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July 29, 2019
The Nebraska Court Improvement Project (CIP) has opened registration for the 2019 Children’s Summit to all. This year’s Summit focuses on “Progress through Prevention.” CIP welcomes keynote speakers Dr. Tammi Fleming, Senior Associate at Annie E. Casey Foundation, Judge Steven Teske, Chief Judge, Juvenile Court of Clayton County, Georgia, and Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner at the Children’s Bureau, Acting Commissioner for Family and Youth Services Bureau, and the Acting Commissioner for...Read more
July 29, 2019
The Distinguished Judge for Service to the Community and Distinguished Judge for Improvement of the Judicial System awards were established to publicly recognize members of the judiciary for projects and exemplary accomplishments that enhance the vision of justice within our communities. These awards are designed to recognize any type of project or activity that has a positive impact on the administration of justice, is effective in addressing public needs and enhancing public trust and...Read more
July 29, 2019
During National Probation and Parole Week, July 21-27, 2019, Chief Justice Mike Heavican recognized the work that probation professionals do through the Nebraska Judicial branch for our communities. In an email to the probation system, Chief Heavican thanked probation staff for their dedication, service and all that they do to make a difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities. His note stated, “The mission of Nebraska Probation has never been more important. Probation has...Read more
July 26, 2019
The Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR) has created a Parenting Time, Mediation & You brochure which explains the mediation process, provides the web address for the self-help section of the Nebraska Judicial Branch website, and explains what is included in a Parenting Plan. Additionally, this brochure shows the sliding fee scale used by all six ODR-approved Mediation Centers to help lower, and middle-income individuals understand that mediation is an affordable option. The new resource is...Read more
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July 26, 2019
In celebration of Sarpy County Court’s second consecutive perfect audit, State Court Administrator Corey Steel treated court staff to lunch on July 23 in Papillion. Deputy State Court Administrator Amy Prenda, IT Applications Supervisor Sherri Dennis, and Trial Court Services Director Sheryl Connolly joined Steel and county court judges in congratulating Judicial Administrator Barb Pousson and staff. The celebration recognized Sarpy County Court’s effective staffing and use of best practices...Read more
July 26, 2019
A retirement reception honoring Debora Denny for her 14 years of service was held on June 24, 2019, in the law library. Denny carried out the position of Director of the Nebraska Office of Dispute Resolution since 2005. Over the course of her tenure, she worked with the judiciary to promote mediation and restorative justice in the state, including legislation such as the Parenting Act of 2007 and the Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice Act in 2019. Read more about her many...Read more
July 26, 2019
The Omaha courts and the Nebraska Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation have been awarded a $55,000 technical assistance grant to assess efforts in providing court users with meaningful access to the judicial process in the State of Nebraska. The focus of the study, funded by the State Justice Institute, is to evaluate the effectiveness of the assistance provided for Douglas County domestic relations cases. Domestic relations, or family law, cases represent the highest percentage of...Read more
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July 26, 2019
Of the nearly 60 Nebraskans who attended the 2019 National Association of Drug Court Professionals, one dozen were trial court judges who have assumed responsibility for the effectiveness of Nebraska problem-solving courts. Other attendees included Nebraska Problem-Solving Court Coordinators, prosecution and defense attorneys, therapists and problem-solving court supporters. The conference, held in Maryland, is the premier symposium for dissemination of information to drug and problem-solving...Read more
July 26, 2019
Judicial Branch Public Information Officer, Janet Bancroft, will highlight new and ongoing outreach efforts of the Nebraska Judicial Branch during the Conference of Court Public Information Officers annual meeting in Cleveland, Ohio. The Conference is the only professional organization dedicated to the role of court communicators worldwide. Nebraska’s contribution to How to Wrangle a Hundred Students, Keep Their Attention and Teach Them Something Along the Way will include: Nebraska’s unique “...Read more
July 25, 2019
In honor of Constitution Day, the Nebraska Court of Appeals will convene on the campus of Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, on September 10, 2019. The Court of Appeals will divide into its customary two panels with three judges each to hold arguments at 9:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. at the Thom Leadership Education Center Auditorium (212 College Avenue). The Court of Appeals will hear several cases during both the morning and afternoon sessions, followed by an open question and...Read more

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