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July 26, 2019
The Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR) has created a Parenting Time, Mediation & You brochure which explains the mediation process, provides the web address for the self-help section of the Nebraska Judicial Branch website, and explains what is included in a Parenting Plan. Additionally, this brochure shows the sliding fee scale used by all six ODR-approved Mediation Centers to help lower, and middle-income individuals understand that mediation is an affordable option. The new resource is...Read more
Audit Group
July 26, 2019
In celebration of Sarpy County Court’s second consecutive perfect audit, State Court Administrator Corey Steel treated court staff to lunch on July 23 in Papillion. Deputy State Court Administrator Amy Prenda, IT Applications Supervisor Sherri Dennis, and Trial Court Services Director Sheryl Connolly joined Steel and county court judges in congratulating Judicial Administrator Barb Pousson and staff. The celebration recognized Sarpy County Court’s effective staffing and use of best practices...Read more
July 26, 2019
A retirement reception honoring Debora Denny for her 14 years of service was held on June 24, 2019, in the law library. Denny carried out the position of Director of the Nebraska Office of Dispute Resolution since 2005. Over the course of her tenure, she worked with the judiciary to promote mediation and restorative justice in the state, including legislation such as the Parenting Act of 2007 and the Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice Act in 2019. Read more about her many...Read more
July 26, 2019
The Omaha courts and the Nebraska Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation have been awarded a $55,000 technical assistance grant to assess efforts in providing court users with meaningful access to the judicial process in the State of Nebraska. The focus of the study, funded by the State Justice Institute, is to evaluate the effectiveness of the assistance provided for Douglas County domestic relations cases. Domestic relations, or family law, cases represent the highest percentage of...Read more
RISE Banner
July 26, 2019
Of the nearly 60 Nebraskans who attended the 2019 National Association of Drug Court Professionals, one dozen were trial court judges who have assumed responsibility for the effectiveness of Nebraska problem-solving courts. Other attendees included Nebraska Problem-Solving Court Coordinators, prosecution and defense attorneys, therapists and problem-solving court supporters. The conference, held in Maryland, is the premier symposium for dissemination of information to drug and problem-solving...Read more
July 26, 2019
Judicial Branch Public Information Officer, Janet Bancroft, will highlight new and ongoing outreach efforts of the Nebraska Judicial Branch during the Conference of Court Public Information Officers annual meeting in Cleveland, Ohio. The Conference is the only professional organization dedicated to the role of court communicators worldwide. Nebraska’s contribution to How to Wrangle a Hundred Students, Keep Their Attention and Teach Them Something Along the Way will include: Nebraska’s unique “...Read more
July 25, 2019
In honor of Constitution Day, the Nebraska Court of Appeals will convene on the campus of Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, on September 10, 2019. The Court of Appeals will divide into its customary two panels with three judges each to hold arguments at 9:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. at the Thom Leadership Education Center Auditorium (212 College Avenue). The Court of Appeals will hear several cases during both the morning and afternoon sessions, followed by an open question and...Read more
July 24, 2019
Kelly Riley, current Executive Director for The Resolution Center in Beatrice, has been named Director of the Nebraska Office of Dispute Resolution by the Nebraska Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation (AOCP). She will begin her position in early September. Riley has extensive experience in business administration, human resources and program oversight in addition to being an experienced mediator and trainer. She is also active at the national level serving on the Board of Directors...Read more
Arndt
July 24, 2019
The Nebraska Supreme Court has appointed Theodore “Ted” Arndt as the second statewide Child Support Referee for the Judicial Branch. Arndt is currently a staff attorney for YoungWilliams P.C., a nationwide provider of contact centers and child support services. Additionally, he serves as adjunct professor at the College of Saint Mary in Omaha. He has worked as a law clerk at both Welsh & Welsh in Omaha and for the Douglas County Attorney. Arndt brings over a dozen years of child support...Read more
July 23, 2019
Judicial District 3J and juvenile justice stakeholders completed a review of the probation and juvenile justice system in Lancaster County on April of 2018. The Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center (RFK) conducted the review which endorsed fifteen recommendations for reform. Efforts were immediately put into action to start prioritizing the recommendations and planning for implementation. Additionally, RFK received grant funds to continue national support during implementation and in...Read more

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