Hon. Joel B. Jay

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301 N Jeffers Street, Room 207
North Platte
(308) 534-4350
(308) 535-3525

Hon. Joel B. Jay


2019 - present
Judge of the County Court, 11th Judicial District
Arthur, Chase, Dawson, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Gosper, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker, Keith, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Perkins, and Red Willow counties

Presiding Judge, 11th Judicial District, County Court


Jay Law Office, Sole Practitioner
Chappell, Nebraska

2015 – 2019                                                                                          
Deuel County Attorney
Deuel County, Nebraska                                                               

 2003 - 2019
Chappell City Attorney
Chappell, Nebraska                                                                     

Rork Law Office, Associate Attorney
Topeka, Kansas

North Central Regional Public Defender’s Office, Staff Attorney
Junction City, Kansas


Washburn University School of Law, 1997
Juris Doctor

Student Executive Editor, ABA Family Law Quarterly, May 1996-May 1997
American Bar Association, Washburn Representative
Washburn Student Bar Executive Council

Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, 1993
Bachelor of Arts in English and History                            

Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, Treasurer

Dodge City Community College, Dodge City, Kansas, 1991
Associate of Arts

Dodge City Community College Student Senate, President

Judicial/Law Related Professional Activities

Nebraska, 2001-Present
Colorado, 2014-2020
Kansas, 1997-2020

Professional Affiliations
Nebraska State Bar Association, 2002-Present
     NSBA Inaugural Leadership Academy, 2007 
Nebraska County Attorney’s Association, Member, 2015 – 2019
     Board of Directors, 3rd District At-Large Representative, 2018 - 2019
Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association, 2002 – 2014

Nebraska County Judges Association
Legislative Committee, member, 2019-Present

Nebraska Supreme Court Committees
Commission on Children in the Courts,  2020 – Present

Community Activities

Chappell Community Fund; Nebraska Community Foundation, Chairperson, January 2018 - 2019

Volunteers of America – Western Nebraska, Board of Directors,  January 2013 - 2020

Chappell Chamber of Commerce, 2002 - 2019
     Vice President and Board of Directors                                                                                                

Creek Valley School District Board of Education, November 2012 - January 2015
     Served as Vice President and President

Deuel/Garden County Extension Board, January 2010 – December 2012

Immanuel Lutheran Church Council, 2004 –2008

Maiwand Jezails, Scion Society of the Baker Street Irregulars,  2015-Present


Revised October 2022