Media Releases

Media Releases

March 19, 2018
Chief Justice Mike Heavican issued the following statement regarding the passing of Justice John Wright following his lengthy illness: “The Justices of the Nebraska Supreme Court are deeply saddened by the announcement of the death of Justice John Wright. He was a much-loved member of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. His loss leaves a great void as our longest serving (24-years), most experienced member of the bench. Our deepest condolences to his wife, children, grandchildren and...Read more
March 16, 2018
The Nebraska Supreme Court announces the appointment of Wendy A. Wussow of Lincoln, Nebraska, as Clerk of the Nebraska Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, beginning April 2, 2018. Wussow is currently serving as Agency Legal Counsel with the Nebraska State Patrol. She started her career as a private practice attorney in Kansas where she also served as a part-time municipal judge and later as assistant county attorney. Previously, she worked as a full-time prosecutor in both Kearney, Nebraska and...Read more
March 16, 2018
Nebraska District Court Judge Stefanie Martinez of Papillion, along with Court of Appeals Judge Francie Riedmann of Gretna, have been invited to sit with the Nebraska Supreme Court on Thursday, April 5th for the April argument session. The morning court session will be held at the Creighton University School of Law in Omaha beginning at 9:30 a.m. and the afternoon session at Millard North High School will begin with an education session at 1:00 p.m. followed by arguments at 1:30 p.m. Oral...Read more
March 15, 2018
Mary C. Gilbride, district court judge of the 5 th Judicial District, is retiring effective April 30, 2018, after nearly 26 years on the bench. In her retirement letter to the Chief Justice and the Governor, Judge Gilbride noted, “It has been the great privilege of my life to serve the people of Nebraska for almost 26 years, first as county judge for the Fifth Judicial District and, since 1998, as district judge for the Fifth District.” She added, “It has also been my privilege to work with the...Read more
March 13, 2018
Nebraska Supreme Court Justices will hold oral arguments at Millard North High School on April 5, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. as part of the Court’s ongoing outreach and education efforts. The high school court session is held in conjunction with annual Supreme Court arguments at the Creighton University School of Law. This visit and education session is part of a continuing effort by the Nebraska Supreme Court and the legal community to raise awareness of court processes and the importance of civics...Read more
March 7, 2018
The investiture of Lawrence E. Welch, Jr. as a Judge of the Nebraska Court of Appeals, 5th Judicial District, will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in the Warner Legislative Chamber, 2nd Floor, Nebraska State Capitol. Judge Welch is replacing Judge Everett O. Inbody who retired from the Court of Appeals in December 2017. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Frankie J. Moore will serve as host for the ceremony and Chief Justice Michael Heavican will administer the oath of office...Read more
February 23, 2018
LINCOLN – Chad M. Brown, Susanne M. Dempsey Cook, Jessica P. Douglas, Jeri L. James, Sarah M. Moore, Kate E. Placzek, all of Omaha; Amy N. Schuchman, Mary “Peg” Stevens, both of Elkhorn; and Jennifer D. Chrystal-Clark, Bennington, have submitted applications for appointment as Separate Juvenile Court Judge in Douglas County. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska. The vacancy is due to the retirement of Judge Wadie Thomas. The public hearing of...Read more
February 22, 2018
A research study, commissioned by the Supreme Court Administrative Office of Probation, has analyzed and established estimates of juvenile recidivism rates among those discharged from probation supervision in Nebraska. The report is slated to be presented to the Nebraska Supreme Court, distributed to state senators, and is posted on the Judicial Branch Website. The study completed by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln research team under the direction of Law and Psychology professor Dr. Richard...Read more
February 22, 2018
March 8, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. University of Nebraska College of Law & April 5, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. Creighton University School of Law For over 30 years the justices of the Nebraska Supreme Court have traveled to each of Nebraska’s law schools for the purpose of making the Court’s business accessible to students on their campuses. Annual visits are made each spring to the University of Nebraska College of Law in Lincoln and Creighton University School of Law in Omaha. Cases argued at the schools...Read more
February 16, 2018
Nebraska’s Youth Impact team from the Omaha area will be featured in a national education session through the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University. The success of the team, led by Douglas County Juvenile Judge Doug Johnson, has garnered the attention of national organizers who are using the Douglas County group as national role models for successful programming. The Nebraska Judicial Branch initiated a specialized project in 2012 with Georgetown University’s Center for...Read more

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