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May 20, 2022
Former justice of the Nebraska State Supreme Court, Michael McCormack, died May 9, 2022. McCormack was appointed to the Court on March 19, 1997, by Governor Ben Nelson. He retired from the Court on January 1, 2016. Read McCormack ObituaryRead more
Platte County Staff
May 19, 2022
The Platte County District Court staff, led by Clerk of the District Court Marlene Vetick (3rd from left) with Laurie Sloup, Lori Micek, Dawn Samsel, Kelli Scheffler, and Sandra Janssen, were the consummate hosts for the change of venue trial of State v. Felipe Vazquez. Staff of the Clerk of the District Court spent hours working with the visiting court staff from Lancaster County, reviewing facilities and finding space for the trial. They also worked with the technology team to set up Zoom for...Read more
May 12, 2022
Justices were treated to a student and community Law Day luncheon following Supreme Court oral arguments at McCook High School in late April. Justices sat at individual tables with a mix of students and community members to facilitate one-on-one discussions with tablemates. High School Business Manager Jeff Gross hosted the event and called on Judge Anne Paine to share details about the McCook Eyes of the Child Team projects. Paine outlined the following endeavors: Come to the Table (Through...Read more
Aurora Job Shadowing
May 11, 2022
Harry Potter received a verdict of not guilty following his murder trial in Aurora, Nebraska, on the morning of April 27, 2022. Hampton Public School 5th graders took on roles of Harry Potter, Dumbledore, Lord Voldemort, Hagrid, and other characters in the fictional series. Student attorneys and court staff worked their way through a mock trial script provided by the Nebraska State Bar Foundation. To start the 5th Grade Job Shadow mock trial session, District Judge Rachel Daugherty welcomed...Read more
Podcast Promo
May 11, 2022
Payton Hogan, joins Your Nebraska Judicial Branch to reflect on his remarks at the May 2022 Nebraska Problem-Solving Court Month proclamation ceremony. Your Nebraska Judicial Branch is available to listen and subscribe on all podcast app platforms. Additionally, it is found on the web at: https://nejudicial.buzzsprout.com/ .Read more
Lancaster County Staff
May 5, 2022
Lancaster County District Court Bailiff Lynne Albin, along with Official Court Reporters Rita Loos and Dawn Siegfried enthusiastically embraced the challenge of organizing a traveling court group. The trial of State v. Felipe Vazquez transferred venues from Lancaster County District Court to Platte County District Court in Columbus, where Albin, Siegfried, and Loos were essential in preparing for and executing the out-of-county trial. Lynne, your ability to communicate effectively with team...Read more
Problem Solving Court Proclamation
May 5, 2022
Nebraska Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican held a proclamation signing ceremony announcing the month of May as Nebraska Problem-Solving Court Month on behalf of the State Judicial Branch on Wednesday, May 4, at 2:00 p.m. The ceremony was streamed live from the Nebraska Supreme Court Courtroom which can be viewed here . In his opening remarks, Nebraska Supreme Court Justice Jeff Funke stated that the proclamation is “Our opportunity to appreciate all of you”, speaking to the crowd of Problem-...Read more
Nebraska Supreme Court at McCook
May 4, 2022
Law Day 2022 was celebrated in the McCook High School auditorium on April 28, with local judges speaking to students immediately before the Nebraska Supreme Court held oral arguments. Judge Pat Heng discussed the appeals process while outlining information about the trial courts and the importance of courts in American society. Judge Anne Paine provided students with a background on Law Day noting, “For those who are not aware, on May 1 the United States officially recognizes Law Day. It is...Read more
Annette Schafer Swearing-In
May 4, 2022
A swearing-in ceremony for Annette Shafer as Clerk Magistrate of Lincoln County Court was held April 26, 2022, in the Lincoln County Courthouse in North Platte, Nebraska. Judge Joel Jay opened and hosted the ceremony. Annette Shafer began her duties as Clerk Magistrate on January 24, 2022, replacing former Clerk Magistrate Kerry Sides. Photo: State Court Administrator Corey Steel, Judge Joel Jay, Judge Michael Piccolo, Clerk Magistrate Annette Shafer, and Judge Tanya Roberts-Connick.Read more
Debra Hand Swearing-in
May 4, 2022
A swearing-in ceremony for Debra Hand as Clerk Magistrate of Cherry County Court was held April 26, 2022, in the Cherry County Courthouse in Valentine, Nebraska. Judge James Orr opened and hosted the ceremony. Hand began her duties as Clerk Magistrate on January 3, 2022, replacing former Clerk Magistrate Kay Morrison. Photo: Judge James Orr presents Certificate of Appointment to Clerk Magistrate Debra Hand.Read more

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