Panel Topic - Rural and Proud: Rural Initiatives Nationwide
This panel focused on various rural initiatives from other states, as well as programs at the national level, which foster support for attorneys in rural areas. Professor G. Michael Fenner and Robert M. Carlson discussed the status of initiatives in Nebraska and Montana, respectively. Carlson, as Chair of the ABA House of Delegates, and Linda A. Klein, former Chair of the ABA House of Delegates, also offered their perspective at the national level. Phillip L. Garland discussed current efforts in Iowa. Hannah Alsgaard rounded out the panel, bringing a comparison of medical rural subsidies with rural legal subsidies to the discussion. This panel was moderated by USD Law School Dean, Thomas E. Geu.
Hannah Alsgaard is a native of Yankton, South Dakota. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where she was a recipient of the National Excellence Scholarship and the Robert C. Byrd Scholarship, and the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where she was a recipient of the Berkeley Law Dean’s Fellowship and the Phillip Frickey Public Law Scholarship.
Following law school, Alsgaard clerked for Roberto Lange of the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota and is currently clerking for Kermit Bye of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Robert M. Carlson
Robert M. Carlson is the Chair of the House of Delegates for the American Bar Association for 2012-2014. Carlson is a Shareholder with Corette Black Carlson & Mickelson, and received his J.D. from the University of Montana in 1979.
His practice includes defense of products liability, insurance coverage and professional liability claims.
Bob has been a member of the House of Delegates since 1999. He represented the State Bar of Montana, was a Delegate-at-Large and a State Delegate from Montana. He served on the ABA Board of Governors and Chaired the Executive Compensation Committee of the Board. He served as a member of the Rules and Calendar and Select Committees of the House and Chaired the House Committee on Drafting Policies and Procedures. He is a past member of the Standing Committees on Bar Activities and Services and Meetings and Travel (Chair). He was President of the State Bar of Montana in 1993-1994 and a member of the Executive Council of the National Conference of Bar Presidents (1993-1996).
G. Michael Fenner
Professor G. Michael Fenner is the James L. Koley '54 Professor of Constitutional Law at Creighton University School of Law. He received his B.A. from Kansas University in 1965, and his J.D., with distinction, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1969. From 1969-1972 he was a trial attorney in the Honors Law Graduate Program with the United States Department of Justice. In 1970, he received the U.S. Department of Justice Special Achievement Award. He joined the Creighton Law faculty in 1972.
Professor Fenner is the current President of the Nebraska State Bar Association. He is a member of the Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Practice and Procedure and the House of Delegates of the Nebraska Bar Association, and he is past chairperson of the Evidence section of the Association of American Law Schools. Professor Fenner received the Nebraska State Bar Foundation's 1992 Shining Light award. He is a frequent speaker at continuing education programs for lawyers, judges, and their support staffs. He is the author of the treatise "The Hearsay Rule" (Carolina Academic Press, 3d ed. forthcoming 2013). In addition to the Creighton Law Review, he has written articles for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Catholic University Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Nebraska Law Review, Washington University Law Quarterly, University of Missouri- Kansas City Law Review, and Trial. He has also published a number of pieces of "editorial whimsy" in a variety of popular papers and magazines. As Reporter for the Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Practice and Procedure, Professor Fenner has primary responsibility for Nebraska's pattern jury instructions for civil trials, NJI2d Civ., and is the author of the annual supplements to NJI2d Civ. (West).
Philip L. Garland
Phil graduated from Creighton University School of Law in 1973 and practiced for an eight-person firm in Omaha, NE. An Iowa native, Phil always wanted to practice in small-town Iowa. In 1976, Phil opened the Garland Law Firm.
The Iowa State Bar Association has awarded Phil with two of their highest honors: the President's Award, recognizing Phil's service to the profession and the citizens of Iowa, and the Roland Grefe Pro Bono Publico Award, honoring Phil's lifelong commitment to providing access to justice to individuals in his community and throughout the state.
Phil served on the Iowa State Bar Association Board of Governors and Administrative Committee for several years, and is currently Chair of the nationally-recognized Rural Practice Program.
Phil serves on a number of boards, including the NIACC Foundation Board, and is committed to the North Iowa area through pro bono service and an integrity-based practice. Phil and his wife, Jody, have been married for 39 years and have four adult children.
Linda A. Klein
Linda A. Klein is managing shareholder in Baker Donelson's Georgia offices and a member of the Firm's Board of Directors. Her practice includes most types of business dispute resolution.
In June 1997, Ms. Klein became the first woman to serve as President of the State Bar of Georgia. Ms. Klein recently concluded her 2010-2012 term as Chair of the American Bar Association's House of Delegates, the 2nd highest ranking office in the Association. Through the years she has chaired many ABA committees and continues her American Bar Association service as Chair of ABA Day, member of the Council of the ABA Section of International Law and serves on the Board of Editors of the Law Practice Management Magazine. she continues to serve the Bar as She currently holds numerous Board of Director positions and also serves on the advisory boards of Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers.
Among her many honors are the prestigious Margaret Brent Achievement Award, awarded by the ABA, and the Randolph Thrower Award for Lifetime Achievement Ms. Klein is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Who's Who in America and Chambers USA.
Ms. Klein has authored numerous published works, most on construction topics. Her lecture schedule has included presentations in France, Sweden, Spain, Canada and Russia, and the Southeast United States. She is a member of the American Law Institute, and a mediator and arbitrator.