:
- To nurture effective leadership with respect to ethical, professional and community service issues
- To build relationships among legal leaders from across the state and from across disciplines within the profession
- To raise the level of awareness among lawyers regarding the broad range of issues facing the legal profession
- To enhance the diversity of leaders within the legal profession and the community as a whole
Discussion topics for the group will include Effective Leadership; Legislative Issues; Balancing Work and Life; and Public Trust and Confidence in the Judicial System, according to the NSBA web site.
Clients of Rehm, Bennett & Moore helped make a positive difference this legislative session. They are parents who lose their children as a result of work injuries.
Albert and Diane DeLeon of Grand Island persuaded their state Sen. Mike Gloor to introduce a bill that was signed into law that increased the funeral benefit from $6,000 to $10,000. This was after they lost their son Emilio in a construction accident. In addition, Gene Cary testified in favor of a similar bill that would have raised the funeral benefit for the families of dead workers as well as giving a $25,000 death benefit to parents who have had a child killed in a work accident. Gene’s son Neil was killed in a work accident in 2010. The bill awarding an automatic death benefit to parents who have their child killed in a work accident failed to advance out of committee. Bills held in committee are killed for this session of the legislature and must be re-introduced next session. However, the combined stories of Cary and the DeLeons helped to advance the cause of parents who lose a child in a work accident.
Besides the bill increasing funeral benefits for parents who lose their children in work accidents, the only other bill to pass that affected injured workers was a bill that gave employers protections for information given in employment references.
Besides the bill increasing funeral benefits for parents who lose their children in work accidents, the only other bill to pass that affected injured workers was a bill that gave employers protections for information given in employment references. As the bill was originally introduced by Sen. Charlie Janssen of Fremont, the bill would have given employers almost free reign to Continue reading