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September 28, 2020
During the month of September, Statewide Language Access Coordinator Jennifer Verhein, with outstanding clerical support from Ashtin Pawloski, administered Written Interpreter Exams in Grand Island, Omaha, Norfolk, and Lincoln. Twenty aspiring court interpreters who collectively speak six different languages took the 135-question multiple-choice test of English language, court-related vocabulary, and interpreter ethics. Eight who tested achieved a score qualifying them to sit for the Oral...Read more
September 28, 2020
Relief sculptures under the arched windows in the Court quadrant of the State Capitol are covered to prevent damage during renovation. As HVAC upgrades in the Capitol continue, the Supreme Court has moved into the Court of Appeals courtroom and the Nebraska State (Law) Library has moved to UNL College of Law. The relief tryptic (now covered) sits directly outside the library and represents individuals working together to have a say in government. It includes representations of the Declaration...Read more
miles-steffens slide
September 27, 2020
Monica Miles-Steffens, joins Your Nebraska Judicial Branch to discuss the philosophy and successes of the Juvenile Alternatives to Detention Initiative. 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
September 25, 2020
District Six Probation Office located in Fremont hosts a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating an expansion to its Reporting Center. The event kicked off Friday, September 11. The expansion, announced earlier in March, allows for additional funding. Once a service center, this expansion now allows more opportunity to provide additional and more diverse classes to those in need. Since July 2019, more than 2,400 individuals attended classes at the Service Center. The Fremont Reporting Center is the...Read more
Everyday Heroes award
September 24, 2020
As the Coordinator for the Problem-Solving Court in District 1, Amanda VanAsperen was instrumental in the expansion of drug courts throughout the 10 counties within her district. VanAsperen helped organize a town hall meetings to explain drug courts to area stakeholders including attorneys, law enforcement, and county commissioners. She also attended multiple individual county commissioners’ meetings to explain interlocal agreements, and describe budgets. Amanda, thank you from each of your 5,...Read more
September 21, 2020
Tucker Kelly and Paul Hansen graduated from the 5th Judicial District Problem-Solving Court in Hamilton-Merrick Counties on September 14, 2020. This ceremony marks the first virtual graduation in Hamilton-Merrick County. In attendance were Judge Rachel A. Daugherty, presiding judge of the Hamilton-Merrick Problem-Solving Court, Hamilton-Merrick County Board Members, District 5 probation staff, probation administration staff, friends, and family. Problem-solving court graduation is a time where...Read more
Heroes award
September 17, 2020
Thank you to the Probation District 3A staff. Your steady resolve during unprecedented disruptions helped ensure the highest levels of service and support.Read more
September 16, 2020
Community engagement sessions in Scottsbluff and Rushville planned by the Nebraska Consortium of Tribal, State, and Federal Courts have been postponed again due to COVID-19 concerns. Initially scheduled in March of this year, these discussions between the Consortium and Native American communities were intended to be held in 2020. With COVID-19 still active, all large gatherings are postponed. The Members of the Nebraska Consortium of Tribal, State and Federal Courts include judges who sit on...Read more
September 16, 2020
The Office of Public Guardian has been hard at work since March 2020 to develop the online guardianship and conservatorship education course in Spanish. Thanks to the previous establishment of an online course in English, the development timeframe shortened considerably, and efforts have focused heavily on the translation and narration elements. The course also reflects the new court rules that went into effect on April 1, 2020. Launching the Spanish class this fall will provide greater access...Read more
September 16, 2020
Bar exams always take lots of hard work, but the September 9th and 10th exam sessions also required ingenuity. In planning for the second bar exam in six weeks and dealing with the need to keep everyone safe, Stephanie Ferris, assistant director of admissions, built barriers to allow security to get close enough to examine laptops, clothing, and the glasses of the examinees. The September bar exam was scheduled as an alternative to the July exam for those dealing with COVID-19. Twenty-four...Read more

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