Lincoln – Judge of the District Court, Third Judicial District, Karen B. Flowers, is retiring effective December 31, 2013.
In her retirement letter to the Chief Justice, Judge Flowers noted, “I can’t begin to tell you what an honor and pleasure it has been to serve on the District Court bench for the last 17 or so years.” She added, “I will miss it when I leave.”
As her legacy, Judge Flowers leaves the community with the Lancaster County Adult Drug Court, the first drug court in Lancaster County. She was awarded the Distinguished Judge for Improvement of the Judicial System in 2002 for her leadership and supervision of court. Her other endeavors include teaching the Domestic Relations section of new judge orientation and participation in many educational seminars for both judges and lawyers. She also served as president of the Lincoln chapter of the American Inns of Court, past president of the Lincoln Bar Association, and past chair of the Nebraska Bar Association’s House of Delegates. She also served as presiding judge for the district on a rotating basis.
Flowers is the first female in Lancaster County to have been appointed to the district court bench. She is a Nebraska State Bar Foundation Fellow, a selection by colleagues in the legal profession based on integrity and character. She was presented with the State Bar Foundation’s Legal Pioneer Award in 2006. She is a co-founder of the University of Nebraska College of Law Women’s Law Caucus and a Distinguished Alumni of Leadership Lincoln.
The first step in replacing Judge Flowers will be for the Judicial Resources Commission to call a meeting to determine whether or not, based on judicial workload statistics, her retirement creates a judicial vacancy on the district court bench of the Third Judicial District (Lancaster County).
Resources Commission Information: http://www.supremecourt.ne.gov/commissions/jrc.shtml