Legendary Women of UNO


Margaret R. Fischer Law is a great field for women. There has never been a day when I haven't wanted to get up and go to the office.

2011 Awardee

Margaret R. Fischer


Margaret R. Fischer was a devoted and generous woman with an enthusiasm for life. Her long history with the university began when she attended Omaha University where she was Vice President of the Student Council graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1928. She then attended Omaha University Night Law School at the original Pratt Street campus, graduating in 1929. Margaret's association with the university continued throughout her life. She served as Vice President of the Omaha Alumni Association and as a member of the Board of Regents. She received the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Alumni Achievement Award and was a member of the Honorary Order of the Tower in recognition of her service to the school.

She gained prestige in a profession commonly considered the exclusive domain of men. One of the first Nebraska women to earn a law degree, she was a pioneer as a woman in the profession. Margaret announced in the 8th grade that she wanted to become a lawyer. She started working at her father's firm at age fourteen to become acquainted with the law. She was admitted to the bar in June of 1929.

Margaret's integrity, honesty, generosity, and kindness allowed her to practice law in a very personal way. She truly loved her work and built a very successful practice. She continued to practice law full-time until her death at the age of eighty-two.

About the Award

In 2009, the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) unanimously decided to offer an annual award to honor University of Nebraska at Omaha women alumni who have made lifelong contributions to UNO. The Legendary Woman of UNO Award will be introduced during Women’s History Month at the March 2010 CCSW luncheon. Members of the Women’s Centennial Archive Project (WCAP) joined the CCSW in selecting the first UNO woman for the award.

In the future, UNO students from both groups will join faculty and staff members as they review nominations and recommendations for the annual award.

Criteria for Selection

The woman must be deceased

No more than one woman may be selected each year for recognition

The committee will consider the impact the nominee had on:

  • Future of UNO
  • Issues pertaining to women
  • Environment for students, faculty and staff
  • Core institutional structure

Documentation to support her achievements


Women's Centennial Archive Project
Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women
University of Nebraska at Omaha
UNO Alumni Association