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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
April 17, 2018
The Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation is proud to announce recognition in a national publication. The Journal of Criminal Justice and Behavior recently published a 2014 study examining the validity of how Nebraska probation officers use an evidence-based risk assessment tool, the Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (LS/CMI). The LS/CMI measures risk and needs of adults who are either pending sentencing or placed on community supervision. The results of the study...Read more
April 16, 2018
It has been one year since the launch of the Juvenile Justice Home-Based Initiative – a program designed to reduce the number of youth in out-of-home care. Throughout the first year both Multisystemic Therapy (MST) and the Boys Town Ecological In-Home Family Treatment (EIHFT) services have had great successes with justice involved youth and families, and the capacity to provide these services has grown substantially. Service utilization has nearly tripled and the number of counties in which the...Read more

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