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November 20, 2017
Judges of the Separate Juvenile Court in Omaha surrounded Judge Wadie Thomas at his final official adoption day press conference to present him with a fitting parting gift – a big “adoption day” teddy bear. The judge who brought National Adoption Day to Nebraska – Judge Thomas -- will retire just after the first of the year, January 2018. Teddy bears are a big item on National Adoption Day across the county. Bears are given to adoptees by judges for the children to love and care for, as they...Read more
November 20, 2017
The Central Nebraska Drug Court held a ceremony and celebration on November 14, 2017, at the Windmill Center in Minden, Nebraska where Nebraska State Senator John Kuehn delivered the graduation ceremony keynote address. For Drug Court graduates, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive treatment, intense community-based supervision, cognitive programming and judicial oversight. There were 28 graduates from Phelps, Buffalo, Kearney, Adams and Hall Counties. Drug...Read more
November 20, 2017
Chief Justice Mike Heavican and Office of Dispute Resolution Director Debora Denny awarded a 25th Anniversary commendation to The Mediation Center (TMC) in Lincoln on November 16, 2017. The Mediation Center Executive Director Casey Karges and Board Chair Jim Gordon accepted the honor. The event was held at the Lincoln Country Club, where over 100 attended the anniversary celebration. UNL College of Law Professor Alan Frank, State Deputy Ombudsman Carl Eskridge, Debora Denny and others noted...Read more
November 16, 2017
Antelope County Court Clerk Magistrate Barb Finn submitted her notice of retirement effective December 29, 2017, after nearly 45 years of service to the Judicial Branch. According to Judge Donna Taylor of Neligh, "Barb was the Clerk Magistrate when I arrived in Neligh, Nebraska, as a young inexperienced lawyer 33 years ago. She operated her court office with certain expectations of the lawyers and we young lawyers respected and attempted to meet those expectations.” Taylor continued, “Over the...Read more
November 8, 2017
On November 2, 2017 the District 1 Probation office in Beatrice held a ceremony to commemorate two individuals who both made a big impact in their community. The probation office named two rooms in their reporting center in honor of Gage County’s first probation officer, Cliff Wolf, Jr., and Jeremy Wach, a volunteer firefighter and member of the Gage County Sheriff’s Office. The ceremony was led by District 1 Chief Probation Officer Jeremy Behrends and was well attended by family, friends, co-...Read more
October 27, 2017
Dakota County Court Clerk Magistrate Paula Jensen submitted her notice of retirement effective November 30, 2017, after forty-four years of service to the Judicial Branch. County Court Judge Kurt Rager noted that Paula Jensen has been an indispensable asset to the Dakota County Court, “Her professionalism, wit and wisdom have made a difficult job appear easy and stress free when the reality is quite the opposite.” He continued saying, “It has been my privilege to work with her for more than 16...Read more
October 27, 2017
On November 13, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court’s electronic filing system will begin operation. While paper will remain the official form of filing as under existing practice, parties represented by counsel will also be required to submit most documents through the new electronic filing system. Attorneys who expect to file documents electronically will need to register in advance for the system. Additional information is available at https://www.supremecourt.gov/filingandrules/electronicfiling...Read more
October 25, 2017
Valley and Greeley County Court Clerk Magistrate Kathy Sweeney submitted her notice of retirement effective November 3, 2017, after 33 years of service to the Judicial Branch. According to fellow Clerk Magistrate Cathy Reiman of Boyd and Rock Counties, neighboring courts could always count on Kathy to step up and help when called upon, “Her experience in working for the court for 33 years and her vast knowledge of the system will leave a huge void in the 8th Judicial District.” Reiman continued...Read more
October 25, 2017
Howard County Court Clerk Magistrate Marsha Anderson submitted her notice of retirement effective November 30, 2017, after over 28 years of service to the Judicial Branch. “Marsha Anderson’s quiet courtesy and professionalism have made the court system less intimidating to those who found themselves in her court. Customer service was natural to Marsha even before it became a watch-word throughout the Nebraska Judicial Branch,” according to Trial Court Services Director Sheryl Connolly. County...Read more
October 24, 2017
A Swearing-in ceremony for Jennifer Myers as Clerk Magistrate of Hall County Court was held October 23, 2017, in the Hall County Court in Grand Island, Nebraska. Judge Arthur Wetzel presided over the ceremony with Judge Alfred Corey participating in the event. Before joining the courts, Jennifer (Jen) Myers served as the Planning and Zoning Administrator of Merrick County in Central City from 2008 – 2017. While in Omaha, she served as Community Planning Coordinator at the University of Nebraska...Read more

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