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December 7, 2017
The Nebraska Judicial Resources Commission held its annual public hearing on December 4, 2017. Meeting minutes with attachments have been uploaded to the Judicial Branch website. Read: December 4 Judicial Resources Commission (Printing caution, with attachments the document is 238 pages)Read more
November 27, 2017
The Women and the Law Section of the Nebraska State Bar Association is pleased to announce that Riko Bishop, Nebraska Court of Appeals Judge, has received the 2017 Outstanding Contributor to Women in the Law Award. Judge Bishop makes a concerted effort to mentor young women (and men) in pursuit of a legal career. She takes personal interest in mentoring aspiring women and minorities who are considering the law on how to prepare for law school and how to develop a legal career. Judge Bishop has...Read more
November 27, 2017
Shortly after 1:00 p.m. on November 3, 2017, Beatrice High School Principal Jason Sutter announced the transformation of the school auditorium into a courtroom – a Supreme Court courtroom -- where justices, along with Court of Appeals Chief Judge Frankie Moore, listened to two arguments, answered questions and discussed with the students some of their insights into the legal community. Before starting the session, District Court Judge Rick Schreiner instructed the students on the differences...Read more
November 21, 2017
Mike Nehe, Domestic Violence Program Services Specialist for the Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation announced that the project to update Harassment and Domestic Abuse Protection Order forms is complete. The petition and affidavit forms completed by the public have new instructions to assist them in completing the forms. New Sexual Assault Protection Order forms and instructions as well as the Domestic Abuse renewal forms and instructions required after the passage of LB289 were...Read more
November 20, 2017
Judges of the Separate Juvenile Court in Omaha surrounded Judge Wadie Thomas at his final official adoption day press conference to present him with a fitting parting gift – a big “adoption day” teddy bear. The judge who brought National Adoption Day to Nebraska – Judge Thomas -- will retire just after the first of the year, January 2018. Teddy bears are a big item on National Adoption Day across the county. Bears are given to adoptees by judges for the children to love and care for, as they...Read more
November 20, 2017
The Central Nebraska Drug Court held a ceremony and celebration on November 14, 2017, at the Windmill Center in Minden, Nebraska where Nebraska State Senator John Kuehn delivered the graduation ceremony keynote address. For Drug Court graduates, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive treatment, intense community-based supervision, cognitive programming and judicial oversight. There were 28 graduates from Phelps, Buffalo, Kearney, Adams and Hall Counties. Drug...Read more
November 20, 2017
Chief Justice Mike Heavican and Office of Dispute Resolution Director Debora Denny awarded a 25th Anniversary commendation to The Mediation Center (TMC) in Lincoln on November 16, 2017. The Mediation Center Executive Director Casey Karges and Board Chair Jim Gordon accepted the honor. The event was held at the Lincoln Country Club, where over 100 attended the anniversary celebration. UNL College of Law Professor Alan Frank, State Deputy Ombudsman Carl Eskridge, Debora Denny and others noted...Read more
November 16, 2017
Antelope County Court Clerk Magistrate Barb Finn submitted her notice of retirement effective December 29, 2017, after nearly 45 years of service to the Judicial Branch. According to Judge Donna Taylor of Neligh, "Barb was the Clerk Magistrate when I arrived in Neligh, Nebraska, as a young inexperienced lawyer 33 years ago. She operated her court office with certain expectations of the lawyers and we young lawyers respected and attempted to meet those expectations.” Taylor continued, “Over the...Read more
November 8, 2017
On November 2, 2017 the District 1 Probation office in Beatrice held a ceremony to commemorate two individuals who both made a big impact in their community. The probation office named two rooms in their reporting center in honor of Gage County’s first probation officer, Cliff Wolf, Jr., and Jeremy Wach, a volunteer firefighter and member of the Gage County Sheriff’s Office. The ceremony was led by District 1 Chief Probation Officer Jeremy Behrends and was well attended by family, friends, co-...Read more
October 27, 2017
Dakota County Court Clerk Magistrate Paula Jensen submitted her notice of retirement effective November 30, 2017, after forty-four years of service to the Judicial Branch. County Court Judge Kurt Rager noted that Paula Jensen has been an indispensable asset to the Dakota County Court, “Her professionalism, wit and wisdom have made a difficult job appear easy and stress free when the reality is quite the opposite.” He continued saying, “It has been my privilege to work with her for more than 16...Read more

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