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Michael J. Elsken

Mike started on April 1, 2002 as an Attorney. Mike has extensive knowledge of social security, assistive technology, and special education. He has been engaged in a broad range of “protection and advocacy” activities for the agency on behalf of individuals with disabilities in the State of Nebraska, including: litigation in both the Federal and state court systems, participating in an array of Federal and state administrative proceedings, participation as a presenter in educational and training programs for individuals with disabilities, and for entities who supply services for individuals with disabilities. He also conducts public policy reviews.

Mike is a member of the following:

  • PAIR/PAAT/PATBI/PAVA/PABSS Stakeholder Group

Former activities include:

  • Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Advisory Council
  • President, Home and School Association, St. Mary’s Catholic School, Lincoln, Nebraska (2000-2001)
  • Advisor, Boy’s State Government Program of the American Legion (2001-2003)
  • Lincoln Coin Club, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Volunteer, Food Bank of Lincoln
  • International Order of Foresters
  • Evaluator, Mock Court Competition, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Law School
  • Board of Directors, Mental Health Association of Nebraska (1989-1992)