Presented to recognize outstanding attorneys in their service to further the mission of the NSBA or dedication to programs sponsored by the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation. Up to three Visionary Awards are awarded annually.
Ann C. Mangiameli; Legal Aid of Nebraska, Omaha
Ann has worked creatively and collaboratively to establish and run Nebraska’s only Medical Legal Partnership: the Health, Education, and LawProject (HELP) at Legal Aid of Nebraska. Mangiameli has practiced law in Nebraska for almost three decades. In that time, she has been a private practitioner and partner, a professor in Poverty Law at Creighton University School of Law, and worked at Legal Aid of Nebraska. Not only is her career remarkable because of her legal acumen, but also because she is a thoughtful leader and manager. In addition to dedicating her career to nonprofit legal services, Ann is an active VLP Volunteer by acting as a mentor to attorneys interested in doing pro bono work and by volunteering on Nebraska Free Legal Answers.
Karine E. Sokpoh; Sokpoh Law Group
Karine E. Sokpoh graduated from Creighton University School of Law. Sokpoh, an NSBA Leadership Academy Graduate, has her own law firm, Sokpoh Law Group,
LLC, based out of Omaha and practices in the areas of immigration, family law and intellectual property. In addition to being a practicing attorney and owning her own business Sokpoh is a Board Member of the Women’s Fund of Omaha,the Vice President of the League for African Advancement, a Committee member of the Common Fund of the Heartland, on the Executive Committee for the NSBA Immigration and Juvenile Law Sections, a Program Chair of the Robert Spire Inns of Court, and past President of the Midlands Bar Association. She also served in the NSBA House of Delegates from 2013-2017. Furthermore, Sokpoh is active in pro bono legal service. For VLP alone Sokpoh volunteers on Nebraska Free Legal Answers, at various free legal clinics throughout the year, at the Douglas County Self Help Center, and as a mentor to new attorneys interested in doing pro bono and accepts pro bono cases.
Paul W. Snyder; Douglas, Kelly, Ostdiek, Snyder, Ossian, Vogl and Snyder
A partner at Douglas, Kelly, Ostdiek, Snyder, Ossian, Vogl, & Lookabill,Paul has been practicing law in Nebraska since graduating from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1975. Mr. Snyder is receiving this award for his incredible contributions to his community and the legal profession. In addition to being a community leader in Scotts Bluff, Paul has served in the NSBA House of Delegates for twenty-five years and actively takes pro bono cases from the Volunteer Lawyers Project. Perhaps most notably, Paul serves as Co-Chair of the Rural Practice Initiative. His dedication and leadership in this position has led to dozens of law students and young attorneys deciding to practice in greater Nebraska.
Click the nomination form tab to submit an electronic nomination for the Visionary Award for 2021. Nominations must be received by December 31, 2020 for consideration. Nominations will be reviewed by the NSBA Legal Services Committee. Recipients will be honored at the 2021 Barristers Ball. Download a paper nomination form for the Visionary Award. Mail completed paper nomination forms to NSBA Volunteer Lawyers Project 635 S 14th. Street Lincoln, NE 68508, email to [email protected] or fax to (402) 475-7098.