Media Releases

Media Releases

August 27, 2021
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold a public hearing immediately followed by a public meeting, on Friday, September 10, 2021 beginning at 10:00 a.m., in Room 1510 of the State Capitol Building in Lincoln, Nebraska. The proceedings will be in-person and will include virtual conferencing via WebEx. During the public hearing, the Commission will receive testimony, both in-person and in writing, on the following agenda items: Whether a judicial vacancy exists in the District Court of the 4...Read more
August 26, 2021
Supreme Court Justices will hold oral arguments in the Tiger Theatre on the Hastings High School Campus as part of the Nebraska Supreme Court’s ongoing outreach and education efforts. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. on September 29, 2021, Hastings High School Principal Thomas Szlanda will review rules and expectations with students and noting that the theatre will transform into a Supreme Court Courtroom for the remainder of the morning. District Court Judge Stephen Illingworth and County Court Judge...Read more
August 11, 2021
MEDIA ADVISORY: Douglas County Veterans Treatment Court Graduation and Celebration WHAT: The Douglas County Veterans Treatment Court team is pleased to announce 30 participants have successfully completed the Veteran’s Treatment Court Program. Please join us in celebrating this outstanding achievement. WHO: Judge Horacio J. Wheelock, presiding over graduation General Paul Cohen, keynote speaker WHEN: September 2, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. WHERE: Omaha-Douglas Civic Center in the Legislative Chambers...Read more
August 11, 2021
MEDIA ADVISORY: Sarpy County Drug Court Graduation and Celebration WHAT: The Sarpy County Drug Court team is pleased to announce 7 participants have successfully completed the Drug Court Program. Please join us in celebrating this outstanding achievement. WHO: Judge Stefanie Martinez presiding WHEN: August 23, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. WHERE: Sarpy County Courthouse Boardroom 1210 Golden Gate Drive Papillion, NE 68046 WHY: For problem-solving court graduates, the ceremony marks the completion of an...Read more
August 10, 2021
The Nebraska Court of Appeals will be in session on the campus of Wayne State College on September 16, 2021. The Court of Appeals will divide into their customary two panels with three judges each to hold arguments at 9:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. on campus in the Student Center, 1111 Main St, Wayne, Nebraska. “The Court of Appeals is looking forward to holding oral arguments on the Wayne State campus. We greatly appreciate this invitation, and we look forward to meeting the students,...Read more
August 4, 2021
MEDIA ADVISORY: Problem-Solving Court Graduation and Celebration WHAT: Midwest Nebraska Adult Drug Court will be holding a graduation ceremony and celebration at the Lincoln County District Court in North Platte on September 3, 2021. WHO: Honorable Michael E. Piccolo, District Court Judge, will preside over the graduation. WHEN: Friday, September 3, 2021 1:00 p.m. WHERE: Lincoln County District Court 301 N. Jeffers Street North Platte, NE 69101 WHY: For Drug Court graduates, the ceremony marks...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 28, 2021
LINCOLN – Makayla S. Danner, Grant A. Forsberg, Anthony W. Liakos, Jeffrey J. Lux, Korey T. Taylor, Jeffrey P. Welch, all of Omaha, and Molly B. Keane, Elkhorn, have submitted applications for appointment as District Court Judge in the 4th Judicial District (Douglas County). The vacancy was created by amendments to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 24-301.02 (Cum. Supp. 2020) establishing a seventeenth district court judge effective July 1, 2021. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Omaha,...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

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