Media Releases

Media Releases

July 29, 2021
District Court judge for the 11 th Judicial District, David W. Urbom, is retiring August 31, 2021. Counties in Nebraska’s 11th Judicial District include Arthur, Chase, Dawson, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Gosper, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker, Keith, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Red Willow, Perkins, and Thomas. In his letter to the Governor and the Chief Justice, Urbom wrote, “It has been a distinct honor and privilege to have served as a district judge for the past 15 plus years.” He continued, “I owe...Read more
July 29, 2021
District Court judge for the 11 th Judicial District, David W. Urbom, is retiring August 31, 2021. Counties in Nebraska’s 11th Judicial District include Arthur, Chase, Dawson, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Gosper, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker, Keith, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Red Willow, Perkins, and Thomas. In his letter to the Governor and the Chief Justice, Urbom wrote, “It has been a distinct honor and privilege to have served as a district judge for the past 15 plus years.” He continued, “I owe...Read more
July 22, 2021
County Court Judge Kent D. Turnbull will leave the bench on August 31, 2021. Turnbull has served the citizens of the State of Nebraska in the 11th Judicial District since taking the bench on October 22, 1999. “It has been my distinct privilege to serve in this position for the last twenty-two years and words cannot describe how grateful I am for the opportunity to serve both my state, community, and the 11th Judicial District. It has been a blessing beyond measure to work alongside staff and my...Read more
July 16, 2021
Judge of the District Court, 9th Judicial District (Grand Island and Kearney) Mark J. Young is retiring September 1, 2021. In his letter to the Governor and the Chief Justice, Young wrote, “It has been an honor to serve the citizens of the Ninth Judicial District as a judge and I wish to thank the public for all their support during my years of public service. Throughout my career, I have been blessed with the hard work of dedicated staff, court clerks and attorneys and I thank them as well.”...Read more
July 16, 2021
Nebraska Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican announced Nebraska Probation Week on behalf of the State Judicial Branch with a proclamation signing: Chief Justice Heavican Proclamation Signing Announcement Recognizing the week of July 18-24, 2021, is nationally identified as Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week; Chief Justice Heavican issued the proclamation announcing the recognition of Nebraska’s probation system urging all citizens – particularly those within the legal community – to...Read more
July 15, 2021
Omaha District Court Judge Thomas A. Otepka, is retiring on September 10, 2021. In his letter to the Governor and the Chief Justice, Otepka wrote, “I was sworn in as a Douglas County District Court Judge over eighteen years ago. It has truly been an honor and privilege to serve.” As his legacy, Otepka leaves the legal community with the creation of the Bench Media Committee through the Nebraska State Bar Foundation. He championed the establishment of the committee whose members are committed to...Read more
July 13, 2021
LINCOLN – Joseph C. Byam, Jonathon D. Crosby, Lisa M. Gonzalez, Sarah M. Moore, Patrick R. Runge, all of Omaha; Katrine M. Herrboldt, Karen S. Nelson, Sarah M. Sutter, Jennifer A. Thompson, all of Papillion, have submitted applications for appointment as Separate Juvenile Court Judge in Sarpy County. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Papillion, Sarpy County, Nebraska. The vacancy is due to the retirement of Judge Lawrence D. Gendler. The public hearing of the Judicial...Read more
July 9, 2021
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice John R. Freudenberg, the Judicial Nominating Commission for District Judge in the 4 th Judicial District (consisting of Douglas County) will hold a public hearing in the Douglas County District Court, Courtroom #501, 1701 Farnam Street, Omaha, Nebraska, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. The purpose of the hearing will be to receive information on the qualifications of candidates to fill the vacancy created by amendments to Neb...Read more
Juneteenth announcement
June 17, 2021
Nebraska’s court system, including probation and administrative offices, will remain open on the observation of Juneteenth (June 18, 2021) due to the number of trials, hearings, testing appointments, and other obligations previously scheduled that day. Employees of the Judicial Branch will observe Juneteenth at various times throughout the upcoming year. Under the Chief Justice’s constitutional and statutory authority, Friday, June 18, 2021, will remain a judicial day, and an alternate day of...Read more
June 8, 2021
WHAT: Midwest Nebraska Problem-Solving Court, in Lincoln County, will be holding a graduation ceremony and celebration at the Lincoln County District Court in North Platte to honor three successful graduates from the adult drug court program. The Midwest Nebraska Problem-Solving Court is an Adult Drug Court in Probation District #11. WHO: Honorable Michael E. Piccolo, District Court Judge, will preside over the graduation. WHEN: Friday, June 18, 2021 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Lincoln County District...Read more

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