Hon. Patrick R. McDermott

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Hon. Patrick R. McDermott


1997 - present 
Judge of the County Court, 5th Judicial District
Boone, Butler, Colfax, Hamilton, Merrick, Nance, Platte, Polk, Saunders, Seward, & York counties

Presiding Judge, 5th Judicial District


1978 - 1997 
Private practice of law, County Attorney
Perkins, Arthur, Hayes, Logan, & Garden counties
1974 - 1978
Douglas County Public Defender’s Office
Omaha, NE
1969 - 1971
Contractor to NASA, programmer-analyst
College Park, MD
1967 - 1969
Defense Intelligence Agency, intelligence analyst
Washington DC


University of Nebraska, Graduate School, 2009
Masters in Public Administration

Creighton University School of Law, 1974
Juris Doctorate

Creighton University, 1967
Bachelor of Arts

Judicial/Law Related Activities

Professional Affiliations
Nebraska State Bar Association
Nebraska State Bar/Local Attorney Association Committees
Judicial Structure Task Force
Nebraska Supreme Court Committees
Language Access Committee
Commission on Children in the Courts
Automation Committee
Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative, lead judge, 5th Judicial District 
Process Re-Engineering Committee, chairman
Nebraska County Judges Association
Legislation Committee, chairperson
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Juvenile and Family Law Advisory Committee
Member of Board of Trustees

Community Activities

Mock Trial Project

Honors and Awards

2007 Nebraska Supreme Court Outstanding Judge for service to the Judiciary:
The highest honor given by the Chief Justice to recognize members of the judiciary for meritorious projects and exemplary accomplishments that enhance the vision of justice within Nebraska communities. 
Commendation, from the Defense Intelligence Agency
Nebraska Association of County Officials - Outstanding Service Award