Media Releases

Media Releases

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
September 24, 2019
On October 1, 2019, the Nebraska State Library staff will be moving to a temporary location at Schmid Law Library on UNL’s East Campus for the duration of Phase 2 of the State Capitol HVAC renovation project. You can visit the Schmid Law Library website for directions and to search their online catalog. UNL’s law library has a comprehensive legal collection with popular treatises on every major topic of law, as well as federal, state, and case law. Their collection of Nebraska legal materials...Read more
OPG Online Classes
September 24, 2019
The Nebraska Office of Public Guardian is announcing the launch of a new ONLINE Guardian/Conservator Education course. This course is designed to help people navigate the process of guardianship and conservatorship in the courts and at home. Participants learn how to fill out court forms, promote the dignity and autonomy of a ward or protected person, and implement least-restrictive alternatives. The course costs $20 per person. After receiving login credentials, the online course can be...Read more
September 11, 2019
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice John R. Freudenberg, the Judicial Nominating Commission for Separate Juvenile Court Judge in Douglas County will hold a public hearing at the Douglas County District Court, Courtroom #412, 1701 Farnam Street, Omaha, Nebraska, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 17, 2019. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska. At the hearing, the Commission will receive information on the qualifications of...Read more
September 11, 2019
Douglas County Separate Juvenile Court Elizabeth G. Crnkovich has resigned her position. Her last day on the bench is September 11, 2019. In her letter to the Governor, Crnkovich wrote, “It has been my honor and privilege to serve the children and families in Douglas County for almost 25 years! I am forever grateful for having had such a wonderful opportunity.” Crnkovich served on the Omaha bench from 1995 through today. The first step in replacing Judge Crnkovich will be for the Judicial...Read more
September 9, 2019
The Lancaster County Veterans Treatment Court will hold its graduation ceremony and celebration on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at 6:00 p.m., at the City Council Chambers, 555 South 10th Street, Room 112, Lincoln, Nebraska. For Veterans Treatment Court graduates, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of treatment, close supervision, frequent testing, and full accountability. Presiding Veterans Treatment Court, Judge John A. Colborn will host the ceremony. Guest speakers include...Read more

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