The American Association for Justice (AAJ) aims to promote a fair and effective justice system as well as support the work of attorneys in their efforts to make sure all Americans have the ability to pursue and obtain justice in our nation’s courtrooms after being injured due to misconduct or negligence. AAJ is one of the leading attorney organizations in the U.S. and all of its members and officers work hard to protect our civil right to trial by jury as well as educate other lawyers in how to successfully represent clients and protect the democratic values inherent in the civil justice system.
At Welsh & Welsh, we feel that the American Association for Justice is vital to the legal profession as a whole, to personal injury lawyers nationwide, and to our nation. We’re proud to announce that Christopher P. Welsh has been selected to represent the Nebraska jurisdiction as part of the American Association for Justice Board of Governors. The Board of Governors is the governing body of the AAJ and establishes and approves all association policies.
On Tuesday, October 31st, five people were injured when a Jeep SUV crashed into Crane Coffee, a coffee shop located near 129th Street and West Maple Road in Omaha, Nebraska. The accident happened just before 9:45 am. As of Tuesday night, two of the injured victims remained in the hospital– one with critical injuries. The other 3 victims suffered minor injuries.
Omaha police officers are still trying to get to the bottom of how the crash occurred or why, but what they do know so far is that the Jeep was traveling eastbound on West Maple when the driver appeared to lose control and proceeded to plow through an area of grass, a two-lane road, and then directly into the coffee shop. It was reported that the Jeep was fully lodged into the building at impact which suggests that a braking error may have taken place.
We’re proud to announce that Christopher Welsh is now a member of the Nebraska chapter of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). The American Board of Trial Advocates is an invite-only organization for trial attorneys that aims to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, and courtesy in the legal profession. The association’s members come from all areas of the United States and are united under separate chapters in each state.
Founded in 1958, ABOTA’s primary purpose is to preserve the civil justice system, help younger attorneys achieve a higher level of trial advocacy, and educate the public regarding the importance of the Seventh Amendment which supports trial advocacy.
We’re proud to announce that Christopher Welsh will be speaking during this year’s Southern Trial Lawyers Association (STLA) Fall Retreat. The retreat is being held from October 6th through 8th in St. Petersburg, Florida at Vinoy Hotel. During the retreat, lawyers who belong to the organization will be sharing their knowledge during a CLE seminar regarding best practice policies and tips for running a successful law firm. Christopher Welsh will be discussing the following topic: “Cutting Edge Tips to Streamline Your Practice.”
At Welsh & Welsh, we’re committed to helping make Nebraska’s legal community and our local communities as strong as they possibly can be. One essential part of these efforts is education. By helping educate other Nebraska lawyers about how to best represent their clients, we strengthen the presence of the legal profession as a whole while ensuring those in need of legal services get the best representation possible.
Christopher Welsh is speaking at the upcoming Nebraska State Bar Association’s (NSBA) 2017 Annual Meeting that runs from October 11th through 13th to share his knowledge regarding the appeal process and how it should be handled by trial lawyers. This year’s event theme is “Equality Before the Law” and the seminar’s topics range in theme from handling appeals to intellectual property law, agricultural law, family law, real estate law, pro bono, tech/business law, and more.
All of the attorneys and staff at Welsh & Welsh PC, LLO are dedicated to helping our local and nationwide communities navigate toward a brighter future. This year, we decided to start a scholarship that would help us do just that by assisting one college student with securing their college education. The first submission period for that scholarship, Fall 2017, just came to a close.
We were truly humbled by the amount of applications we received– 104 total– as well as the exceptional high quality of every essay. All of the essays were outstanding. Choosing just one winner was difficult!
We’re pleased to announce we’ve chosen a winner.
Congratulations to Nicole Quezada of Huron, California!
Nicole will be attending University of California, Davis as a Biomedical Engineering major this fall.
At Welsh & Welsh PC, LLO, we believe that as lawyers, we should do our part to give back to the local community whenever possible and raise awareness about programs that help those in need of legal services. One such program that perfectly fits these ideals is the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP). The Volunteer Lawyers Project is part of the Nebraska State Bar Association’s pro bono program and aims to help the less fortunate in Nebraska obtain legal representation and pursue equal justice.
VLP and its network of volunteer lawyers was established in 1982. Since then, it has provided critical civil legal services to low-income Nebraskans. In 2016, the program helped more than 6,000 Nebraska residents receive help from lawyers and 2,800 more receive representation at county courthouses. Most cases VLP helps with involve issues affecting basic human needs. Volunteer lawyers often help families place children in a safer living environment, for example, or obtain the financial support they need to survive.
Some long-awaited news has finally come for Kansas farmers who bought and used Syngenta corn seed between the years 2009 and 2014. Syngenta, a Swedish agribusiness, knowingly sold seed containing a genetically modified trait that was not approved in China. Farmers in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri were unable to export most corn crops to China during this time since the crops were potentially contaminated by the unapproved trait. This caused financial disaster for many farmers.
On June 23rd, 2017, a federal jury in Kansas awarded these farmers with nearly $218 million in a verdict against Syngenta. The farmers sued stating that the company knew that the trait wasn’t approved in China yet sold the seed regardless. China is one of the largest importers of U.S. corn and the effects were apparent worldwide when farmers were unable to export their crops.
At Welsh & Welsh, our personal injury attorneys have been practicing law for over 50 years. One of the many things we’ve learned during our years of success is that in order to provide our clients with the best legal advice and services possible, we must always look ahead. Every profession is currently living the technological future as we speak, and this includes the legal profession. Lawyers who don’t embrace technology simply get left behind.
We realized that to better embrace technology and all the benefits it offers, we needed a website that allowed our clients to easily obtain the legal information they needed at any time. We also needed a website that made it simple for prospective clients to find everything they needed to know about our firm upfront– using any mobile device, including a smartphone or tablet computer.