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Paralegal & Legal Studies Program Committee

2023-2024 MCC Legal Studies Advisory Committee

MCC Legal Studies Advisory Committee members offer industry-based expertise that informs the currency and relevancy of curricula and programs. Members also support students through networking, internships, and scholarship opportunities. MCC is grateful for the professionalism and commitment of these important stakeholders as we work to serve our students, community and stakeholders.

Donna Birkby
Lawyer Referral Service, Omaha Bar Association

Carol Cleaver
Adjunct Instructor; Regulatory Compliance Manager, National Indemnity Company

Jessica Gillispie
President, MCC Student Paralegal Association

Magee Kopecky
Paralegal, Koley Jessen

John Kwapnioski
Associate General Counsel, Farm Credit Services of America

Kristine Krupka
Paralegal, Baird Holm

Susan Lewis
Senior Associate General Counsel, Mutual of Omaha

Jimmie Pinkham III
Adjunct Instructor; Deputy County Attorney, Douglas County Attorney’s Office

Amber Roberts
Paralegal, Kiewit Corporation

Jean Roeder
Retired federal judicial assistant

Amy Schmitt
Manager of Legal Operations, Mutual of Omaha


Working Groups

To inform the program about changes and trends in the field, including the importance and impact of diversity and inclusion.

Job Market & Career Opportunities
To assist the program in assessing the job market, and to assist the program in exploring and developing career opportunities for paralegals, including efforts to expand diversity and inclusion in the field.

To evaluate the adequacy of library resources in accordance with G-303.

To assess the effectiveness of the total program in terms of its curriculum and objectives, the needs of the legal community, and graduate performance, including efforts to promote diversity and inclusion.

To advise regarding admissions standards for the selection of qualified students for the program, including expansion of student numbers from diverse backgrounds.

To assist in securing competent instructors, including those from diverse backgrounds.

Public Relations
To publicize the program and secure community cooperation and interest, including with diverse communities.