Catherine Dunn Wittinghill | Estate Planning Lawyer in Omaha, NE | Cirriculum Vitae

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Curriculum Vitae (Resume) of Catherine Dunn Wittinghill

Office Address:

Marks, Clare & Richards, LLC
11605 Miracle Hills Dr., Suite 300
Omaha, NE 68154

Office Phone: (402) 492-9800

Email:  cdunn@mcrlawyers.com


Education 

Juris Doctor, Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., May 1993.

  • Associate Editor – CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Telecommunications Policy and Law
  • Editor-in-Chief – Judicial Notice – Law School Newspaper

Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, Political Science, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, May 1990.

Marian High School, Omaha NE, May 1986.


Current Position

 Attorney (May 2018 to Present)
 Marks, Clare & Richards, LLC

  • Provide estate planning services
  • Draft wills, powers of attorney and trusts
  • Represent personal representatives, heirs and spouses during probate estate administration
  • Assist in trust administration
  • Establish and maintain guardianships and conservatorships
  • Represent clients in dissolution, paternity, modification and contempt proceedings
  • Draft QDROs in dissolution of marriage cases

Primary Areas of Practice: Estate Planning, Probate and Family Law Litigation


Previous Positions

Attorney
Welch Law Firm, PC (November 2013 to April 2018)

  • Provide estate planning services
  • Draft wills, powers of attorney and trusts
  • Represent personal representatives, heirs and spouses during probate estate administration
  • Assist in trust administration
  • Establish and maintain guardianships and conservatorships
  • Draft QDROs in dissolution of marriage cases

Primary Areas of Practice: Estate Planning, Probate and Family Law Litigation

Attorney
Dunn Whittinghill Law
September 2010 to October 2013

  • Conducted client intake and case evaluation
  • Drafted pleadings and motions and supporting affidavits
  • Drafted discovery documents and deposed parties and witnesses
  • Conducted legal research using Lexis and WESTLAW
  • Wrote memorandum briefs in support of motions
  • Represented clients at hearings and trials
  • Negotiated settlements

Primary Areas of Practice: Family Law, Criminal and Probate

Adjunct Instructor
Metropolitan Community College (September 2010 to May 2012)

Assistant Director of Paralegal Studies

Assistant Professor of Paralegal Studies
College of Saint Mary (2003 to 2010)

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Developed, reviewed and maintained ABA approved substantive law curriculum.
  • Assisted in recruitment of prospective students.
  • Developed and maintained adequate paralegal library holdings pursuant to ABA Guidelines.
  • Reviewed and selected textbooks that best facilitate student learning.
  • Assessed student learning through graduate surveys, internship surveys and employer focus groups.
  • Prepared the Paralegal Studies Program Yearly Assessment Report.
  • Maintained adjunct faculty meeting minutes and paralegal advisory board meeting minutes for bi-annual meetings.
  • Advised up to 35 students per semester.
  • Monitored and sponsored the Student Paralegal Association.
  • Assisted Program Director in preparation of American Bar Association Accreditation Reports, Site Visits, Interim Reports and Exhibits.
  • Administered the College of Saint Mary WESTLAW account.

Teaching Experience – Undergraduate Courses:

  • Introduction to Paralegal
  • The Legal Environment
  • Law Office Administration
  • Legal Research & Writing I
  • Legal Research & Writing II
  • Litigation I
  • Litigation II
  • Torts
  • Advanced Business Law
  • Estates, Trusts, Tax Law and Probate
  • Contracts
  • Federal Practice and Constitutional Law
  • Legal Research on the Internet
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Immigration Law
  • CyberLaw
  • Juvenile Law
  • ELA – Pulp Law: A Critique of Legal and Ethical Issues in Film and Literature
  • ELA – Liberty and Justice
  • Core Seminar

Associate Professor of Paralegal Studies
College of Saint Mary (1999 to 2003)

Adjunct Professor
College of Saint Mary (1997 to 1999)

Research Attorney
Douglas County District Court, Omaha, Nebraska (1994 to 1999)

Admitted To Practice

  • S. District Court for District of Nebraska
  • Nebraska State Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

  • Nebraska Bar Association – Member, 1994 to Present
  • Omaha Bar Association – Member, 2011 to Present
  • The Robert M. Spire American Inn of Court – Member, 2017 to Present
  • American Association for Paralegal Education – Member, 1999 to 2010
  • Nebraska Association of Legal Assistants (NeALA) – Honorary Member, 1999 to 2010

Honors, Awards and Grants 

  • Outstanding Faculty Member for 2008-2009, College of Saint Mary Student Senate, Omaha, NE – May 2009.
  • Recognized by Paralegal Student for College of Saint Mary Service to the Mission – January 2009.
  • Participant in Faculty Fellow Service Learning Program – 2006-2007.
  • Awarded a CSM Service-Learning Faculty Mini Grant for the development of a service-learning course on liberty and justice, awarded March 27, 2006.
  • Summer Faculty Development Grant – Received funds to support work in outlining and drafting chapters for a textbook addressing legal issues that specifically pertain to women. The working title of the textbook is Hear Me Roar:  The Legal Protection and Empowerment of Women in the United States – Summer 2002.
  • Core Curriculum Course Development Grant for an ELA course entitled “Pulp Law: A Critique of Legal and Ethical Issues in Film and Literature” – Summer 2001 – Fall 2002.
  • Faculty Appreciation Award – Recognized for work writing and editing the NCA Self Study Report – Spring 2001.
  • Core Curriculum Course Development Grant for a course entitled “Professional Presentations.” – Summer – Fall 2000.
  • Faculty Appreciation Award – Recognized for work in preparing the American Bar Association Accreditation Report and work on the Core Curriculum Committee – Spring 2000.

Seminars and Meetings Attended

  • Nebraska Bar Association Annual Meeting 2000-2017.
  • As mandated by the Nebraska Supreme Court, participation in mandatory continuing legal education seminars (MCLE) with completion of at least ten credit hours per year
  • American Association for Paralegal Education Annual Conference – 2000-2009. (Attendance is required by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Paralegals to maintain ABA approval of program.)
  • Faculty Reading Seminar on Service-Learning and Diversity, funded by the Nebraska Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education, Fall and Spring 2005 – 2006.

Papers and Presentations

  • Peer Reviewed Paper Accepted for Presentation and Publication at the Third Symposium of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education: Becoming a Global Citizen in Mercy: June 2010. “Inspiring Global Thought: Open Discourse and Interdisciplinary Programs in Mercy Higher Education.” coauthored and presented by Catherine Dunn Whittinghill, J.D. and Shari Prior, PhD.
  • Presenter at American Association for Paralegal Education Annual Conference, Portland Oregon, October 29, 2009. Session 27: 21st Century Research: Manual is still Alive and Kicking: “Hitting the Books” by Catherine Dunn Whittinghill, J.D.
  • Co-authored and published a peer reviewed article in the Spring 2009 issue of The Paralegal Educator with Shari Prior, Ph.D. “Defending Liberty & Justice: Teaching Students to Understand and Appreciate the United States Bill of Rights.”
  • Presentation, “How to Use a Paralegal Effectively,” Spring Seminar for the Association of Legal Administrators, Nebraska Chapter, Omaha, NE, March 24, 2006.
  • Co-authored and published College of Saint Mary Core Seminar Resource Book 2005-2006, with Shari Prior, Ph.D., in response to the need for a text that directly relates to student orientation and experiences at College of Saint Mary.
  • Co-authored and published an article in the Spring 2005 issue of The Paralegal Educator with Dr. Shari M. Prior, Ph.D. The article is entitled “12 Angry Dead Men Walking (on the) Burning Bed: Teaching Law and Ethics Through Film.”
  • Co-authored and published an article in the Spring 2004 issue of The Paralegal Educator with Shari Prior, Ph.D. The article “Inviting Dissent: College of Saint Mary’s Declaration of Open Discourse,” describes the process used to develop and approve college-wide guidelines for honest discourse and respectful dissent.
  • Authored and presented a paper at the American Association for Paralegal Educators Annual Meeting entitled “Pulp Law and Beyond: The College of Saint Mary’s Approach to Merging Disciplines and Departments.”  October 16, 2003.
  • Published an article in the April 2002 issue of The Paralegal Educator.  The article “Legal Research & Writing: Agony or Art?” addresses ideas and practical assignments used to facilitate teaching effectiveness in legal research and writing courses.
  • Co-authored and presented a paper at the Higher Learning Commission Annual Meeting with Nursing Professor Dr. Mary Partusch, entitled “Big Things Can Come in Small Packages: Getting the Campus Involved in the Self-Study Process of a Private Catholic College for Women.” Published in A Collection of Papers of Self Study and Institutional Improvement, 2002 Edition.
  • Nebraska Association of Legal Assistants (NeALA) Fall Seminar and Annual Meeting, September 17, 1999 – presentation on “Paralegal Career Trends.”

National Business Institute CLE Presentations and Publications

  • Divorce Litigation from Start to Finish
    Enforcement and Post-Trial Modifications
    December 2014
  • Advanced Family Law
    Ethics
    July 2015
  • Voir Dire and Jury Selection
    The Law of Jury Selection
    How Jurors Think: What Every Litigator Needs to Know
    October 2015
  • Divorce Cases from Start to Finish
    Initial Interviews and Pleadings
    April 2016
  • Forensic Accounting 101 for Attorneys
    Ethical Standards
    October 2016
  • Probate: Everything You Need to Know
    Law Update, Rules Changes & Recent Developments
    December 2016
  • Trusts from A to Z
    Simple Testamentary Trusts and Revocable Living Trusts
    Ethics
    December 2016
  • Advanced Family Law
    Death and Divorce
    July 2017
  • The Probate Process from Start to Finish
    How to File an Estate in Court
    Final Accounting and Closing the Estate
    October 2017
  • Estate Administration Boot Camp
    Forms of Administration and When They Are Used
    First Steps and Notices, Executor Duties, Opening the Estate
    March 2018

Book and Article Reviews

  • Pamela S. Gibson, Wills, Trusts and Probate Law for Paralegals (1st 2009) Reviewed for Pearson Education in May 2009.
  • Editorial Consultant for The Paralegal Educator. Served as peer reviewer for five articles submitted for publication in the Spring and Summer 2009 editions.