Every year, the Nebraska State Bar Association brings important recognition to the amazing pro bono work being done throughout the state, work that is at the core of the legal profession. Nominations are solicited during national pro bono month in October. Recipients are recognized at the annual Barristers Ball, a fundraising event that supports the mission of the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation and its work to support access to justice and legal assistance to the poor.
The Robert M. Spire award is presented annually to a Nebraska lawyer who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to pro bono service for the poor, as was the hallmark of Robert M. Spire. The recipient is a lawyer who has achieved the highest standards of competence, ethics, and professionalism, and who protects and promotes the administration of and access to justice.
Presented annually to recognize outstanding attorneys in their service to further the mission of the Nebraska State Bar Association or dedication to programs sponsored by the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation. Up to three Visionary Awards are awarded annually.
Visionary Award Recipients from left to right: Jennifer D. Kearney, Ryan P. Sullivan, Timothy P. Brouillette, William Troshynski, Vincent J. Dugan, Audrey Bellew, Todd Jeffers
2008 Knapp, Fangmeyer, Aschwege, Besse & Marsh, PC
2008 William J. Erickson
2007 Sarah O'Shea
2007 Tracy Grinstead-Everly
2007 Johnson Flodman Guenzel & Widger
2007 James Moravek
2007 Dianne Seeman Lozier
2006 Pre Law Institute, University of Nebraska College of Law
2006 Bilingual Bail Bond Rights Advisement Project; Carlos Monzon, Hon. Kenneth J. Vampola
2006 Initial Chairs, Minority and Justice Task Force; Daniel Harris, Jr., Harold Rock
2006 American Indian Outreach Initiative; Charles E. Wright
2006 Original Founders of Midlands Bar Association; Hon. Edna Adkins, Brenda Council, Felicia Flowers-Smith, Jarve Garrett, Clifton Jessup
Nebraska Legislature Judiciary Committee 2003-05; Ray Aguilar, Patrick Courne, Kermit Brashear, Ernie Chambers, Jeanne Combs, Mike Flood, Mike Foley, Mike Friend, Mick Mines, Ray Mossey, Dwite Pedersen, Mark Quandahl, Gene Tyson
2005 Dana C. "Woody" Bradford
2005 Robert E. O'Connor, Jr.
2005 Howard P. Olsen, Jr.
2005 Robert M. Spire
2005 Thomas J. Walsh, Sr.
2005 Patricia O'Roark
Click the nomination form button below to submit an electronic nomination for the Robert M. Spire or Visionary award for 2019. Up to three Visionary Awards will be given annually. Nominations must be received by December 14, 2018 for consideration. Nominations will be reviewed by the NSBA Legal Services Committee. Click the following for paper forms.