Hon. James E. Doyle IV

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Hon. James E. Doyle IV


2001 - Present 
Judge of the District Court, 11th Judicial District
Arthur, Chase, Dawson, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Gosper, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker, Keith, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Perkins, Red Willow, & Thomas counties

2006 - Present
Judge of the Midwest Nebraska Adult Drug Court
Dawson, Furnas, Gosper, and Lincoln Counties


1982 - 2001
Private practice of law
Lexington, NE

1980 - 1982
Private practice, tax consultant
Lincoln, NE

1979 - 1980
Commonwealth Electric Construction Co.
Lincoln, NE



University of Nebraska College of Law, 1981
Juris Doctorate

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1978
Bachelor of Science - College of Engineering, Science, & Technology

Judicial/Law Related Activities

Professional Affiliations
Nebraska State Bar Association
Nebraska State Bar Foundation
Dawson County Bar Association

Nebraska Supreme Court Committees
Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Problem-Solving Courts, chairperson
Case Management Committee for Nebraska Trial Courts, member
Automation Advisory Committee, member

Nebraska District Judges Association
Child Support Guidelines Committee
Governmental and Public Relations Committee
Bench Book Committee
Other Judicial Experience
Central Platte Natural Resources District, 2000
Hearing officer – Lower Wood River/Upper Warm Slough Flood Control Project
Tri-Basin Natural Resources District, 1993
Hearing officer – groundwater management plan
Central Platte Natural Resources District, 1993
Hearing officer – groundwater management program

Community Activities

Lexington Public Library Joint Building Committee, former chairperson
Citizens Committee for the Library, former chairperson
Board of Education, Lexington Public Schools – former president, secretary, & treasurer
Business Improvement District of Lexington, former member
Lexington Child Care Center Board, former member
Lexington Community Services Board, former member
Board of Governors, Central Community College, former member
Knights of Columbus Council 2040, member
Boy Scout Troop 88, former assistant scout master
AYSO Youth Soccer Team, former coach
Plum Creek Community Players Inc., founder and former member
Lexington Jaycees, former member
Lexington Optimists Club, former member

Teaching & Publishing

Program chair, Annual Lexington Professional Responsibility Seminar for Lawyers
Lecturer, Nebraska Water Conference on ‘Instream Flow Water Rights’
Lecturer, Natural Resources Law Seminar on ‘Legislative Proposals for Integrated Water Management
Program Chair/Lecturer, Nebraska Water Law Seminar 
Lecturer, Evidence Seminar on ‘Proof of Property Damages’
Lecturer, University of Nebraska-Kearney on “Death and Dying” course
Instructor, Central Community College, introductory course on real estate law
Lecturer, Dawson Area Development Leadership program on civil litigation

Honors and Awards

2010 Nebraska Supreme Court Outstanding Judge for Improvement of the Judicial System:
Outstanding Judge is the highest honor given by the Chief Justice to recognize members of the judiciary for meritorious projects and exemplary accomplishments that enhance the vision of justice within Nebraska communities.

2013 National Association of Social Workers, Nebraska Chapter, Public Citizen of the Year:
Awarded to an outstanding member of the community whose accomplishments exemplify the values and mission of professional social work, who makes a significant contribution to an area or population of concern to the social work profession, and who demonstrates outstanding leadership and courage.

Nebraska State Bar Foundation Fellow:  
Selection to become a Fellow in the Nebraska State Bar Foundation is based on the integrity and character of the lawyer/judge. The Foundation recognizes established legal professionals who are dedicated to improving the administration of justice. Fellows are accredited by colleagues as leaders of the legal profession who contribute to the charitable and community education works of Foundation.
Recognized for Service to Lexington Community, 1997 
Recognized for Service to Lexington Public Schools, 1997
Recognized for Service to Central Community College, 1988
Named Outstanding Young Citizen of Lexington, 1986
Member, Allen Moot Court Appellate Competition Board, 1979-1981