Media Releases

Media Releases

November 1, 2018
North Platte will celebrate National Adoption Day on Saturday, November 3, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Wild Bills Wings and Bowling, 1100 South Jeffers St, North Platte, NE 69101. The event, hosted by Judge Michael Piccolo, will include entertainment and activities (snacks, bowling, laser tag, arcade games and prizes) for children who have been adopted into their forever families over the past year in Lincoln, Dawson, Chase, Keith, Logan, Frontier, Thomas, Valley, McPherson, Red Willow,...Read more
October 30, 2018
The Keystone XL Pipeline hearing (TransCanada Keystone Pipeline LP for Route Approval v. Dunavan, November 1, 2018, in the Nebraska Supreme Court) will be livestreamed on Nebraska Educational Television’s NET2 as part of its regular court coverage. All Nebraska Supreme Court arguments held in the Capitol can be viewed on NET2. To view the argument session, individuals must visit the NET “Live & On Demand” (website: www.netnebraska.org/publicmedia/capitol.html and click on Judiciary: Supreme...Read more
October 30, 2018
Ms. Ellen Fabian Brokofsky, Nebraska State Probation Administrator and longtime Judicial Branch employee, announced her retirement after 13 years as Probation Administrator for the Nebraska Supreme Court, effective December 31, 2018. She has served in varying levels of the probation system for the past 43 years. She was appointed State Probation Administrator on October 1, 2005, by then Chief Justice John Hendry to oversee the administrative operations of the statewide probation system under...Read more
October 25, 2018
Judge of the District Court, 9th Judicial District, Teresa K. Luther, is retiring December 31, 2018. Luther serves as a judge of the Central Nebraska Drug Court and judge of the Judicial District 9 Reentry Court in addition to presiding full-time on the district court bench in Grand Island. In her retirement announcement to the Chief Justice, Luther wrote, “It has been an honor to serve as a district judge for the last 24 years. I owe a debt of gratitude to my court reporter, bailiff, the Clerk...Read more
October 24, 2018
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice Lindsey Miller-Lerman, the Judicial Nominating Commission for District Judge in the 9th Judicial District (consisting of Buffalo and Hall Counties) will hold a public hearing in District Court Courtroom #2 at the Buffalo ­­­­County Courthouse (1512 Central Avenue) in Kearney, Nebraska, beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. The primary office location of this vacancy will be Kearney, Buffalo County, Nebraska, but in order to provide...Read more
October 23, 2018
Judge of the County Court, 2nd Judicial District, John F. Steinheider, is retiring December 31, 2018. In his letter to the Governor and the Chief Justice, Steinheider wrote, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my 21 ½ years on the county court bench in the Second Judicial District.” He continued, “I have had the good fortune to serve with very capable court staff personnel throughout my years on the bench and thank them for their commitment and service to the public.” Additionally, he thanked his fellow...Read more
October 22, 2018
Judge Robert O'Neal of the juvenile court in Papillion and Judge John E. Samson of the district court in Blair were awarded the Supreme Court’s highest honors on October 18, 2018, during the Court’s annual meeting in La Vista. O'Neal was presented the Improvement of Community Relations Award and Samson 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...Read more
October 19, 2018
Nebraska’s trial judges associations installed new presidents during their annual meetings in LaVista on October 18, 2018. The associations and their newly appointed presidents are: Nebraska District Judges Association - Judge John A. Colborn, Lincoln Nebraska County Judges Association - Judge Marcela A. Keim, Omaha; and Nebraska Separate Juvenile Judges Association - Judge Christopher E. Kelly, Omaha. Each will serve until October 2019. Judges associations allow courts to network, problem...Read more
September 27, 2018
Supreme Court Justices will hold oral arguments at Schuyler Central campus on November 2, 2018 as part of the Nebraska Supreme Court’s outreach and education efforts. Two arguments will be heard on November 2, 2018 beginning with an educational program at 9:00 a.m. Court arguments will be followed by a question and answer session with students. Cases are selected to demonstrate the variety of legal arguments that face the court system on a regular basis. The visit is part of an ongoing effort...Read more
September 26, 2018
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, beginning at 10:00 a.m. central daylight time, at the State Capitol Building, Room 1510, Lincoln, Nebraska . The purpose of the hearing is to determine, pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 24-1204 and 1206, whether a judicial vacancy exists in the following location: Office of district court of the 9th Judicial District, due to the retirement of Judge William T. Wright effective September 30th, 2018, and if so...Read more

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