1998 – present
Judge of the County Court, 2nd Judicial District
(Cass, Otoe, & Sarpy counties)
1995 – 1998
Private practice of law - Papillion, NE
1990 – 1995
Deputy Douglas County Attorney - Omaha, NE
Creighton University School of Law, 1990
Miami University, 1987
Bachelor of Science
Judicial/Law Related Professional Activities
Nebraska State Bar Association, Member
Nebraska State Bar Foundation, Founding Member – PEOPLE Committee (Public Education Outreach
Promoting Law and Equity); Chair of the media education sub-committee.
Sarpy County Bar Association, Member
Omaha Bar Association, Memorial Committee, Member.
Robert M. Spire Inns of Court, Emeritus Master Judicial Member, President (2011-2012).
Nebraska Supreme Court Commissions/Committees
Commission on Guardianships and Conservatorships, Executive Committee Member.
Joint Review Committee on Status of Adult Guardianships and Conservatorship Committee, Former Member; Legislative/Court Rules sub-committee, Former Chair.
Nebraska County Judges Association
Executive Committee, Member.
Probate sub-committee, Member.
Public Education/Relations sub- committee, Member.
Judicial Education sub-committee, Member.
Judicial and Law Related Activities
Chief Justice’s Annual Leadership Conference for Judges, Invited Attendee.
JUSTICE/DOCKET computer technology in County Court, Pilot program (probate) current participant.
Expanded media coverage of the Courts, Pilot program current participant.
JUSTICE/DOCKET computer technology in County Court, Pilot program (criminal and traffic) former participant.
Sarpy County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, former Vice-chair.
National Judicial College, former Teaching Faculty Member.
Peter Sarpy Elementary School: 2013 Drug Abuse Resistance Education D.A.R.E.; Graduation Speaker
Nebraska High School Mock Trial Project, Performance Judge 1998-2005; 2011
2010 U.S. Academic Decathlon; Performance Judge
National High School Mock Trial Championship, Performance Judge, 2001, 2003
Nebraska High School State Mock Trial Championship; Performance Judge, 2003
Sarpy County Explorers’ Program; Speaker, 2003
Honors and Awards
2012 The Robert M. Spire Public Service Award:
The Nebraska State Bar Foundation bestows its public service award to a lawyer who has been, or is in the employ of local, state or federal government for outstanding service in the performance of duty.
2008 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.
2007 Nebraska Supreme Court Distinguished Judge for service to the community: 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.
Speeches & Publications
2014 – Moderator of Workshop for Journalists. Topic: Legislative Changes and Juvenile Justice System Practices, Procedures and Programming
2014 - Featured Panelist for Metro Omaha Bench Bar Conference; “Civility in Trial Practice.”
2010-2014 - New Judge Orientation Judicial Branch Education; Media and the Courts.
2013 - University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension Annual Meeting; guardianship and conservatorship educator training.
2013 - Featured Speaker for the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s American Government class. Topic – Nebraska’s County Court Judicial System
2013 - Nebraska Clerk Magistrates’ annual meeting; Changes in Probate Law.
“Nebraskans Care: Changes in Guardianship and Conservatorship Laws and Rules”, feature article 2012 Nebraska Lawyer magazine; co-author.
2012 – Featured Speaker for the Nebraska State Bar Association Probate Division Seminar on Guardianships and Conservatorships in Nebraska.
2009 - The Robert M. Spire Inn of Court: “Ask a Judge” Forum for lawyers and law students.
2009 – Featured Speaker for The Nebraska Press Association and Associated Press program: “Covering the Courts”.
2009 - Judge’s Seminar for Journalists: Lincoln, Kearney, Scotts Bluff and North Platt, Nebraska.
2008 - Featured Speaker for Nebraska Judicial Branch Education: Impact of Cameras and Media in the Courtroom.
2007 - Leadership Sarpy County: The Judicial System.
2002-2006 Teaching faculty member at the National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada.
2005 – Event Chair for Press Education: Nuts and Bolts of Media Coverage of County Court.
2005 – Host and Moderator for Sarpy County Judges and Journalists Workshop.