Two Nebraska Judges were presented with the Supreme Court’s highest honor of the Judicial Branch. Workers’ Compensation Court Judge Laureen Van Norman was given the Service to the Community Award and Red Willow County Court Judge Anne Paine was given the Service to the Judiciary Award by Chief Justice Mike Heavican.
The awards, designed to recognize members of the judiciary for meritorious projects and exemplary accomplishments, were presented Wednesday, October 24, 2012, in Omaha, Nebraska.
Judge Paine earned the Distinguished Judge for Service to the Judiciary award for her many innovative projects, the most recent being a pilot project to improve compliance with court-ordered financial obligations for probationers in criminal cases. Working with Supreme Court staff and the National Center for State Courts, Paine involved the her fellow judges and local court employees in designing an automated text-message and email system to notify offenders of upcoming payment obligations and court dates.
Judge Paine’s efforts have been shared throughout the state with a comparable function developed through the Court’s statewide case management system.
Previously, just after the start of her judicial career, Judge Paine was presented the 2009 Child Champion Award at the Nebraska Children’s Summit, when she was recognized as an individual with particular dedication and service in improving the court system for children.
Paine currently serves on the Supreme Court Commission on Children in the Courts and the Juvenile Case Progression Standards Committee. She is Lead Judge for the 11th Judicial District Eyes of the Child Team – 3, and serves on the “Centralization” Committee of the Nebraska Court System Reengineering Committee.
In presenting the awards, Chief Justice Heavican thanked both judges for their dedication to the legal profession and their communities.
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