Media Releases

Media Releases

Parsley and Harmon
October 23, 2019
Judge Thomas Harmon of the county court in Omaha and Judge Holly Parsley of the county court in Lincoln were awarded the Supreme Court’s highest honors during the annual meeting in La Vista on October 10, 2019. Harmon was presented the Improvement of Community Relations Award, and Parsley was given the Improvement of the Judicial System Award by Chief Justice Mike Heavican at the Court’s Annual Judicial Dinner. The awards recognize members of the judiciary for meritorious projects and exemplary...Read more
October 17, 2019
Commencement Ceremony for 6 th Judicial District Drug Court - Fremont Host Judge: Judge Geoffrey Hall Special Guest(s): Nebraska State Senator Lynne Walz Graduation and Celebration: Who: Fremont Adult Drug Court Date: October 22, 2019 Time: Hearing at 3:00 p.m., Celebration to follow Place: District Court Courtroom of the Dodge County Courthouse, 428 No. Broad Street, Fremont, NE This is an Adult Drug Court graduation, for more information visit the Problem-Solving Court webpage: https://...Read more
October 16, 2019
LINCOLN – Jennifer D. Chrystal-Clark, Karine E. Sokpoh, both of Bennington; Amy N. Schuchman, Mary “Peg” Stevens, both of Elkhorn; Jonathon D. Crosby, Susanne M. Dempsey-Cook, Jessica P. Douglas, Britt H. Dudzinski, Jane M. McNeil, Sarah M. Moore, Candice J. Novak, Dami J. Oluyole, Kathleen S. Pallesen, Patrick R. Runge, Joy M. Suder, Christina L. Thornton, all of Omaha, have submitted applications for appointment as Juvenile Court Judges in the Separate Juvenile Court of Douglas County. The...Read more
Award winners
October 11, 2019
The Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, Michael J. Heavican, presented Employee Recognition Awards on October 7, 2019, during the Nebraska Judicial Branch eleventh annual recognition event. An Employee Recognition Committee selected ten individuals and two teams from 57 nominations. Candidates for the awards were nominated by judges, supervisors and colleagues in court and probation offices from across the State. The purpose of the awards program is to recognize Judicial Branch...Read more
October 10, 2019
The Veterans Treatment Court in Lancaster County has been awarded a $496,000 grant through the U.S. Office of Justice Programs and the U.S. Department of Justice. The 3-year grant allows for court enhancements, including safe and sober housing, transportation assistance, and enhanced supervision for veteran participants. The grant will also fund an independent program evaluation and enhanced training opportunities for the Veteran’s Court team. The Lancaster County Veterans Court was founded in...Read more
October 10, 2019
Nebraska’s trial judges’ associations installed new presidents during their annual meetings in LaVista on October 10, 2019. The associations and their newly appointed presidents are: Nebraska District Judges Association – Judge Thomas A. Otepka, Omaha Nebraska County Judges Association – Judge Michael P. Burns, Hastings; and Nebraska Separate Juvenile Judges Association – Judge Reggie Ryder, Lincoln. Each will serve until October 2020. Judges associations allow courts to network, problem-solve...Read more
October 1, 2019
Lancaster County Separate Juvenile Court Judge Toni G. Thorson has announced her retirement. Her last day on the bench is October 16, 2019. In her letter to the Chief Justice, Thorson wrote, “It has been an honor to work with my colleagues to try to help children and families experiencing difficult and challenging times in their lives.” Thorson served on the juvenile bench in Lincoln for nearly 30 years. After taking the bench on August 31, 1989, she was retained in her position by area voters...Read more
September 26, 2019
The Nebraska State Bar Commission has received the Supreme Court’s approval of its recommendation for admission to the practice of law in the State of Nebraska for those having fulfilled all of the requirements under Rule § 3-117 for admission by examination. A swearing-in ceremony took place September 26th at 10:00 a.m. in the Rotunda of the State Capitol building with the following list of individuals as participating in the ceremony. Andrew Jeffrey Almodova Kelsey Elizabeth Arends Corey...Read more
September 26, 2019
AMENDED LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice John R. Freudenberg, the Judicial Nominating Commission for Separate Juvenile Court Judges in Douglas County will hold a public hearing on two judicial vacancies in the Separate Juvenile Court of Douglas County due to the retirement of Judge Douglas F. Johnson and the resignation of Judge Elizabeth G. Crnkovich. The hearing will be held at the Douglas County District Court, Courtroom #408, 1701 Farnam Street, Omaha, Nebraska, beginning at 9:...Read more
September 25, 2019
The Southeast Nebraska Adult Drug Court has been expanded to provide problem-solving court services in the five counties in the far southeast corner of Nebraska: Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, and Richardson Counties. This is an expansion of the problem-solving court which already exists in Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Saline, and Thayer Counties. With this expansion, all ten counties in the First Judicial District will be served. Judge Julie D. Smith will serve as presiding judge of the court...Read more

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