Access to Justice Commission

Access to Justice Commission

Origin/Authorization: March 22, 2017 Supreme Court Minutes.

Terms: Two and four year terms.

Purpose Statement: To promote the Nebraska Supreme Court’s goal of providing equal access to swift, fair justice for all Nebraskans regardless of income, race, ethnicity, gender, disability, age or language. 

Name Representation Appointment Date Term Expires Reappointed

Justice Stephanie Stacy, Co-Chair

Supreme Court Justice

05/17/2017

05/17/2021

 

Elizabeth Neeley, Co-Chair

Nebraska State Bar Association Executive Director

05/17/2017

05/17/2019

 

Ellen Brokofsky 

Probation Administrator 

05/17/2017

05/17/2021

 

Tania Diaz

Disability organization representative 

05/17/2017

05/17/2019

 

Judge Roger Heideman

Juvenile Court Judge

05/17/2017

05/17/2019

 

Jane Martin Hoffman

Mediation center representative 

05/17/2017

05/17/2019

 

Kenny Jacobs

Attorney 

05/17/2017

05/17/2019

 

Amie Martinez

Attorney 

05/17/2017

05/17/2021

 

Joshua McDougall

County court clerk 

05/17/2017

05/17/2019

 

Paul McGreal

Creighton University School of Law

05/17/2017

05/17/2021

 

Carole McMahon-Boies

Director of Attorney Services 

05/17/2017

05/17/2019

 

Judge Frankie Moore

Court of Appeals Judge

05/17/2017

05/17/2021

 

Milo Mumgaard

Legal aid representative

05/17/2017

05/17/2021

 

Joe Nigro

Legal aid representative

05/17/2017

05/17/2019

 

Stefanie Pearlman

Library representative

05/17/2017

05/17/2021

 

Doug Peterson

Attorney General 

05/17/2017

05/17/2021

 

Monica Rotherham

District court clerk 

05/17/2017

05/17/2021

 

Kevin Ruser

University of Nebraska College of Law Professor 

05/17/2017

05/17/2019

 

Jose J. Soto

Community representative 

05/17/2017

05/17/2019

 

Corey Steel

State Court Administrator

05/17/2017

05/17/2021

 

Kelly Varguez

Court interpreter representative 

05/17/2017

05/17/2019

 

Judge Derek Vaughn

County Court Judge

05/17/2017

05/17/2021

 

Senator Justin Wayne

Senator 

05/17/2017

05/17/2021

 

Judge Horacio Wheelock

District Court Judge

05/17/2017

05/17/2019

 

 

 

 

Subcommittee(s):

Committee on Equity and Fairness

Origin/Authorization: Nebraska Supreme Court consultation minutes created the committee as a standing committee to the Access to Justice Commission, September 6, 2017.

Mission Statement: The Committee on Equity and Fairness recognizes that a person's diversity status (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, disability, English language proficiency, immigration status) can be a barrier to accessing Nebraska's courts and related programs and processes. A primary interest and focus of the Access to Justice Commission's Standing Committee on Equity and Fairness is to: Identify and address barriers to accessing the courts and related court programs, and - Continue efforts to ensure fairness in matters related to accessing court in Nebraska.

Name Title/Organization Appointment Date

Judge Stefanie Martinez, Chairperson

District Court Judge

9/6/17

Jamie Cooper

Attorney

9/6/17

Kim Etherton

Pretrial Services

9/6/17

Mandy Gruhlkey

Deputy County Attorney

9/6/17

Judge Matthew Kahler

Juvenile Court Judge

9/6/17

Joe Kelly

County Attorney

9/6/17

Monica Miles Steffens

Probation Administration

9/6/17

Liz Neeley

Nebraska State Bar Association

9/6/17

Kyle Otte

Nebraska State Patrol

9/6/17

Corey Steel

State Court Administrator

9/6/17

Yvonne Sosa

Deputy Public Defender

11/29/17

Jose J Soto

Community Representative

9/6/17

Judge Donna Taylor

County Court Judge

9/6/17

Kim Taylor Riley

Attorney

9/6/17

Judge Mark Young

District Court Judge

9/6/17

 

Language Access Committee

Origin/Authorization: Nebraska Supreme Court consultation minutes created the committee, September 14, 2005.  Nebraska Supreme Court consultation minutes made the committee a standing committee of the Access to Justice Commission, March 20, 2017.

Mission Statement: In order to secure and protect the rights of persons who are unable to readily understand or communicate in the English language and cannot be protected in legal proceedings unless qualified interpreters are provided, the Nebraska Supreme Court creates the Language Access Committee. The purpose of the committee shall be to create, evaluate and recommend statewide policies, rules and regulations of court and probation interpreting throughout the state.

Name Title/Organization Appointment Date

Justice Jeffrey Funke, Chairperson

Supreme Court

9/14/16

Judge Linda Bauer

County Court

3/8/17

Judy Beutler

State Court Administration

9/14/05

Becky Boryca

District Court Clerk

2/23/17

Olivia Brockman

Interpreter

10/18/16

Ellen Brokofsky

Probation Administrator

10/1/05

Bob Denton

Chief Probation Officer

10/27/10

Maria Easterday

Interpreter

6/28/17

Ellen Faltys

Clerk Magistrate

9/14/05

Adrian Hinojosa

Court Interpreter Coordinator

1/31/13

Judge Christopher Kelly

Juvenile Court

11/17/10

Ann Marie Kudlacz

Executive Director, Southern Sudan Community Association

10/29/14

Maureen Larsen

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Interpreter

11/16/05

Judge John Marsh

District Court

12/14/16

Judge Julie Martin

Workers' Compensation Court

5/4/16

Judge Craig McDermott

County Court

3/16/11

Constanza Meier

Interpreter

12/10/08

Jeck-Jenard Navarrete

Office of the Federal Public Defender Interpreter

9/14/05

Elizabeth Neeley

Nebraska State Bar Association

2/15/06

Judge Randin Roland

County Court

5/5/10

Corey Steel

State Court Administrator

6/11/14

Judge Shelly Stratman

District Court

11/12/15

Staff    
Jennifer Verhein    

Self-Represented Litigation Committee

Origin/Authorization: Nebraska Supreme Court consultation minutes created the committee February 26, 2003, the committee’s name was changed per consultation minutes January 22, 2015.  Nebraska Supreme Court consultation minutes made the committee a standing committee of the Access to Justice Commission, March 20, 2017.

Mission Statement: To engage in continuing analysis and study of the challenges which self-represented litigation poses for court staff, the judiciary, and the practicing bar; to continue assessment of the challenges to the right of self representation which the judicial system currently presents; to propose solutions or improvements in response to such challenges to the Nebraska Supreme Court; and to implement the recommendations of the Self-Represented Litigation Committee which the Nebraska Supreme Court approves.

 

Self-Represented Litigation Committee Programs & Services Page

 

Member Title/Organization Appointment Date

Judge Frankie Moore, Chairperson

Court of Appeals

3/14/12

Judge Teresa Luther, Vice Chairperson

District Court

2/26/03

Ann Borer

Director of the Douglas County Law Library

10/16/13

Christine Christopherson

Judicial Branch Education

2/28/18

Carol Cleaver

NSBA Director of Legal Services

11/18/15

Judge Rachel Daugherty

District Court

2/28/18

Debora Denny

Office of Dispute Resolution

9/13/06

Judge Leo Dobrovolny

District Court

10/16/13

Maureen Eck

State Library, Deputy Librarian

2/28/18

Marsha Fangmeyer

Attorney

10/16/13

Scott Hahn

Attorney

2/28/18

Judge Russell Harford

County Court

10/16/13

Muirne Heaney

Attorney

2/28/18

Laurel Heer Dale

Attorney

2/28/18

Judge Timothy Hoeft

County Court

11/18/15

Doris Huffman

Executive Director Nebraska Bar Foundation

2/26/03

Catherine Mahern

Creighton Legal Clinic

2/26/03

Elizabeth Neeley

Executive Director, NSBA

10/16/13

Judge Michael Piccolo

County Court

1/22/15

Vicki Prince

Clerk of the District Court

2/28/18

CathyJo Reiman

Clerk Magistrate

10/16/13

Kevin Ruser

UNL Legal Clinic

2/26/03

Robert Sanford

Attorney 

2/27/08

Corey Steel

State Court Administrator

1/22/15

Judge Horacio Wheelock

District Court

2/28/18

Staff

   

Janet Bancroft

   

Sheryl Connolly