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November 17, 2020
Deputy Administrator for Court Services Amy Prenda announced the creation of a new position in the Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation. The position, Trial Court Services Director for District Courts , will be part of the Court Services Division and will serve as the primary administrative resource for the District Courts and the Clerks of the District Court. “We appreciate all the work [clerks] do supporting the District Courts and believe we can provide better support by having...Read more
November 17, 2020
Julie Schildt, Morrill County Clerk of the District Court in Bridgeport, declined to stand for re-election and will vacate her position as Clerk at the end of the year. Schildt noted, “Life will certainly be different after 30-years of dedication to this office and the people of Morrill County.” Susan Kelly has been elected to the Clerk’s position and will begin after the first of the year.Read more
November 17, 2020
Alisha Jimenez, Restorative Justice Program Analyst for the Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR), presented restorative practices during the 2020 Nebraska Community Aid and Juvenile Justice Conference on November 5. Co-presenters Casey Karges, Executive Director, and Clare Nelson, Restorative Justice Coordinator at The Mediation Center in Lincoln, joined Alisha to present a talk entitled, “Applying Restorative Justice Principles in Diversion Programming.” The presentation outlined the principles...Read more
November 17, 2020
The Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR) has developed an outline of Restorative Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Services, which are available to the Courts. The easy-to-read handout includes a visual timeline of when each service is appropriate. ODR-approved centers provide these services as court-connected providers. When court-ordered, these restorative services are paid for by the Office of Dispute Resolution. As court-connected providers, each ODR-approved center has a designated service...Read more
November 17, 2020
The Association for Conflict Resolution’s (ACR) 2020 conference, held virtually on October 23, concluded with a member meeting where ACR Board President Michael Rust cut the word “Elect” from Kelly Riley’s badge ribbon to signify that she had become President of the ACR Board of Directors. Nebraska’s Office of Dispute Resolution Director, Kelly Riley has served on the ACR’s Board as an officer for five years. Before becoming President-Elect in 2019, she served as Treasurer for three years. ACR...Read more
November 13, 2020
Phyllis J. Obermeyer, Dakota County Clerk of the District Court, died Monday, November 9, 2020. She served as Clerk of the District Court from January 2011 until her death. Prior to her position as Clerk, Obermeyer worked as a records clerk in the Dakota County Court from December 31, 2010, until her election as Clerk. Deputy Clerk Kathy Wiltgen will assume the duties of District Court Clerk in the interim. Obituary: https://www.meyerbroschapels.com/obituary/phyllis-obermeyerRead more
November 13, 2020
Chris Hepburn, Network Administrator and Security Officer for the Judicial Branch has been awarded the Southeast Community College Distinguished Alumni award for 2020. In a ceremony held in the Court of Appeals courtroom, Theresa Webster, Assistant Campus Director, presented Chris with the annual award. Chris was chosen not only for his professional accomplishments, but also based on the many letters of recommendation provided by those he works with in administration, the courts and probation...Read more
We want your opinion
November 13, 2020
Beginning November 1 and throughout the month, Nebraska state trial courts are asking those who use court services to participate in a survey regarding accessibility and fairness. The survey is available in English and Spanish. Links to the surveys are: English Spanish Nebraska’s trial judges and court staff work to ensure that all court users can conduct their business efficiently, resolve their disputes fairly, and are treated with courtesy and respect. Nebraska’s Access to Justice Commission...Read more
Heroes award
November 12, 2020
As Presiding Judge for the Separate Juvenile Court in Douglas County during the initial round of Covid-19 last spring, Judge Chad Brown took the lead in coordinating his Court’s response to the pandemic. From actively organizing meetings on the identification of essential hearings to reviewing statutes and balancing the Constitutional Rights of all involved, Brown called together the stakeholders necessary to create a smooth process. The stability of the original plan has stood the test of time...Read more
Heroes award
November 5, 2020
Increasing productivity for the District 5 probation team became the mission of probation office manager, Danielle Graybill, as COVID started to spread. Danielle and members of the management team implemented a phone switchboard system to transfer calls to and from anywhere. She also handled WebEx software, managed electronic time cards, and created an Excel spreadsheet to record daily work. She rounded out the project by creating a new online storage location for case files. Danielle, your...Read more

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