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Honorable John P. Icenogle

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Honorable John P. Icenogle

1990 – present 
Judge of the District Court, 9th Judicial District
(Buffalo & Hall Counties)
1976 – 1990 
Judge of the County Court, former 12th Judicial District
(Buffalo & Hall Counties)
2006 – present 
Judge of the Central Nebraska Adult Drug Court, District Court
(Buffalo County)
1974 – 1976
Private practice of law - Kearney, NE
Tulane University, 1974
Juris Doctorate
Columbia University, 1971
Bachelor of Arts
Judicial/Law Related Activities
Professional Affiliations
Nebraska State Bar Association
Nebraska State Bar Foundation
Community Corrections Council, Vice-chair, 2003-2010
Nebraska Supreme Court Committees
Legislative-Judicial Visit Program, 2008
Judicial Representative Community Corrections Council, member, 2003 – present
Judicial Branch Education Advisory Committee, 2001 – 2008
Nebraska Judicial Council, former member
Nebraska District Judges Association
Former president
Education Committee, co-chair, 1995 – 2008
Nebraska County Judges Association
Former President, 1986 – 1987
Instituted Drug Court Program for Buffalo County
Community Activities
5th Graders Job Shadow, Annual Host in Conjunction with Clerk of the District Court, 2003-present
Nebraska Juvenile Justice Association, former President
Governor’s Children’s Task Force, 2003
Honors and Awards
Nominated to serve as Chief Justice, Nebraska Supreme Court, 2006   
2003 Nebraska Supreme Court Outstanding Judge, for Improvement of the Judicial System: 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.

Nebraska State Bar Foundation Fellow: is based on the integrity and character of the lawyer/judge.  Fellows are accredited by colleagues as leaders of the legal profession who contribute to charitable works and community education.  Membership recognizes established legal professionals dedicated to improving the administration of justice.

Foster Care Review Board Appreciation Awards, 1985,1995, 2003


Award of Appreciation, Nebraska Juvenile Justice Association for Contribution made to Nebraska Youth, 1989Certificate of Recognition from the State Justice Institute and the Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition for Assisting and Supporting Cultural Diversity Training for Nebraska Trial Judges, 1993

Teaching & Publishing
Co-Authored judicial procedures manual for Grand Juries in Nebraska Courts, 2012
2010, Testified before Legislative Committee hearing
2009, panel speaker, Nebraska Press Association Annual Convention
2008, Judicial Branch Education Advisory committee, Curriculum Development
2007, helped formulate a curriculum with the National Judicial College that would serve as a “best practices” seminar for trying capital murder cases
2005, At request of Congressman Tom Osborn, testified before the Congressional Education and Workforce Committee on the “The Impact of methamphetamine Abuse on Families and Children”
1988, Designed the training program for the Judiciary, “How to Recognize and Treat Sexual Abuse”

Publications and Speeches:                                         

Keynote Speaker, National Foster Care Review Association Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City, 1993
Presenter NSBA Probate Seminar 1989
Presenter Nebraska Foster Home Association, 1989
Presenter Nebraska County Attorneys Association, 1986, 1990, 2002
Presenter Clerk-Magistrates Seminars, 1989, 1992
Presenter Nebraska Sexual Abuse Symposium, 1990
Presenter NSBA Guardian Ad Litem Seminars, 1989, 1990
Presenter Nebraska Child Support Enforcement Association, 1997, 2002
Presenter, NSBA Family Law Seminars, 2001, 2003, 2012
Author, Sixth Amendment Right to Court-Appointed Counsel for Indigents, (Argersinger v. Hamlin) 47 Tul. L. Rev. 446 (1973)A
uthor, Economic Development of Indian Reservations: Increasing Tribal Participation, Limiting Federal Control, 48 Tul. L. Rev. 649 (1974)
Adjunct Instructor, University of Nebraska at Kearney, 1985-1993

Other Activities:
Elder, First Presbyterian Church of Kearney
Past Director and current Honorary Director, Campus House Girl’s Group Home


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