Seven Submit their Names for District Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial District

Seven Submit their Names for District Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial District

LINCOLN – Grant A. Forsberg, Joseph J. Kehm, Ryan M. Lindberg, Patrick R. Turner, Derek R. Vaughn, David M. Wear, all of Omaha; and Philip K. Kleine, Elkhorn, have submitted applications for appointment as District Court Judge in the 4th Judicial District consisting of Douglas County. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska. The vacancy is due to the retirement of Judge J. Michael Coffey.

The public hearing of the Judicial Nominating Commission will be held at the Douglas County District Court, Courtroom #506, 1701 Farnam Street, Omaha, Nebraska, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 27, 2023. The Commission will interview all applicants for the office at that time. 

Any member of the public wishing to present testimony for the commission’s consideration may do so one of two ways:

  1. Written testimony provided in advance:  Those wishing to present written testimony or other pertinent information may do so by mailing the information to the Commission Chair no later than July 20, 2023, at the following address: Justice Freudenberg, Nebraska Supreme Court, PO Box 98910, Lincoln, NE 68509 or email it to   
  2. Oral testimony offered during the hearing:  Those wishing to present oral testimony may do so by attending the public hearing in Courtroom #506 of the Douglas County Courthouse, Omaha, Nebraska.

A listing of the members of the Judicial Nominating Commission can be found on the Nebraska Judicial Branch Web site at

For special accommodations relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please call (402) 471-3730.  For persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, please call the Nebraska Relay System, 7-1-1. AA/EOE.