Media Releases

Media Releases

October 16, 2017
Judge Leigh Ann Retelsdorf of the district court in Omaha and Judge C. Jo Petersen of the county court in Seward were given the Supreme Court’s highest honor on October 12, 2017, in Omaha. Judge Retelsdorf was given the Service to the Community Award and Judge Petersen was presented with the Service to the Judiciary Award by Chief Justice Mike Heavican during the Court’s Annual Judicial Awards Dinner. The awards recognize members of the judiciary for meritorious projects and exemplary...Read more
October 16, 2017
Judges from across the state were elected to lead their respective associations at their annual meetings in Papillion in October. Kearney County District Court Judge Terri S. Harder is president of the Nebraska District Judges’ Association; Lancaster County Juvenile Court Judge Roger J. Heideman is president of the Nebraska Separate Juvenile Judges’ Association; and, Scotts Bluff County Judge Kris D. Mickey is president of the Nebraska County Judges’ Association. Presidents and officers will...Read more
September 27, 2017
The Nebraska State Bar Commission has received the Supreme Court’s approval of its recommendation for the following individuals to be admitted to the practice of law in the State of Nebraska. A swearing-in ceremony for new lawyers will take place September 29, 2017, at 10:00am in the Rotunda of the State Capitol building. For a complete list of the individuals who were approved by the Court, click here .Read more
September 27, 2017
Judge Thomas established Adoption Saturday in the fall of 1999 when less than a handful of states were participating in what has come to be a national court-sponsored program. National Adoption Day is celebrated every year on or near the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Nebraska’s celebrations have now spread to courts in all sections of the state. Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the thousands of children in foster care. Working with attorneys, adoption...Read more
September 20, 2017
The misuse of opioids such as heroin, morphine, and prescription pain medicines is not only a devastating public health crisis, it is critically affecting the administration of justice in courthouses throughout the United States. The number of children in foster care because of parental substance abuse has nearly tripled since 2012, and drug overdose deaths are at record highs. In response to this national crisis, top state court leaders have formed a task force to find solutions, examine...Read more
September 12, 2017
Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, Mike Heavican, presented 10 Employee Recognition Awards to individuals and team members on September 11, 2017, during the Nebraska Supreme Court’s ninth annual recognition event. The Employee Recognition Committee selected nine individuals and one team from the nominations submitted. Candidates for the awards were chosen and nominated by their supervisors and colleagues in the courts and probation offices where they work. The purpose of the program...Read more
September 7, 2017
Next Thursday, September 14, in Hastings, Nebraska In honor of Constitution Day, the Nebraska Court of Appeals will be in session on the campus of Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, on September 14, 2017. The Court of Appeals will divide into its customary two panels with three judges each to hold arguments at 9:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. in Hastings College’s Perkins Auditorium, Fuhr Hall (Music Building) 723 E. 9th Street. Chief Judge Frankie Moore will preside over the morning panel...Read more
August 30, 2017
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. central time, to determine whether a judicial vacancy exists in the office of district court of the 2nd Judicial District due to the retirement of Judge William B. Zastera effective October 1, 2017, and if so to make a recommendation to the Supreme Court as to the primary place of office of said vacancy. Pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 24-1204 (Reissue 2016), the public hearing will be...Read more
August 29, 2017
Jennifer Myers, Planning and Zoning Administrator with Merrick County, has been selected to serve as Hall County Clerk Magistrate in Grand Island, one of Nebraska’s largest county courts. Myers will begin work with the court system September 18, 2017, when she starts her new position with the Judicial Branch. County Court Clerk Magistrates work under the general direction of the presiding county judge supervising, assigning, and directing the work of all staff within the county court. The...Read more
August 14, 2017
In honor of Constitution Day, the Nebraska Court of Appeals will be in session on the campus of Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, on September 14, 2017. The Court of Appeals will divide into its customary two panels with three judges each to hold arguments at 9:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. in Hastings College’s Perkins Auditorium, Fuhr Hall (Music Building) 723 E. 9th Street. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Frankie Moore said, “The Nebraska Court of Appeals judges welcome this opportunity...Read more

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