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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
April 24, 2018
The Interstate Compact Office within the Office of Probation Administration would like to share a valuable resource with Judges and court personnel who work with juveniles transferred under the Interstate Commission for Juveniles (ICJ) or out-of-state runaways being returned to his/her home/demanding state under the ICJ. The ICJ Bench Book provides an overview of legal procedures for the Compact, along with recently revised ICJ Rules, Advisory Opinions, and process charts. Below is the link to...Read more
April 24, 2018
New managers and supervisors in the courts were invited to attend a four-hour course regarding topics specific to their role. This course was offered in conjunction with New Employee Orientation. Joyce Welsch, Director of Human Resources, was the instructor for the class of eight new managers from across the state. The course was presented on April 24, 2018, at the Judicial Branch Education offices in Lincoln. It was developed at the request of the Clerk Magistrate Curriculum Committee.Read more
April 23, 2018
In honor of Law Day, the Nebraska Supreme Court will be in session on the campus of Grand Island Senior High School on May 4, 2018. Justices will hold arguments in the school auditorium at 9:30 a.m. with an introductory program for students which will provide background information on Law Day and the Nebraska court system beginning at 9:00 a.m. This visit is part of a continuing educational outreach effort by the Nebraska Supreme Court and the legal community to raise awareness of court...Read more
April 19, 2018
Lincoln attorney Adam Prochaska spent many evenings playing LEGOs with his small children and often found himself continuing projects after his children had gone to bed. Before long Prochaska became a LEGO aficionado, creating bigger and better designs as a way to wind down after a long day at the office. He took an interest in creating the Nebraska Supreme Court out of LEGOs a couple of years ago. In November 2015 he visited the courtroom with a camera and started creating his structure in...Read more
April 19, 2018
University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) School of Criminology and Criminal Justice honors Bob Blanchard with their Distinguished Service Award. Bob started his career as probation officer in Omaha in 1990, and in 2004 hired as the coordinator for the first Young Adult Drug Court in Nebraska. Bob later helped start the first Veterans Treatment Court in Omaha in 2016. In December 2017, after 27 years of service to the Nebraska Judicial Branch, Bob retired from the Veterans Treatment Court and he...Read more

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