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June 24, 2021
Probation Navigators Karen Foster, Neha Saxena, Tammy Kratochvil, and Suzanne Kusy had no qualms about donning full-body PPE to continue meetings with individuals re-entering society from the Nebraska Correctional System. During COVID, the prison system required heavily modified procedures and rapid staff adjustments, which included the Navigators by necessity. Through the efforts of this 4-person team, 646 individuals successfully completed a re-entry plan between March 2020 and February 2021...Read more
DUI Court ceremony
June 23, 2021
Darla Ideus, Judge of the Lancaster County District Court, hosted a court ceremony to celebrate the establishment of the DUI (Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol) Court in Lincoln, NE. Speakers during the inaugural ceremony included Governor Pete Ricketts, Chief Justice Michael Heavican, County Attorney Pat Condon, National Center for DUI Courts Project Director Julie Seitz, Nebraska Highway Safety Office Administrator Bill Kovarik, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving Program Manager...Read more
June 21, 2021
Urging all Nebraskans – particularly those within the legal community – to recognize the significant contributions that the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) has made in Nebraska, Chief Justice Mike Heavican signed a Judicial Branch proclamation honoring its 10th anniversary. The proclamation signing ceremony commemorating the 10th Anniversary of Nebraska’s JDAI effortswas held Monday, June 21, 2021, in the Court of Appeals Courtroom. The event included JDAI co-chairs, State...Read more
June 21, 2021
Urging all Nebraskans – particularly those within the legal community – to recognize the significant contributions that the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) has made in Nebraska, Chief Justice Mike Heavican signed a Judicial Branch proclamation honoring its 10th anniversary. The proclamation signing ceremony commemorating the 10th Anniversary of Nebraska’s JDAI program was held Monday, June 21, 2021, in the Court of Appeals Courtroom. The event included JDAI co-chairs, State...Read more
Heroes award
June 17, 2021
Records Division Supervisor, Chris Downing, selflessly assumed the roles of three more people during the pandemic. Working on an altered schedule, she juggled the training of incoming staff, while keeping up with an increase of records requests from local, state, and federal government. Incredibly, she still initiated special projects of streamlining recordkeeping while eliminating inconsistencies. Chris, your attention to detail and insightful suggestions are moving Lancaster County District...Read more
June 14, 2021
Judge Ross Stoffer administered the ceremonial oath of office for Clerk Magistrate Leah Buhrman on June 4, 2021. Judges, colleagues, and attorneys gathered to celebrate Buhrman’s assumption of the position in the 7th Judicial District, Madison County Court. Buhrman began her role as clerk magistrate in November 2020, but the ceremony and reception were delayed due to directed health measures. “Leah joined the judicial branch in 2018 and learned many of the functions and responsibilities of the...Read more
June 14, 2021
Kristina Sehi assumed the Clerk Magistrate position in November 2020, but her new role was recognized and celebrated June 4, 2021, in a ceremony that had been delayed to comply with county health directives. Judge Ross Stoffer administered the ceremonial oath of office. “Kristina joined the court family in Madison County in 2007. Her wealth of knowledge and experience, and the confidence she has earned from judges, attorneys and colleagues, ensure exemplary services in the Pierce County Court...Read more
Heroes award
June 10, 2021
Judge Julie D. Smith of the 1st Judicial District has dedicated herself to enacting COVID safety measures with attorneys, law enforcement, and others to frequent her courtroom, while sharing the space with the County Court. She also shouldered the coordination of off-site jury selection and took it upon herself to familiarize staff with WebEx. With her instruction, those working with technology felt confident in using remote work software, and court proceeded seamlessly - as intended. Many...Read more
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June 9, 2021
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Heroes award
June 3, 2021
Recognizing that 2020 was a challenging and anxiety-producing year for anyone requiring health care, the administrative office human resource team of Eileen Janssen and LeAnn Johns worked together to ensure all Judicial Branch employees and judges completed their benefit elections by the May 19, 2021, deadline. Due to their vigilance, all 1,700 statewide staff who wished to continue their healthcare coverage were able to avoid missing their annual opportunity. Thank you, Eileen and LeAnn, for...Read more

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