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October 8, 2020
Women of Nebraska State Probation will be featured in a program series named “Uniting Women in Criminal Justice” sponsored by the UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. The panel discussion will be held on October 14, 2020, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.via Zoom. All are welcome to attend virtually to hear the panel provide details on career opportunities, internships, and how to best prepare for jobs in the field of probation. Panelists Include: Kimberly Fender — Personnel Coordinator...Read more
October 7, 2020
An overview of Veterans Treatment Courts in Nebraska appears in the Military and Veterans Law Issue of The Nebraska Lawyer Magazine (September/October 2020). It is reprinted with the permission of the Nebraska State Bar Association. Read article from The Nebraska Lawyer: Veterans Treatment Courts in Nebraska Photo: Lancaster County Veterans Court Swearing-in of mentors April 2017.Read more
October 7, 2020
On October 2, 2020, District 4A Specialized Probation Officers Angie Morehead, Patrick McNemar, and Zahra Sorensen-Snoza coordinated and supervised the Adams Park clean-up. Adams Park consists of 60 acres along John Creighton Blvd. at 30th & Bedford streets and includes a community center, a community garden, and a pond. The volunteers (nine probation clients and five probation staff) picked up trash, cleaned out the community garden, and helped beautify the park. Chief Probation Officer...Read more
October 7, 2020
Matt Fischer, Knox County District Court Clerk, worked with Niobrara school officials to convene jury selection at the school rather than in the courtroom at Center, Nebraska. The irony of the move was not lost on the community: The original courthouse was established in Niobrara and moved to the town of Center in 1901. Now, due to COVID, the court made a temporary move back to its origins in Niobrara. Read the article in the Daily Press Dakotan (South Dakota): COVID Forces Knox County Jury...Read more
Everyday Hero Award
October 1, 2020
With the onset of the pandemic, another threat immediately surfaced. Cyberattacks spiked, with attackers finding new ways to exploit the conditions brought on by widespread remote working and sending a rash of targeted COVID-19 phishing email attempts. Security Officer Chris Hepburn made it his singular mission to protect the Supreme Court's computer network, mitigating risks and chasing down any threats to the system. Thank you Chris Hepburn for your tenacity and talent, particularly during...Read more
September 28, 2020
Relief sculptures under the arched windows in the Court quadrant of the State Capitol are covered to prevent damage during renovation. As HVAC upgrades in the Capitol continue, the Supreme Court has moved into the Court of Appeals courtroom and the Nebraska State (Law) Library has moved to UNL College of Law. The relief tryptic (now covered) sits directly outside the library and represents individuals working together to have a say in government. It includes representations of the Declaration...Read more
September 28, 2020
During the month of September, Statewide Language Access Coordinator Jennifer Verhein, with outstanding clerical support from Ashtin Pawloski, administered Written Interpreter Exams in Grand Island, Omaha, Norfolk, and Lincoln. Twenty aspiring court interpreters who collectively speak six different languages took the 135-question multiple-choice test of English language, court-related vocabulary, and interpreter ethics. Eight who tested achieved a score qualifying them to sit for the Oral...Read more
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September 27, 2020
Monica Miles-Steffens, joins Your Nebraska Judicial Branch to discuss the philosophy and successes of the Juvenile Alternatives to Detention Initiative. Your Nebraska Judicial Branch is available to listen and subscribe on all podcast app platforms. Additionally, it is found on the web at: https://nejudicial.buzzsprout.com/ .Read more
September 25, 2020
District Six Probation Office located in Fremont hosts a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating an expansion to its Reporting Center. The event kicked off Friday, September 11. The expansion, announced earlier in March, allows for additional funding. Once a service center, this expansion now allows more opportunity to provide additional and more diverse classes to those in need. Since July 2019, more than 2,400 individuals attended classes at the Service Center. The Fremont Reporting Center is the...Read more
Everyday Heroes award
September 24, 2020
As the Coordinator for the Problem-Solving Court in District 1, Amanda VanAsperen was instrumental in the expansion of drug courts throughout the 10 counties within her district. VanAsperen helped organize a town hall meetings to explain drug courts to area stakeholders including attorneys, law enforcement, and county commissioners. She also attended multiple individual county commissioners’ meetings to explain interlocal agreements, and describe budgets. Amanda, thank you from each of your 5,...Read more

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