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Culhane to receive NSBA award

CulhaneMarianne Culhane, long time law professor and former dean of the Creighton University School of Law, will receive the Nebraska State Bar Association (NSBA)’s Award of Special Merit on Oct. 12, during the association’s annual meeting at the Embassy Suites in La Vista. Culhane is being honored for her service to the law school and Nebraska’s legal community.

Culhane joined the Creighton law faculty in 1977, and served as dean from 2010 until her retirement in 2015. Prior to joining Creighton, Culhane served as a law clerk to the Honorable Donald P. Lay of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and practiced law in Omaha. She served on the Board of Trustees of the Iowa Law School Foundation and on the Board of Directors of the Omaha Legal Aid Society. While attending the University of Iowa, Culhane was a member of the Order of the Coif. She is a recipient of the Iowa Bar Award of Merit.

Culhane and fellow Creighton law professor Michaela White, were the principal investigators for a nationwide empirical research project on reaffirmation practice in bankruptcy with grants from the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and the Nebraska State Bar Associations Bankruptcy Section.

“As the first female dean of Creighton law school, Marianne set a new standard for academic leadership in our school, our university, and our community.  She carried us forward to a place of strength in the legal market,” says interim dean Michael Kelly, JD, LLM.  “Marianne’s commitment to the law school has had a profound effect on who we are today and, in return, we are very, very proud of her."


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