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Honorable Elizabeth G. Crnkovich


Honorable Elizabeth G. Crnkovich

1995 – present 
Judge of the Separate Juvenile Court, Douglas County
Presiding Judge, Specialized Treatment And Recovery (STAR) Court
Presiding Judge of the Douglas County Juvenile Delinquency Drug Court
1985 – 1995 
Douglas County Attorney’s Office, Deputy County Attorney, Juvenile Division - Omaha, NE
Creighton University School of Law, 1983
Juris Doctorate

University of Nebraska-Omaha, 1980
Bachelor of Science
Judicial/Law Related Activities
Professional Affiliations
Nebraska State Bar Association
Omaha Bar Association
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Nebraska Separate Juvenile Court Judges Association
Robert M. Spire Inns of Court

Nebraska State Bar/Local Attorney Association Committees
Nebraska State Bar Association, Committee, Intermediate Court of Appeals
Nebraska State Bar Association/County Judges Association, Special Committee to Review the Juvenile Code

Nebraska Supreme Court Committees
Judicial Qualifications Committee, former member
Community Activities
Midwest Council Boy Scouts of America, Board of Trustees
Midwest Council Boy Scouts of America/Omaha Bar Association/ Diversion Program, Board of Directors (As deputy county attorney, was instrumental in establishing this diversion program for juvenile law violators in Douglas County as an alternative to formal court intervention.  This was in collaboration with the Boy Scouts of America and the Omaha Bar Assoc.)

Downtown Rotary
Omaha Community Partnership
Youth Leadership Omaha
Metropolitan Child Abuse Coalition – Board of Directors (Recognized by this organization of several occasions for “Efforts on Behalf of Child in the State of Nebraska”)
Douglas County Inter-Agency Collaboration Team
Foster Care Review Board – Early Review Task Force
Douglas county Juvenile Detention Task Force (Judge Crnkovich was instrumental in helping to establish alternatives to detention for delinquent youth in Douglas County, particularly with regard to concerns of Disproportionate Minority Confinement.  The use of trackers, home electronic monitoring and shelter care were offshoots of this committee.  Serious Habitual Offender Community Action Program (SHOCAP)  Restitution and Treatment Alternative Committee (R-Safe) – the focus of this committee was to assist victims of incest and their families by holding offenders accountable and providing competent offender treatment, child treatment and family treatment.  This process has been formalized in the Lutheran Family Services R-Safe Program which has served hundreds of families over the years.)
Nebraska Adolescent Perpetrators Network
Douglas County Youth Center Advisory Board
Douglas County Multi-Disciplinary Treatment Team
Connections – Business Women’s Networking Association
Omaha World Affairs Council
Children’s Behavioral Health Legislative Task Force
Judge Crnkovich has participated in the Omaha Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Program since 1995.  From 1995 to 2000, Judge Crnkovich assisted with mock Trial presentations for youth.  In other years, court tours were offered.
Regional Sponsor Nebraska Mock Trial Competition – 2007, 2008

Pursuant to state law, LB1184, Judge Crnkovich, then deputy county attorney, initiated a multi-disciplinary treatment team to review cases of child abuse and neglect in Omaha for system failure issues and to provide treatment recommendations on individual cases.  This was initiated in 1993.  This Team is still inexistence and operates through Project Harmony, collaborative effort of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and Omaha Police.  In 2003, Judge Crnkovich was commended by a legislative task force, as the Douglas County Team was the only team in the state that was operating in the fashion originally intended by the legislation.
Judge Crnkovich established a Juvenile Delinquency Drug Court in 2000. This problem-solving Court seeks to address adolescent chemical dependency and mental health issues through a combination of intensive treatment alternatives and more frequent court monitoring, involving schools, family, probation and treatment in a collaborative effort.  In 2004, Judge Crnkovich also established a problem-solving Court to assist chemical dependent parents who have had children removed because of their drug use.  Operating along the traditional Drug Court model, the STAR (Specialized Treatment and Recovery) Court provides judicial support and monitoring with treatment.
Judge Crnkovich is collaborating with Omaha Public Schools, Building Bright Futures, and others to address the urgent needs of truant youth in Omaha, and to establish a Court Supervised Truancy Diversion Program to ensure all children are educated and attend school in Omaha.
Honors and Awards
Nebraska Sate 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.
Silver Beaver Award, Mid-America Council/Boy Scouts of America
Recognized by the Metropolitan Child Abuse Coalition Board of Directors on several occasions for “Efforts on Behalf of Children in the State of Nebraska
Teaching & Publishing
Omaha Police Division, “Recruit Officer Training – Juvenile Law and Procedure” Seminar for law enforcement conducted as part of the required recruit training.  1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, & 1994
Douglas County Sheriff, “Recruit Officer Training – Juvenile Law and Procedure” Seminar for law enforcement conducted as part of their required recruit training.  1988, 1989, 1990, & 1991
Immanuel Medical Center – Department of Education Services, “Child Abuse…What Now?” May 19, 1989.  This seminar was presented to medical personnel and focused on identifying abuse and neglect.  The course also focused on Child abuse reporting laws and procedures.
Nebraska Association of Legal Assistants, “Philosophy of Juvenile Justice System – Adult v. Juvenile – September 21, 1989
United Catholic Social Services – Counselor Training, “Prosecution of Child Abuse Cases,” 1990.  This seminar was presented to various counselors and therapists with a focus on the nature of prosecution in the Separate Juvenile Court and the role of that court in helping families.
Omaha Public Schools, frequently lecture to staff, counselors, teachers, and students regarding child abuse and neglect and juvenile delinquency. The content may vary depending on whether I am instructing Student Personnel Assistants on how to refer truancy cases or discussing the nature of abuse and neglect with individual counselors or speaking to groups of students at a particular school.
Midwest Child Care Association, Omaha, NE, “Identifying Child Abuse and Neglect and the Duty to Report,” This was a course provided to day care workers, April 11, 1991.
League of Women Voters, July 1992, “Juvenile Detention,” Members of the League are vitally interested in the area of juvenile justice and wished to become more informed on the nature of the Court and Juvenile Law.
League of Women Voters, November, 1992, “Juvenile Detention,” Mini course of Juvenile Law for membership at large.
Children’s Hospital, Legal Faculty, “Midwest Conference on Child Abuse,” October 17, 1991.  Served as a panelist and also participated in a mock trial of child abuse proceedings.
Archdiocese of Omaha, Social Ministry Commission, “The County’s Role in Juvenile Detention,” March 24, 1993
Nebraska Federation of Democratic Women, “Nebraska Youth – Visions of Today and Tomorrow” Lecture presented on issues surrounding the juvenile justice system and our youth.  This was presented on two occasions – February 1990 and April 1993.
The Consortium, Inc – Omaha, Nebraska, “Practical Realities: Abuse Cases and the Legal System,” Continuing education for therapist, counselors, chemical dependency counselors, etc.  February 1993.
Nebraska Department of Social Services, Frequently conduct training and informal seminars on the juvenile justice system and Juvenile Court procedure.
1998 Nebraska Correctional Association Spring Conference, featured speaker, topic: “Youth Violence.”
Foster Parent Regional Conference, Keynote Speaker, January 8, 1997.
Conference on Domestic Violence, April 1996, University of Nebraska at Kearney
Since 1995, Judge Crnkovich has spoken at and provided continuing education at numerous conferences and workshops in the local area on generalized topics such as domestic violence, child abuse/neglect, cultural diversity, youth violence and truancy.

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