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May 10, 2021
Hall County Reentry Court celebrated graduation in Grand Island on April 29, 2021. For the graduate, Matthew Moeller, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive mental health treatment, intensive community supervision, and full accountability. Judge Andrew Butler presided over the event. In recognition of his outstanding achievement, Moeller commented, "This might start off sounding kind of weird, but personally, I don't think that the majority of the criminal...Read more
Heroes award
May 6, 2021
Greg Sunderman is consistently going above and beyond his job duties to assist the Office of Public Guardian with the development of an online class for Guardian & Conservator education. Over the past two years, Greg dedicated significant amounts of time to work with the OPG to create, develop, and launch a Guardian & Conservator education course in an online format. After a successful launch of an English version, Greg dedicated himself to working on a Spanish version. Greg, thank you...Read more
May 4, 2021
In Omaha, the Douglas County Veterans Treatment Court honored a new graduate on April 29, 2021, while family, friends, members of the local community, and other participants observed via Zoom. The ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive mental health treatment, intensive community supervision, and full accountability for the graduate. Veterans Treatment Court Judge Horacio J. Wheelock presided over the ceremony, and Judge James T. Gleason was a speaker at the...Read more
Heroes award
April 29, 2021
Chief Deputy Jen Finigan is a perfect example of true leadership. Officers respect Jen’s judgment, long-standing experience, and knowledge. She fulfills numerous essential duties that affect the day-to-day operations of District 4A and is always ready to step-up when called. Her interim and ongoing assistance with Problem-Solving Courts and the Reporting Center throughout the pandemic has been invaluable. Jen your hard work and dedication are greatly appreciated by the staff in District 4A...Read more
Law day
April 28, 2021
On the first day of May each year, the legal community celebrates Law Day. The day originated in 1957 when the American Bar Association envisioned a special day celebrating the US legal system. President Dwight Eisenhower established Law Day with a presidential proclamation in 1958. This year we continue to celebrate separately. Next May, the Nebraska Judicial Branch will be celebrating with in-person events. The Omaha Daily Record asked Chief Justice Mike Heavican and Chief Judge Mike Pirtle...Read more
April 27, 2021
South Dakota and Nebraska partnered to form a Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiatives (JDAI) regional conference to highlight important issues such as race equity, school-justice partnership, rural detention reforms, and diversion expansion. The conference was held on April 7 and 8, 2021, in Rapid City, South Dakota. Juvenile Justice Stakeholders from both states convened to learn, network, and ultimately develop action steps to take home to their respective communities. One highlight of...Read more
April 26, 2021
Interpreter and translation services and credentialing for the Nebraska Judicial Branch are outlined in an article written by Director of Language Access Jennifer Verhein in the Access to Justice themed issue of the Nebraska Lawyer Magazine (March/April 2021). It is reprinted with the permission of the Nebraska State Bar Association. Read article the from the magazine: Nebraska Judicial Branch Language Access Photos show some of the 15 individuals who participated in Court Interpreter...Read more
April 26, 2021
The Office of Public Guardian recently participated in a virtual Community of Practice through the Nebraska Center on Reflective Practice. The OPG and its staff continues to greatly benefit from participating in Reflective Practice. The virtual Community of Practice included open discussion on the highlights and challenges of guardianship and/or conservatorship work, through the lens of facilitating interactions that are attuned and productive. Breakout sessions provided staff with the...Read more
April 23, 2021
Boone and Nance Counties are the latest counties to contract for the clerk magistrate to serve as ex officio clerk of district court. Lisa Langan took on ex Officio Clerk of District Court duties in Boone County on April 1, 2021. Langan has served as Clerk Magistrate since 2001 and has been part of the Judicial Branch family since 1993. Shirley Stuart-Monroe assumes ex officio responsibilities in Nance County on May 1, 2021. Stuart-Monroe was appointed Clerk Magistrate in 2012 and has been with...Read more
April 23, 2021
An overview of Nebraska’s Access to Justice Commission, co-chaired by Justice Stephanie Stacy and Nebraska State Bar Association Director Liz Neeley, appears in the Access to Justice themed issue of The Nebraska Lawyer magazine (March/April 2021). It is reprinted with the permission of the Nebraska State Bar Association. Read article from the magazine: An Update from Nebraska’s Access to Justice CommissionRead more

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