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Nebraska Catholic Conference hires General Counsel/Policy Analyst

LINCOLN (SNR/NCC) –  The Nebraska Catholic Conference (NCC) announced the hiring of Michael McHale as the new general counsel/policy analyst Sept. 19.

McHale was selected by Tom Venzor, executive director of the NCC, and Nebraska’s three Catholic bishops—Archbishop George J. Lucas of the Archdiocese of Omaha, Bishop James D. Conley of the Diocese of Lincoln, and Bishop James G. Hanefeldt of the Diocese of Grand Island.

“Michael brings a number of important talents and skills to the Nebraska Catholic Conference, most especially his keen legal analysis and writing skills. Most importantly, Michael possesses a deep Catholic faith which is rooted in the strong philosophical, theological, and spiritual traditions of the Church,” said Venzor.

McHale served for Senator John Nelson of Omaha in the Nebraska Legislature as a legislative aide where he assisted the Senator in crafting and analyzing policy. McHale has also worked with the Attorney General of Nebraska where he conducted extensive legal research and writing on issues related to the legislature and the judiciary. Most recently, McHale spent two years in the seminary for the Diocese of Lincoln where he studied philosophy and theology.

“I am deeply thankful to the bishops and to Tom for this opportunity to labor with the Church in the field of law and policy, especially in these critical times. I am eager to help bring the Church’s rich understanding of God and man, along with the best traditions of the law, to bear in our legal system and in the culture at large.”

McHale is a native of Cambridge, and is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and the University of Nebraska College of Law. He is replacing Sheri Rickert.

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