Patty Pansing Brooks, former Senator and partner at Brooks Pansing Brooks, was recently honored in Lincoln at the Nebraska State Bar Foundation’s annual Fellows Dinner.
She received the Bar Foundation’s Public Service Award, which recognizes a lawyer who has been or is in the employ of local, state or federal government in Nebraska, or a Nebraska lawyer in government employment outside the state whose performance is deserving of recognition.
Steve Bartle, who presented the award to Pansing Brooks said that, “Throughout her life, Patty has been a champion of youth justice reform, child healthcare, Native American rights, a woman’s right of choice and LGBTQ legislation.”
Senator Pansing Brooks was a member of the Nebraska legislature for the last eight years, adding exceptional success to her decades long work in Lincoln and greater Nebraska.
One of Patty’s greatest achievements while in the legislature was championing the efforts to address the alcohol abuse issues of Whiteclay. Patty worked with the Unicameral’s only Native American Senator, Tom Brewer. These two led the effort to revoke liquor licenses for providers of excessive amounts of alcohol on the Pineridge reservation. This included following up with health services for Native Americans in that area.
Headquartered in Lincoln, the Bar Foundation is dedicated to serving the citizens of Nebraska and the legal profession through the administration and funding of innovative programs directed at the improvement of the administration of justice and the fulfillment of the American vision of equal justice for all.