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December 17, 2019
Michelle Moore, Associate Public Guardian serving Central Nebraska is the first Office of Public Guardian staff to attain national certification through the National Center for Guardianship Certification program. In order to become certified, an individual must have served as a guardian for two years; meet stringent back ground and character requirements; attended between 10-30 hours of coursework prior to application (depending on the level of earned high Ed degree); and pass a national...Read more
December 17, 2019
During the November ceremony of the Southeast Nebraska Adult Drug Court (SENADC), Drug Court graduate Mr. Casey Viger was presented with the 1st Annual Shi Adler Character Achievement Award. The award was created in memory of Mr. Shi Adler, a participant in the drug court who passed away unexpectedly on April 16, 2019. Adler served as a significant role model for Viger who graduated on November 18, 2019. The Shi Adler Character Achievement Award will be presented to future graduates who succeed...Read more
December 17, 2019
Sarpy County Reentry Court held a graduation ceremony for three participants who successfully completed all conditions of their post-release supervision and Reentry Court requirements. The three graduates are the first to complete Sarpy County’s Reentry Court program. Judge Stefanie Martinez, who oversees the Sarpy County Reentry Court, hosted the event on December 2, 2019. All three graduates remarked how the program had initially been a challenge but all agreed they greatly benefited from the...Read more
December 17, 2019
Courts and communities across the state came together to host celebrations for National Adoption Month. This year, the judge-hosted events occurred in Gering, Hastings, Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, and Shelton. Most events involved the celebration of adoptions from several counties. The events featured family activities, games, and fun for everyone, some celebrations included the finalization of adoptions. Judge Wadie Thomas, Ret., who established Nebraska’s Adoption Saturday program...Read more
December 17, 2019
Nebraskans for Fair & Impartial Courts contacted all Nebraska judges via email on November 12, 2019, to offer their services to the judiciary. The group announced they are ready to respond to unwarranted criticism when called. Their stated purpose is to “publicly respond when our system of justice is challenged by unfair criticism of its constitutionally delegated responsibilities or which serves to inappropriately undermine its integrity, impartiality or fairness.” According to the email...Read more
December 16, 2019
The Clerks of the District Courts gathered for their annual winter conference December 10-12, 2019, at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney. This year, the conference kicked off a day early with passport training on Tuesday afternoon. The second day’s agenda included five speakers. Janet Wiechelman, Clerk of the Cedar County District Court opened the day by providing legislative updates to her fellow clerks. IT Application Analyst, Sue Nieto, presented on LB 505 and LB 532 changes, which...Read more
Bennett
December 16, 2019
Damon Bennett, a junior at Grand Island Northwest High School, is the winner of the second annual Student News Reporter Contest at the Judge Lyle Strom High School Mock Trial State Championship. The Mock Trial State Championship, coordinated by the Nebraska State Bar Foundation, took place Dec. 9-10 in Lincoln. The contest, in its second year, is an educational component of Nebraska’s High School Mock Trial Program. The contest was developed by the Nebraska State Bar Foundation’s Bench Media...Read more
December 16, 2019
Multiple Nebraska Problem-Solving Court teams successfully completed training between May and September 2019. Educational sessions were conducted by the National Drug Court Institute (NDCI) and Justice for Vets, including Veterans Treatment Court Planning Initiative (VTCPI) training, Adult Drug Court Planning Initiative (ADCPI) training, Operational Tune-Ups, and a Mentor Boot Camp. Through six separate training events, 137 team members and 20 judges completed 13 full days of training without...Read more
Mock trial team
December 16, 2019
Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Omaha placed first in the 2019 Judge Lyle Strom High School Mock Trial State Championship. The competition took place Monday and Tuesday at the Lancaster County Justice and Law Enforcement Center in Lincoln. Duchesne will represent Nebraska May 6-9 at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Evansville, Indiana. Members of the winning team are Juliana Angel, Sophie Geis, Raleigh Kreis, Sofia Martinez-Thibodeau, Joslyn Panzer, Dorothy Roland and...Read more
December 13, 2019
The Douglas County District Court Adult Drug Court held its 107th graduation ceremony and celebration on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. in the Legislative Chambers, 1819 Farnam Street, Omaha, Nebraska. There were 5 graduates receiving their dismissal/sealments. The average duration of this class’ stay was 28 months. Eight cases were dismissed. Presiding over the ceremony on December 11 th was Douglas County District Court Judge, Gary Randall. For the 5 Drug Court graduates, the...Read more

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