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Honorable Douglas F. Johnson


Separate Juvenile Court Judge Douglas Johnson


1993 – present 
Judge of the Separate Juvenile Court, Douglas County
Douglas County 0 – 3 Family Dependency Drug Court
1991 – 1993
Douglas County Attorney’s Office, deputy attorney - Omaha, NE

1987 – 1991
Private practice of law - Omaha, NE
Creighton University School of Law, 1987
Juris Doctorate
Marquette University, 1983
Teacher’s Certificate - English
University of Nebraska-Omaha, 1976
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts
National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges Trainings,
Judicial/Lawyer Mediation, Office of Dispute Resolution, State of Nebraska
Judicial/Law Related Activities
Professional Affiliations
American Bar Association
Nebraska State Bar Association
Omaha Bar Association
Implementation of National Reunification Day, 2010
National CASA Board, 2009 – present
National Center for Juvenile Justice, Board of Fellows, 2008 – present 
National Association of Counsel for children, Board of Directors, 2007
Implementation of Zero to Three Family Drug Treatment Court, 2005
Governor’s Commission on the Protection of Children, 2004 – present 
National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges Centennial Society, 1999 
Implementation of Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program for Douglas County, 1994
American Judicature Society, 1994 – present
Nebraska Court Improvement Project, 1994 – present
National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges, 1994 – present 

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Immediate Past President, 2010 – 2011
President, 2009 – 2010
President Elect, 2008 – 2009
Vice President, 2007 – 2008
Treasurer, 2006 – 2007
Secretary, 2005 – 2006Audit and Finance Committee, 2005 – 2006
Membership Committee Chair, 2005 – 2006 Board of Trustees, 1997 – 2003 
Permanency Planning for Children Advisory Committee Chair, co-chair throughout the years
 2010 Core committee member to enhance & update the Resource Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Child Abuse & Neglect Cases, 1994 – present 
Additionally, over the years:
Member or co-chair of Judicial Education Technical Assistance Committee
Substance Abuse Committee
Mental Health Committee
Participation in various projects
Janiculum Project
Publication Development Committee for the Adoption and Permanency Guidelines – Improving Court Practice in Child Abuse & Neglect Cases
Model Court & Model Court Lead Judge Designation:
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges & Victims Act Model Court Project, with continued participation on the Team.  Participation in Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative (based on the Model Court project,) 2002 – 2007 
Nebraska State Bar/Local Attorney Association Committees
NE State Bar Assoc. Juvenile Law Committee, 1994 – present 
Mock Trial & Moot Court Competitions, volunteer coach & judge, Omaha grade Schools, high Schools, and universities & colleges, Creighton University & Creighton University School of Law.
Omaha Bar Association Annual Walk Through the Courts Program, Juvenile Law speaker, 1987 – present 
Nebraska Supreme Court Committees
Commission on Children in the Courts, co-chair, 2004 – present 
Nebraska Judicial Ethics Committee, 2000 – 2005
Vice Chair, 2004 – 2005 
Technology Committee, 1999 – 2006 
Improvement Project, 1994 – present 
Nebraska Separate Juvenile Judges Association
 President, 1997 – 1998 
Member, 1995 – present 
Community Activities
Safety and Health Council, Omaha chapter
Secretary/Treasurer and Administrative co-chair of Board of Directors, 2005
Executive Committee, 2004 – 2005
Court Services Committee, chair, 2002 – 2004
Executive Committee, chair, 2002 – 2004 
Board of Directors, 1999 – 2005 
Strengthening Neighborhoods for Children, Advisory Board, 2004 – 2005 
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic church, 1996 – present 
Career Day Presenter, 1995 – 2010 
Meal Server at St. Vincent de Paul Shelter, 1991 – 2008
Cantor and Guitarist, 1991 – 2008
Executive Committee, chair, 1998 – 2000
President, 1998 – 2000
Board of Education, 1996 – 2000
Constitution, By-Laws, and Policy Committee, 1996 – 1998 
Honors and Awards
Commissioner’s Award from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, 2012
Omaha Bar Association Robert M. Spire Public Service Award, 2010
Creighton University 2010 School of Law Alumni Merit Award, 2010

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.
Class of Zero to Three’s Leaders for the 21st Century Fellowship Program, 2005 – 2007
Child Saving Institute A.W. Clark Award, 2005 
Children’s Bureau/Tool Kit Project: Omaha selected as a project site regarding court performance measurement and judicial workload, Judge Johnson, facilitator via ABA Center on Children and the Law, national Center for State Courts, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and U.S. Department of health and Human Services children’s Bureau, 2004
Metropolitan Child Abuse Coalition Award for Individual Non-Member for Efforts on Behalf of Children in the State of Nebraska, 2004
Nebraska Supreme Court Award of Distinguished Judge for service to the community, 2001
Teaching & Publishing
Facilitator, “Helping Babies from the Bench,” a series of multidisciplinary trainings which focus on obtaining the best possible outcomes for infants and toddlers in the abuse and neglect court system, 2008 – present
Trainer, National CASA Conference, 2004 – 2007
Co-Facilitator, Advisor, Teacher, National Council of Juvenile and family Court Judges, Child Abuse and Neglect Institute, 2004 – present  
Court Appointed Special Advocate, 1998 – present 
Teacher/Trainer, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges 1998 – present:
-- Permanency Planning for Children Department, regarding Adoption Safe Families Act, Evidence, Testifying in Court, Role of the Judge, Stakeholder Collaboration, Resource Guidelines, Judicial Ethics & Leadership, and other topics, throughout the country
-- Summer and fall college courses (Judicial Ethics, Role of the Judge, Dispositional Alternatives)
-- National Conference on Juvenile Justice and Annual Conference
Adjunct law professor, Juvenile Law, Creighton University School Law, 1995 – present
Teacher, for judges, attorneys, foster parents, guardian ad litems, therapists, Child Protective Services, Foster Care Review Board, and others involved in Juvenile and Family Law – locally, statewide, and nationally, 1994 - present

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