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2011 Hornstein Law Scholarship Awarded

The Bennett G. Hornstein Memorial Scholarship for aspiring or current law students has been awarded to Rachel Timm for the 2011-2012 school year. She graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a major in speech communication.  Timm will soon begin her second year at Creighton University School of Law. After graduating from law school in 2013, Timm plans to advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault as a legal aid attorney or prosecutor.  She currently works as a domestic violence and sexual assault shelter advocate at Catholic Charities Phoenix House in Council Bluffs, answering the crisis line and mediating client disputes.  Timm also has experience working with youth as a special education paraprofessional, leadership trainer and coach.  

During her first year of law school, Timm made the Dean’s List.  She received awards for highest grades in civil procedures, torts, and legal research classes.  Timm also achieved first place in a client counseling competition and won the Harry L. Welch Award for excellence in civil procedure.  

In recommending Timm for the Hornstein Scholarship, Ralph Whitten, Professor of Law at Creighton, noted that she is an outstanding student who exhibits enthusiasm, leadership and a desire to serve the community. “Her intellectual caliber is simply the best and she will certainly graduate with high or highest honors at the top of the class.”    

The late Bennett Hornstein, assistant Douglas County public defender for 20 years, was a passionate advocate of the rights of those who could not afford a lawyer. After his battle with cancer and untimely death at the age of 46, his family established the Bennett G. Hornstein Endowment Fund in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation.  This fund provides an annual scholarship for a law student who will carry on Hornstein’s commitment to working for those members of society whom no one else wants to help.  This is the sixth year for the scholarship.  

The criteria for selection are those qualities that Hornstein exemplified: a high standard of academic achievement, an adventurous spirit and a desire to take on an active role in service to the community. Applicants must also be attending law school at the University of Nebraska or Creighton University.  

The scholarship selection committee is headed by Hornstein’s son, Joe, of Denver, Colorado, and includes Hornstein’s daughter, Jill Goldstein, attorney for Kutak Rock, as well as other attorneys from the Omaha area.

For more information about the Bennett G. Hornstein Endowment Fund and annual scholarship, please visit