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NCC hires general counsel and policy analyst

A former seminarian who also served as a legislative aide and legal researcher for the Nebraska attorney general has been hired as general counsel and policy analyst for the Nebraska Catholic Conference (NCC).

Michael McHale brings a number of talents and skills to the conference, particularly legal analysis and writing, said Tom Venzor, executive director of the NCC, which represents the public policy interests of Archbishop George J. Lucas and Bishops James D. Conley of Lincoln and Joseph G. Hanefeldt of Grand Island.

He also "possesses a deep Catholic faith rooted in the strong philosophical, theological and spiritual traditions of the church," Venzor said.

McHale said he is 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."

A native of Cambridge, Neb., who holds journalism and law degrees from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, McHale was an aide to state Sen. John Nelson of Omaha. He conducted legal research and wrote about issues related to the Legislature and judiciary with the state attorney general’s office.

Most recently, he spent two years in the seminary for the Lincoln diocese studying philosophy and theology.

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