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From the President

Spring Greetings,

I’ve been waiting several months now to be able to send everyone that greeting.  We are almost there!  What has seemed like a long winter is finally giving way to warmer weather, spring flowers and budding trees.

Spring is also a special time of year for OLPA members.  It’s the time of year when we elect new officers, celebrate at our annual awards banquet and participate in NLPA’s annual convention.

As I’m sure you have seen in your emails, Sheryl Agner, chair of our nominating committee, has been actively seeking out members to run for the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Chapter Representative.  To date, we have members running for the offices of Treasurer and Chapter Representative. That leaves President, Vice President and Secretary open.

As you may or may not know, these last three positions have been filled the last two years by the same people.  I think that if you would ask any one of the three, they would say that they were glad they did it, that they learned a lot and they had some fun times.  I think they would also say that it’s time for others to lead.  Every OLPA officer leaves his/her imprint on our association.  That is why it is so important that we have members stepping up to serve – to get new ideas and new perspectives.  As an officer, you will find a tremendous amount of support from past officers and board members. Please take a few minutes to think about if you are that person to step up and run for any one of these offices.  Thank you.

Our 21st Annual Awards Banquet, Installation of Officers and Boss Appreciation Night will be held April 18 at Arbor Hall.  Always a fun evening, it’s also a wonderful way to thank those that have done so much for OLPA this past year.  It’s also a nice way to thank your boss for their support.  I hope each of you will plan on attending and bring a guest or two.  Our emcee that evening will be the Honorable Laurie Smith Camp.  If you have been fortunate enough to hear Judge Smith Camp speak at any event, you know that she will help make it a memorable evening.

As a member of OLPA, your membership also includes membership in NLPA (Nebraska Legal Professionals Association.)  This year, OLPA will serve at the host chapter for the NLPA Annual Convention.  I am so excited about this convention. This year the convention will be held at the Holiday Inn – Omaha Southwest, 3650 So. 72nd St. starting Friday evening, April 27.  Saturday, April 28, we will hear from some top-quality speakers that have been lined up.  There also will be a great raffle drawing.  For $1.00 a ticket (6 tickets for $5.00) you get a chance of winning: (1) $200 in cash, (2) 2 tickets to a Nebraska Football Game (heard the tickets are good seats) and 2 tickets to the June 17, 2:00 p.m. College World Series Game, or (3) 21 assorted gift cards valued at $10.00 each.  Thanks to Bonnie Kudron and Sherry Mitchell for serving as chairs for this event. You can help make this event successful by attending and spreading the word to your fellow co-workers.  You do not need to be a member to attend. More information will be coming soon.

In this issue of The Legal Pad, you will find an 2018-2019 Membership Application. It’s that time of year to renew your membership.  At $50.00 a member and $15.00 for student membership, it’s the best deal around.  If you have any questions, please contact Shirley Simmonds at

Here’s wishing each of you a happy spring. I look forward so seeing you at our April events.

                     Sincerely,                                                                                                                    Lynda

OLPA Nominations are needed for


Vice President


Please consider serving the organization in one of these great leadership  opportunities. Contact Nominations & Elections Chairpersons Jennifer Elkins or Sheryl Agner for more details.

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TO establish good fellowship among the members of this association and all persons employed in and/or interested in work of a legal nature so that ideas may be exchanged and knowledge increased.

TO establish a high order of business and professional attainment and to further our knowledge of the law and uphold its honor and dignity.

TO create a high standard of ethics among its members.

Check out our Ways & Means page by clicking the link below for information regarding our Fundraiser. All proceeds will go toward funding our two Scholarships offered.

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of the Year

Nominations are currently being accepted by our
Boss of the Year Chair Valentina Saavedra until March 16, 2018.
inate your boss by sending a one-page letter of nomination in support of your nominee to the chair. 

Valentina Saavedra, Managing Director
Boss of the Year Chair
Paralegal Power Co. 
 1904 Farnam Street, Ste. 615
Omaha, NE 68102
(844) 826-6387 x711

“Boss” may be defined in various ways.  In our profession, for example, “n  1: one who exercises control or authority; specif : one who directs or supervises workers.”

A “boss of the year” may be characterized as someone who interacts well with and positively influences colleagues and support staff.  He or she is a leader, encourages teamwork, is easy to get along with, strives for excellence, and offers constructive suggestions or criticism when required.

If your boss has these attributes and you would like the Association to recognize and honor him or her, please nominate your boss before March 16th this year!  OLPA’s annual Boss of the Year Award is given to an individual who exemplifies the qualities of a great leader and is nominated by an OLPA member.

Please submit your nominations to me as Chairperson of this Committee.  To qualify, your submission should be postmarked, faxed or emailed no later than Friday, March 16, 2018. The nominations will be judged by a panel of three judges.  The winner will be presented with a plaque at the annual OLPA awards banquet on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

The following rules shall apply:

1.         Every member in good standing of OLPA is eligible to submit a nomination.  All nominations must be typed and should not exceed one letter-sized sheet of paper.

2.         The nominee’s name should not appear in the body of the nomination letter.  A separate cover letter is to be enclosed in which the names of the member and his/her boss are disclosed.

3.         Letters of nomination should not include the boss’s civic, educational, religious, fraternal or bar association activities.

4.         Letters of nomination must be postmarked or emailed no later than March 16, 2018 to Valentina Saavedra Boss of the Year Chair.  Letters postmarked or presented after the deadline will be disqualified.


Thank you!  Thank you! Thank you!  I cannot thank you all enough for making our annual Membership Drive a huge success.  I asked for donations from the membership for door prizes and I got them.  I asked membership to put the word out and invite guests in the legal field and I got that as well.  I really appreciate all the effort involved in making our annual membership drive a success.  Now, seriously, all the work is on me to recruit these guests.  I have already contacted those guests attending our meeting and have sent them additional information, i.e. brochures and updated membership applications.  I have also added their email addresses to my list of recruits, so I will continue to send them notices of upcoming meetings, conventions, seminars, social activities, etc.  Just want to give them a taste of what OLPA has to offer.

I have listed the members and their guests and their respective employers attending our membership drive.  They are:


If you recognize a name here, please help me reach out to them to encourage them to become a member of our OLPA family.  Any help you can render is ALWAYS greatly appreciated.

We had a total of 42 attending our membership drive.  We had six tables and after polling the attendees at each of the tables, it was discovered we had a total of 942 years of legal experience represented in the room.  How amazing to get that much talent and knowledge together at one time.  It goes to show you that we have a whole lot to offer any new and/or prospective member.  With that kind of knowledge and experience over the years, networking, mentoring and overall friendship is not too hard to find. 

Again, thank you!!!!!  Job well done!!!

Shirley Simmonds, ALS
OLPA Vice President



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