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
Past Visionary Award Recipients:
2018 Ryan Sullivan
2018 Jennifer Kearney
2018 Brouillette, Dugan & Troshynski
2017 Stacy C. Bach
2018 Marsha E. Fangmeyer
2017 Steven H. Howard
2017 Muirne Heaney
2016 Karisa D. Johnson
2016 Omaha Bar Association
2015 Senator Danielle M. Conrad
2015 Michael F. Kinney
2014 Fitzgerald Vetter & Temple
2014 Michelle M. Mitchell
2014 Mark Jacobs
2013 Michael T. Brogan
2013 Kim M. Seacrest
2013 Margaret M. Zarbano
2012 James E. Schneider
2012 Jackson Lewis, LLP
2011 Kutak Rock, LLP
2011 Larry W. Beucke
Click the nomination form button below to submit an electronic nomination for the Robert M. Spire or Visionary award for 2019. 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.