Media Releases

Media Releases

October 30, 2020
Throughout November, Nebraska state trial courts ask court customers and visitors to participate in a survey which is found either online or in the courthouse. The survey, designed by the National Center for State Courts, asks about individual experiences while in courthouses across the state. It is designed to measure opinions on the courts’ accessibility and fairness from the perspective of all court users (including litigants, witnesses, jurors, attorneys, court observers, and those who come...Read more
Minardi addresses new officers
October 28, 2020
State Probation Administrator Deborah Minardi addressed 71 new probation officers, their families, and fellow probation employees via Webex on October 27, 2020, during a virtual swearing-in ceremony. Minardi noted that probation’s work is both complex and dynamic and presents a multitude of challenges on any given day. In Nebraska, there are over 14,000 adults, and over 2,000 juveniles under probation supervision. Chief Justice Heavican administered the virtual oath asking officers to raise...Read more
October 23, 2020
Nebraska’s trial judges’ associations installed new presidents during their annual meetings in mid-October. Presidential terms began October 16, 2020. The associations and their newly appointed presidents are: Nebraska District Judges Association – Judge John E. Samson, Blair Nebraska County Judges Association – Judge Ross A. Stoffer, Madison Nebraska Separate Juvenile Judges Association – Judge Vernon Daniels, Omaha Each will serve until October 2021. Judges associations allow courts to...Read more
October 21, 2020
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. A swearing-in ceremony took place on Wednesday, October 21, at 2:00 p.m. using WebEx video conferencing technology due to COVID-19. The following list of individuals participated in the ceremony. Maxwell Donald Anderson Isabelle Anne Buhr Nickolas Robert...Read more
Burdick and Hall
October 16, 2020
Judge Kale Burdick of the county court in O’Neill and Judge Geoffrey Hall of the district court in Fremont were announced as 2020’s Distinguished Judge award recipients by Chief Justice Mike Heavican. During his morning address to Nebraska judges on October 16, 2020, Heavican noted that Burdick is the recipient of the Improvement of Community Relations Award, and Hall is given the Improvement of the Judicial System Award. The awards recognize members of the judiciary for meritorious projects...Read more
October 13, 2020
Judges in Nebraska’s 11th Judicial District have chosen a new clerk magistrate for Frontier County. Traci Loker will serve the county court as clerk magistrate and the district court as the ex officio clerk. Noting the county and district court responsibilities, Trial Court Services Director Sheryl Connolly remarked, “Frontier County pioneered this type of clerk office partnership under previous clerk magistrate, Ron Werkmeister, who also served as deputy clerk of district court. His legacy of...Read more
October 8, 2020
LINCOLN – CJ Roberts, Hazel G. Rodriguez, Michelle D. Sabata, and David P. Thompson, all of Lincoln, have submitted applications for appointment as Separate Juvenile Court Judge in Lancaster County. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Lincoln, Lancaster County. The vacancy is due to the retirement of Judge Linda S. Porter. The public hearing of the Judicial Nominating Commission will be held in Legislative Hearing Room 1524 of the State Capitol in Lincoln, Nebraska,...Read more
October 8, 2020
LINCOLN – Joel E. Carlson, Norfolk; Louvontree Hunter, South Sioux City; Jeffrey M. Kurtz, Omaha; Edward H. Matney, Hartington; Patrick R. Runge, Omaha; Kimberly M. Watson, Dakota City; and Melinda B. Wicks, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, have submitted applications for appointment as County Court Judge, Sixth Judicial District (consisting of Burt, Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Thurston, Washington Counties). The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Dakota City, Nebraska, with the...Read more
October 6, 2020
Mr. Damon Strong has been selected to serve as Chief Probation Officer for District 4A Probation (Douglas County, adult services). He began his new position on October 5, 2020. “I am excited and humbled by this great opportunity. Probation is not a job, I believe it is a calling to give back to the community in which we live and an opportunity to serve others in need,” Strong said. “I am honored to have been chosen and look forward to upholding the Vision and Mission of Probation.” Mr. Strong...Read more
October 5, 2020
Mr. Jeff Jennings has begun his service as Chief Probation Officer for District 2 Probation (Cass, Otoe, and Sarpy Counties). His appointment became effective October 3, 2020. Jennings joined the Judicial Branch in 1993 as a juvenile probation officer. He has served as a senior probation officer, specialized substance abuse supervision officer and has been in the role of chief deputy probation officer since 2006. “Over the past 14-plus years I have worked towards the goal of becoming Chief...Read more

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