Media Releases

Media Releases

November 3, 2021
Nebraska District Court Judge Rachel A. Daugherty of Aurora, Nebraska, was invited to sit with the Nebraska Supreme Court on November 3, 2021. Daugherty heard arguments in the cases of State v. Gnanaprakasam and State v. Abernathy; both cases criminal cases relating to the defendant’s right to a speedy trial. She sat in place of Chief Justice Mike Heavican, who was recused from the cases. The Court session was held in the Supreme Court Courtroom of the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln. Seven...Read more
November 2, 2021
Nebraska District Court Judge Terri S. Harder of Minden, Nebraska, was invited to sit with the Nebraska Supreme Court on November 2, 2021. Harder heard arguments in the case of State of Nebraska v. Joshua W. Keadle out of Gage County where, on February 13, 2020, the jury found Keadle guilty of second-degree murder. She sat in place of Justice John Freudenberg, who was recused from the case. The Court session was held in the Supreme Court Courtroom of the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln. Seven...Read more
October 28, 2021
The Nebraska Task Force on Lawyer, Judge and Law Student Well-Being (“Well-Being Task Force”) has released a report entitled Examining Lawyer, Judge and Law Student Well-Being in Nebraska. The report is the culmination of a two-and-a-half-year review by the Well-Being Task Force of the state of well-being within the Nebraska legal community, as well as initiatives to create positive change for our legal professionals. The Well-Being Task Force members consisted of the key stakeholders within...Read more
October 27, 2021
State Probation Administrator Deborah Minardi addressed 41 new probation officers, their families, and fellow probation employees via Webex on October 22, 2021, during a virtual swearing-in ceremony. Prior to being sworn-in, new probation officers successfully completed seven weeks of New Probation Officer Training plus one week of Safety Training. Additionally, they successfully completed 24 Experiential Participation Plan hours and their provisional period of employment Minardi noted that...Read more
October 27, 2021
MEDIA ADVISORY: Problem-Solving Court Graduation and Celebration WHAT: The North Central Problem-Solving Court team would like to announce the graduation of one of our participants. Completing the program is a great accomplishment, and we are proud to honor the Adult Drug Court graduate through this demonstration of achievement. We welcome you to join in this celebration. WHO: Judge Tami Schendt, Host WHEN: Thursday, November 4, 2021 9:00 a.m. WHERE: Custer County Courtroom Custer County...Read more
October 20, 2021
Nebraska District Court Judge Vicky L. Johnson, 1st Judicial District, announced her retirement effective January 31, 2022. In her letter to the Governor, Johnson noted, “It has been my honor and privilege to serve Southeast Nebraska as a District Judge beginning in January 2004.” Johnson has served on the district court bench for 17 years. Additionally, she is the presiding judge for the Southeast Nebraska Adult Drug Court. She has held several volunteer positions within the Nebraska District...Read more
October 20, 2021
MEDIA ADVISORY: Lancaster County Veterans Treatment Court Graduation and Celebration WHAT: The Lancaster County Veterans Treatment Court team is pleased to announce that two participants have successfully completed the Veteran’s Treatment Court Program. Please join us in celebrating this outstanding achievement. WHO: Judge Robert Otte, presiding over graduation Judge John Colborn Brigadier General Gary Ropers, Nebraska National Guard Tom Brewer, Nebraska State Senator WHEN: November 2, 2021, at...Read more
Association presidents
October 18, 2021
Nebraska trial judges installed new association presidents during their annual meetings in mid-October. Presidential terms began October 15, 2021. The associations and their newly appointed presidents are: Nebraska County Judges Association – Judge C. Jo Petersen, Seward Nebraska Separate Juvenile Judges Association – Judge Vernon Daniels, Omaha Nebraska District Judges Association – Judge Leigh Ann Retelsdorf, Omaha Each will serve until October 2022. Judges' associations allow courts to...Read more
October 14, 2021
Judge Stefanie Martinez, Sarpy County District Court Judge, and Judge Vernon Daniels, Douglas County Separate Juvenile Court Judge, were given the Supreme Court’s highest honor on October 13, 2021, in LaVista during the annual judges’ conference. Justice Mike Heavican presented Judge Daniels with the Improvement of the Judicial System Award, and Judge Martinez was given the Service to the Community Award. The awards, given annually, recognize members of the judiciary for meritorious projects...Read more
October 12, 2021
MEDIA ADVISORY: Dodge County Drug Court Graduation and Celebration WHAT: The Dodge County Drug Court team would like to announce the graduation of two participants. WHO: Judge Geoffrey C. Hall, Host WHEN: Tuesday, October 26, 2021 3:45 p.m., following Drug Court WHERE: Dodge County Courthouse District Court Room 428 N. Broad Street Fremont, NE WHY: For problem-solving court graduates, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive behavioral health treatment,...Read more

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