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Honorable Douglas F. Johnson


Hon. Douglas F. JohnsonJudgeship

1994 – present 
Judge of the Separate Juvenile Court, Douglas County, Nebraska, 4th Judicial District

1991 – 1994
Douglas County Deputy
Omaha, NE

1987 – 1991
McGill, Parsonage & Lanphier, P.C.
Omaha, NE

1978 –  1984
Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus, member
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

2016: Douglas County Unified Family Court Pilot, Co-chair

2015-present: Supreme Court Probation Services Committee

2014-present: Operation Youth Success Steering Committee

2014-present: Robert F. Kennedy Dual Status Youth Practice Network, Co-chair

2014-present: Inns of Court, Chair, Albert G. Schatz Pupilage

2014-present: Parenting Act Subcommittee

2013-present: Implementation of Impact from Infancy, Lead Judge

2013-present: Judicial Branch Education Curriculum Committee

2013-present: Judicial Branch Education Advisory Committee

2012-present: Youth Impact! of Douglas County, Co-chair

2011: National Center for Juvenile Justice, Board of Fellows

2009-2010: National CASA Board

2006-present: Participation in Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative

2005: Established Zero To Five Family Drug Treatment Court

2004-present: Governor’s Commission on the Protection of Children

2004-present: Nebraska Supreme Court Commission on Children in the Courts, Co-Chair

2002-2007: Child Victims Act Model Courts Project, Lead Judge

2000-2005: Nebraska Judicial Ethics Committee, Vice Chair 2004-2005

1999-2006: Nebraska Supreme Court Technology Committee

1999: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Centennial Society

1995-present: Nebraska Juvenile Judges Association; 1997-1998,   President; 2014-2016, President

1994: Implementation of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for Douglas County

1994-present: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Permanency Planning for Children Advisory CommitteeChair, co-chair throughout the years, 2010 Core Committee member to enhance and update the Resource Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Child Abuse & Neglect Cases.

Additionally, over the years, member or co-chair of Judicial Education Technical Assistance Committee, Substance Abuse Committee, Mental Health Committee; participation in various  projects, including Janiculum Project, Publication Development Committee for the Adoption and Permanency Guidelines : Improving Court Practice in Child Abuse

2011-present           Past Presidents Committee
2010-2011               Immediate Past President
2009-2010               President
2008-2009               President-Elect
2007-2008               Vice President
2006-2007               Treasurer
2005-2006               Secretary
2005-2011               Audit and Finance Committee
2005-2006               Membership Committee Chair
1997-2003               Board of Trustees

1994-present: American Judicature Society

1994-present: Nebraska Court Improvement Project

1994-2014:  Nebraska State Bar Association Juvenile Law Committee

1994-present: American Bar Association

1987-present: Omaha Bar Association; 2016-2017, President; 2015-2016, President Elect; 2014-2015,  Executive Council

1987-present: Omaha Bar Association Annual Walk Through the Courts Program: Juvenile Law speaker

Volunteer Coach and Judge at Mock Trial and Moot Court Competitions: Omaha grade schools, high schools and universities and colleges, Creighton University and Creighton University School of Law                        

Community Activities
2014-present: Therapy team certification with my dog, Finnegan. Since 2012, Finnegan has come to court every day and provides comfort to children, parents, and professionals

Safety and Health Council, Omaha Chapter:
2005: Secretary/Treasurer and Administrative Co-Chair of Board of Directors
2002-2005: Chair of Court Services Committee and Executive Committee

2004-2005: Strengthening Neighborhoods for Children, Advisory Board

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church:
Board of Education
1998-2000   President
1998-2000   Chair, Executive Committee
1996-2000   Board of Education
1996-1998   Chair, Constitution, By-laws and Policy Committee
1995-2010   Career Day Presenter
1991-2008   Cantor and Guitarist
1991-2008   Meal Server at St. Vincent de Paul Shelter

Honors and Awards
2015: Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, membership in The Fellows is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Members are nominated by their peers and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.

2014: Nebraska Humane Society: Friends Forever Tina Durham Service Award, Grateful Recognition to Finnegan: Recipients are not only loyal companions, they are noted for their extraordinary service to the community.

2012: State of Nebraska recipient of the United States Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner’s Award from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families

2010: Omaha Bar Association Robert M. Spire Public Service Award 

2010: Creighton University 2010 School of Law Alumni Merit Award

2008: Fellow of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation

2005: Child Saving Institute, A. W. Clark Award

2005-2007: Class of Zero To Three’s Leaders for the 21st Century Fellowship Program

2004: 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

2001: Nebraska Supreme Court Award of Distinguished Judge for
Service to the Community

2016-present: Nebraska Young Child Institute, co-chair.

2008-2014: Helping Babies from the Bench: facilitated a series of multidisciplinary trainings focused on obtaining the best possible outcomes for infants and toddlers in the abuse and neglect court system.

2004-present: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Child Abuse and Neglect Institute Co-Facilitator, Advisor, Trainer
1998-present: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Trainer: Adoption Safe Families Act, Evidence, Testifying in Court, Role of the Judge, Stakeholder Collaboration, Resource Guidelines, Judicial Ethics, Birth to Five, Leadership, and other topics throughout the country

1994-present:  Trainer 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

Clinical Work with Traumatized Young Children:
Judge Douglas F. Johnson, Zero to Three Family Drug Treatment Court in CLINICAL WORK WITH TRAUMATIZED YOUNG CHILDREN 269-299 (Joy D. Osofsky ed. 2011)


National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Today Magazine:

American Bar Association Practice & Policy Brief:
Healing the Youngest Children: Model Court-Community Partnerships (March, 2007) (pages 10-12)

Creighton Lawyer
An Invitation to Success: Creighton Alumnus Douglas Johnson Helps Families Reunite with Zero to Five Family Drug Treatment Court (Fall, 2007)

2003-present: National CASA The Judges’ Page, including but not limited to:  

1995 to present: The Daily Record, Annual Law Day Essay


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