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October 24, 2018
The third cohort of the Judicial Leadership Development Program began in October with Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis (Retired from the Colorado Supreme Court) kicking-off the program series. Kourlis is currently the Executive Director of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) which is a national, independent research center dedicated to facilitating continuous improvement and advancing excellence in the American legal system. The Judicial Leadership Development...Read more
October 23, 2018
The Office of Public Guardian has initiated a ‘waiting list’ process. Nominations to the Office of Public Guardian and requests to be placed on the waiting list will first be screened by a Court Visitor or will go through the normal Guardian ad Litem reporting process. Placement on the waiting list and filling any openings from the waiting list, will be determined by those who have the greatest need. Greatest need is defined as individuals who truly have no other options and for whom the OPG is...Read more
October 23, 2018
On September 28, 2018, the Douglas County Veterans Treatment Court collaborated with the Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA) to provide a unique event for Veterans Court participants. The event provided hands-on equine training to veterans and team members while learning about the services of HETRA. The Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy veteran’s program is designed to provide participants with opportunities for physical, mental and social improvement. Veterans who attended the...Read more
October 23, 2018
The first snow storm of the season did not deter 22 aspiring court interpreters from actively participating in Interpreter Orientation, October 13-14, at Creighton University Law School in Omaha. These intrepid future court interpreters represent 10 different communities in the state and collectively speak nine different languages from Arabic to Thai. The intensive two-day introduction to court interpreting was taught by federally certified Spanish court interpreters Jeck-Jenard Navarrete and...Read more
October 15, 2018
Seventy Nebraska State Probation officers were officially sworn in on October 10, 2018 in the Capitol Rotunda by Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican. Ellen Fabian Brokofsky, Probation Administrator, addressed the new officers, their families and fellow Probation employees noting that probation officers play an integral role in the administration of justice. Probation Officers are officers of the court and the right arm of the court system. They provide to the court two important...Read more
October 15, 2018
The Nebraska Judicial Branch is committed to providing all people with equal access to the courts and probation. To this end two new forms have been added to the NE Supreme Court website to assist the public. If a member of the public has a disability and anticipates needing an accommodation the ADA Accommodation Request is available. It is recommended that this is submitted at least 10 business days prior to the date needing the accommodation. All requests will be given due consideration and...Read more
September 28, 2018
Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, Mike Heavican, presented 12 Employee Recognition Awards to individuals and team members on September 27, 2018, during the Nebraska Judicial Branch tenth annual recognition event. The Employee Recognition Committee selected nine individuals and three teams from the nominations submitted. Candidates for the awards were chosen and nominated by their supervisors and colleagues in the courts and probation offices where they work. The purpose of the...Read more
September 27, 2018
The Nebraska State Bar Commission has received the Supreme Court’s approval of its recommendation for admission to the practice of law in the State of Nebraska for those having fulfilled all of the requirements under Rule § 3-117 for admission by examination. Ensuing the Court’s approval, a swearing-in ceremony took place September 27th at 10:00 a.m. in the Rotunda of the State Capitol building with the following list of individuals as participating in the ceremony. Sydney Catherine Aase Sarah...Read more
September 26, 2018
The Nebraska Administrative Office of Probation commissioned the Law/Psychology Program at the University of Nebraska/Lincoln to conduct a process and outcome evaluation of the Specialized Substance Abuse Supervision (SSAS) Program. SSAS is a Nebraska Probation service initiated in order to decrease overcrowding within the Nebraska prison population by offering specialized programming to offenders with substance abuse disorders. The results of the analysis showed significant empirical evidence...Read more
September 26, 2018
Statewide Language Access Coordinator Jennifer Verhein and State Court Interpreter Coordinator Irma Watt celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month on September 21 at Northeast Community College in Norfolk. Representing the Supreme Court’s Language Access Program, Verhein and Watt introduced more than 50 Hispanic youth to the profession of court interpreting in a panel presentation at the Latino Youth Summit. Watt provided a description of the day-to-day work of court interpreters, and she demonstrated...Read more

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