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Our team at Pesek Law recently attended the Barrister’s Ball in support of the Nebraska State Bar Association, where attorney Ross Pesek was recognized with the 2023 Visionary Award. Leer más

Injury lawyer firm in Omaha gives annual scholarship that opens doors for young people

A Recipient and a donor share their thoughts on the impact of True Potential Scholarship.

Since 2013, the injury law firm, Pesek Law, has contributed to the True Potential Scholarship program, an endeavor that has been opening doors for young immigrants seeking higher education. Founded by Ross Pesek, CEO of Pesek Law, and his wife, Karen, CFO of the firm, the initiative aims to empower immigrant students by providing them with the opportunity to attend college and achieve their dreams.

“True Potential Changed my Life:” Meet Israel

Israel is a nontraditional student who headed back to school after starting a family. He says the True Potential Scholarship created a turning point for him.
“My journey with True Potential and Karen has been amazing!” he said. “They gave me the opportunity to go back to school to study and improve my life. I feel extremely blessed to have their support.”

He received his first award in 2023, starting his first class in September. He’s been tackling classes one or two at a time ever since and is on track to earn his degree in 2025.

How did you learn about the True Potential Scholarship?

I heard about the True Potential Scholarship from Roberto, a success navigator at the learning community center in South Omaha. He helped me to find resources and apply for different scholarships.

What degree are you pursuing?

I am pursuing Electrical Technology. Years ago, I was volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and I saw the electricians installing wires. There were wires everywhere, from the electrical panel to each of the rooms, hallways, stairs – everywhere. It grabbed my full attention; it was so interesting to me.

What career are you working toward?

I would like to become a full-time electrician. I was studying for my GED when representatives from Metropolitan Community College – where I am now attending classes – visited the center. They talked about trades that were in high demand, as well as some opportunities that Metro was offering once we finished the GED. One of the trades was electrical. I was so excited! I immediately thought about my experience with Habitat for Humanity and knew this was my chance.

I could learn more about something I found so interesting and potentially make it my career. With the help of True Potential, I know I will. They have helped me so much and I’m grateful for the opportunity.

What advice do you have for future students?

For anyone who dreams of continuing to study, I would say make an effort to find resources. No matter how difficult it is, never give up.

Of course, it is very discouraging and sad when you apply for scholarships and, for different reasons, you do not qualify for any of them. Fortunately, there are Angels like Karen at the helm of organizations like True Potential making dreams come true for people like me. I did not have the opportunity to study in my country to fulfill my dreams and goals, but now I do.

Business Owner, Mentor, Benefactor: Why Ricardo Castro Gives to the True Potential Scholarship

Ricardo Castro, founder of Castro Realty, has been a sponsor of the True Potential fundraiser for ten years. Ricardo also employs a True Potential graduate, Martha Gomez. Martha is one of the first realtors in Nebraska with DACA status. Ricardo has been a mentor to her and other students.

How did you learn about the True Potential Scholarship?

Ross Pesek was the first person to share True Potential with me.

What made you decide to support this cause?

I support the True Potential Scholarship because it is focused on a specific segment of our community that, I feel, needs the boost. My wife and I immigrated from Peru, so we understand some of the challenges these students are facing.

I trust Ross and Karen, and I appreciate the work they are doing to provide justice and equal opportunity for families of mixed immigration status.”

What advice do you have for students?

Keep reaching for your goals. Be disciplined, never give up and remember to ask for help. If you have goals and plan to reach them, you can absolutely do it.

Learn more about the True Potential Scholarship; donate or apply now by clicking here 

True Potential Scholarship

By: Ross Pesek

You might find it surprising, but I know what it’s like to feel out of place. I lived in Mexico City once. I looked so different and stood out so much that people would even stop to take pictures of me in the street. Those moments made me really understand how important it is to connect with others on a human level, no matter how different we seem. We all want the best for ourselves and our families. Leer más

In an ideal world, insurance would serve as a reliable safety net, offering peace of mind and security in the face of unexpected hard times. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, insurance companies don’t play fair and this causes extra trouble for people who are already having a hard time. Leer más

In 2011, Pesek Law as we know it now did not yet exist. I was a young lawyer, fluent in Spanish, who believed in my community and the restorative power of justice. The legal scene in South Omaha at the time was marred by unethical practices. People thought they were getting help–they were desperately trying to pay for that help–and they were just being scammed by those who should have known better.

I saw people struggling with really simple things. Because they had immigrated to the United States, language was a barrier. Finances were a barrier. Families in my community were suffering and I didn’t believe it had to be that way.

I also believed I could make a difference.

That year marked the beginning of the free legal clinic that has now been going strong for more than 12 years. Located in the parish offices of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church at 23rd and O Streets, the clinic is just a stone’s throw from our law office in the heart of South Omaha. Every Monday night, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (though volunteers often stay late to meet with everyone who comes), our doors are open to all on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The setting is humble, but the services rendered can be life-changing. Our attorneys, all Spanish speakers, offer consultations to every person seeking guidance on a variety of topics.

 

  • “I got this official looking letter in the mail and I don’t know what it says.”
  • “I just arrived from Guatemala and I need to find a school for my kid.”
  • “I need to apply for residency.”
  • “I need to change my name.”
  • “How do I get a divorce?”
  • “How do I get a restraining order?”

 

Although it might come as a surprise, I have experienced what it’s like to be an immigrant. Everybody looks differently than you and everybody speaks differently than you. When I lived in Mexico City, people would stop and take pictures of me on the street because I looked so different from everybody else. This memory drives me to connect with everyone I meet on a human level. We are all just people.

At the beginning of every consultation, I say, “how can I help you? Como le puedo servir?” More often than not, people are asking for small things–at least things that seem small to me. But that simple translation of a letter, that basic advice, that bit of correct information, can be monumental in solving the problem they are facing.

As a result of these humble meetings, I am able to walk down the street and see families who avoided being broken apart by deportations. People we assisted in getting immigration status. People we’ve helped get compensated after work injuries or car crashes. And I know we did something that was important for a family and important for our community. As a result of these meetings and the results of our work, we are proud to see former clients.

Today, with more Spanish-speaking volunteer attorneys, we’re able to help even more families. We are honored to be joined in our efforts by Julia Cryne and Larry Jarvis, both immigration law experts fromCarlson and Blakeman LLC. Deanna Piña, joins us as a Family Law attorney from the Nebraska Legal Group. Pesek Law’s own Daniel Martin also joins the ranks as an accident and insurance bad faith lawyer.

The attorneys who volunteer at our free legal clinic are equipped to provide general advice across a broad spectrum. When necessary, we guide individuals to appropriate non-profits or private services. Attorneys may also choose to take a case outside the clinic if the individual wishes to hire them.

But this isn’t about selling ourselves or our firms. Always, our primary aim is to ensure our community has access to accurate and reliable legal advice, in a way they understand. For Pesek Law, the free legal clinic is more than a hub of legal consultations, it’s a cornerstone of community trust and education. We’re working to create meaningful interaction between legal professionals and community members.

We hope this effort is a reflection of our deep-rooted commitment to serve and empower our community. It is certainly one of the ways we demonstrate our commitment to transparency and ethical practice, to justice and community service.

If you have questions about the free legal clinic, please contact Pesek Law at (402) 342-9684 or visit us online at www.PesekLaw.com.

 

By Ross Pesek

 

 

As we close 2023, we reflect in the work we do and the people we represent. It has been an honor to fight for justice for individuals against greedy corporations. We look forward to the year ahead, where we will present one case in front of the Nebraska Supreme Court, and then we’ll head into two trials soon after. We are proud of the work that we do and the people we represent.

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We’re proud of our summer intern, Mairan Rodriguez, for highlighting the importance of accessible legal advice for all at her Capstone presentation this past weekend. Leer más

The Prairie Barrister – The Mountain

“No more thieves I believe in the goodness of heart;
It’s return, let it burn, let ’em know who we are;
An ancient tribe of the sky, the redeemer of men;
Sound the song, evil gone, there’s no need to defend.”
Trevor Hall – The Mountain. Leer más

Celebrating a Decade of Empowering Immigrant Students: True Potential’s 10-Year Celebration and Fundraiser

 

True Potential recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a successful fundraising event that raised an impressive $38,856. Leer más

The annual Spring Planting Day on S 24th Street was a successful event that brought together over 45 volunteers of all ages and walks of life. With the support of our partners, the Nebraska Arboretum and Master Gardeners, we joined forces to transform the commercial corridor into a lively and colorful space. Leer más

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