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May 24, 2018
A swearing-in ceremony for Myndee Hagan as Clerk Magistrate of Dawson and Gosper Counties was held May 22, 2018, in the Dawson County Courthouse in Lexington, Nebraska. Judge Jeffrey Wightman presided over the ceremony. Hagan began working with the county court system in 2016 as a records clerk for Gosper County Court. The majority of her professional career has been spent in the County and Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Courts. Photo: Myndee Hagan is assisted with her robe by her husband,...Read more
May 24, 2018
Maureen Eck has been named Supreme Court Deputy Librarian of the State Law Library by the Nebraska Supreme Court. Eck has served as the Interim Deputy State Librarian since the retirement of Marie Wiechman in January 2018, and had served as the Library Technician/Assistant providing reference and referral services since April 2014. Eck received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Christian University, and will receive her Masters in Library Science degree from the University of North Texas in...Read more
May 15, 2018
Following the Supreme Court’s traditional argument session at the Creighton University School of Law on April 5, 2018, the judges packed their robes and headed to Millard North High School for one final argument session. Omaha attorneys argued the personal property dispute of Zelenka v. Pratte regarding the custody of a pet following a relationship breakup. Before the argument session, Douglas County District Court Judge Timothy Burns provided a packed auditorium with an introduction of the...Read more
May 15, 2018
Kathleen Hein, Courtroom Clerk with the Platte County Court, was presented the 2018 Evelyn E. Labode Service to Youth Award during the recent Nebraska Juvenile Justice Association Conference. The award recognizes a professional in a field who demonstrates commitment, initiative and advocacy on behalf of the youth and families they serve. Hein was nominated by Judge Frank Skorupa along with eighteen other individuals, including prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys, Guardians Ad Litem,...Read more
May 15, 2018
Supreme Court Justices travelled to Grand Island to hold Law Day events along with an argument session in the Senior High School auditorium on May 4, 2018. The evening prior to arguments, the Court met with Grand Island, Kearney and Hastings area bar associations to thank lawyers for their community volunteerism and civic engagement during a Law Day reception co-hosted by the Nebraska State Bar Foundation. Following arguments, the Court participated in a luncheon with Grand Island High School...Read more
May 14, 2018
The Warner Legislative Chamber in the Nebraska State Capitol was standing room only for Supreme Court Justice Jonathan Papik’s investiture on May 7, 2018. Former partners from the Cline Williams Law Firm and residents of Stromsburg, Nebraska, packed the balconies while family, judges and staff filled the main floor. Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court Mike Heavican served as host the ceremony; Governor Pete Ricketts presented the Certificate of Appointment; and Hon. Neil M. Gorsuch,...Read more
May 14, 2018
The Omaha Bar Association presented Chief Justice Mike Heavican with their Public Service Award during the Law Day luncheon in Omaha on May 1, 2018. The award is named for the late Robert M. Spire, former Attorney General for the State of Nebraska. Read Omaha Daily Record article below: Robert M. Spire Award Hon. Mike Heavican Celebrated for His Devotion to the Law By Lorraine Boyd Hon. Mike Heavican has spent his whole career in public service to bring justice to the people of Nebraska. The...Read more
April 30, 2018
Debora Denny, J.D., Director of the Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR), was honored with the Nebraska Mediation Association’s (NMA) Friend of Mediation Award at their annual conference on Friday, April 6, 2018. Jane Martin-Hoffman, NMA Board Member stated, “Debora has been an outstanding and innovative leader to integrate mediation, alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and restorative justice practices across the state of Nebraska. She has devoted nearly three decades of her career to design,...Read more
April 30, 2018
Parenting mediators and others from across the state attended a full day training session on ‘Trauma Informed Mediation’ at Champions Run Golf Club, Omaha on Friday, April 6, 2018. The Nebraska Mediation Association, a statewide organization that promotes excellence in mediation practice through education, training, and networking. The Association brought Michael Saini, Ph.D., M.S.W., R.S.W., Factor-Inwentash Chair in Law and Social Work, University of Toronto, to Nebraska for a talk about...Read more
April 25, 2018
Nebraska Educational Television interviewed Debora Denny, Director of the Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR) and Alisha Jimenez, ODR’s Restorative Justice Program Analyst on March 22, 2018 regarding ODR’s restorative justice initiative, Victim Youth Conferencing (VYC). VYC was piloted in the 3 rd , 4 th , and 12 th judicial districts in partnership with the ODR-approved mediation centers serving those districts, and it had outstanding results. Out of the 70 youth receiving a VYC, 93% resulted...Read more

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