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July 25, 2018
The Judicial Branch Inclusive Communities training initiative is off to a rapid start. The branch-wide initiative has been attended by almost 250 Judicial Branch staff across the state. The course provides basic awareness and understanding of inclusive language and terminology within the workplace. The initiative, driven by the strategic agendas of both the Supreme Court and probation, is designed to provide education to improve communication and relationships in the Branch. Judicial Branch...Read more
July 23, 2018
Each summer, Chief Justice Mike Heavican dedicates several days to traveling to courts outside of the Lincoln area to meet with judicial branch staff, tour courtrooms, and learn about special projects. This year, several associate judges of the Supreme Court are joining in on the tour which will include two education sessions in South Sioux City and stops at 15 courthouses in northeast Nebraska. The educational meetings include a day-long tristate meeting regarding juvenile justice with Chief...Read more
July 13, 2018
Supreme Court and probation staff presented updates for attorneys across the state providing continuing legal education sessions in Gering, Kearney and North Platte. Over 110 attorneys attended the sessions.Read more
July 12, 2018
A swearing-in ceremony for Joni Roberts as Clerk Magistrate of Box Butte County Court was held July 9, 2018, in the Box Butte County Courthouse in Alliance, Nebraska. Judge Paul Wess opened and hosted the ceremony. Corey Steel noted that the position of clerk magistrate is one of leadership that is of great importance to the community. New Supreme Court Justice John Freudenberg attended the ceremony to congratulate Roberts. Roberts was previously employed with the South Dakota Department of...Read more
July 11, 2018
At a ceremony held at the Capitol on July 9, 2018 Governor Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation recognizing Community Corrections Week July 15-21, 2018. Nebraska Probation and Nebraska Parole employees were on hand for the ceremony. Jeanne Brandner, Deputy Probation Administrator, addressed the crowd and noted that Community Corrections Week is a time to recognize and celebrate the dedicated and caring individuals in communities across the State of Nebraska who work tirelessly to make...Read more
June 28, 2018
On June 11, 2018 at the Probation Chiefs management meeting, Chief Justice Michael Heavican presented Probation Administrator Ellen Fabian Brokofsky with the first annual probation Exemplary Leadership Award, The Ellen Fabian Brokofsky Award. This is what Chief Justice Heavican said. The Supreme Court’s Exemplary Leadership Award, hereby named The Ellen Fabian Brokofsky Award, recognizes exemplary leadership by a probation employee. The Exemplary Leadership Award is our highest recognition for...Read more
June 28, 2018
Certified Spanish court interpreter Irma Watt is Nebraska’s newest State Court Interpreter Coordinator. Based in Grand Island, she serves the 9 th and 10 th Judicial Districts as a trusted, collaborative, and respected catalyst for and provider of professional court interpreter services. Ms. Watt begins her full time duties on Monday, July 2, and looks forward to building upon the AOC’s longstanding commitment to ensure the limited English proficient public has equal access to justice in...Read more
June 28, 2018
The Nebraska Probation’s Management Team attended a two day Case Management/Case Planning training held June 12-13, 2018 at the Cornhusker by Marriott in Lincoln. The training was provided by the Carey Group, which included training specialists Mark Carey, Erin King, Matt Moore, and Stacy Ledvina.Read more
June 28, 2018
During the Probation Management training on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Above & Beyond and Rising Star Awards were presented to 13 employees. The Above and Beyond awards were presented to: Connie Hultine, Chief Probation Officer – District 9 Darci Poland, Deputy Chief Probation Officer – District 4J Jodi York, Chief Probation Officer District 2, and Michele Lueders, Juvenile Intake & Detention Alternatives Specialist – Administration. The Rising Star winners were: Marty Metschke, Reporting...Read more
June 25, 2018
Court Reporter Sonya Kennedy and Douglas County District Court Judge Gary Randall work with Christine Christopherson and Greg Sunderman of the Judicial Branch Education team to develop an online course for court reporting personnel, judges, and court staff outlining efficient ways to share evidence with news reporters during the pendency of a trial. The course will be launched in fall 2018.Read more

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