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August 30, 2022
The Language Access team has seen some changes in the past year. Coordinator Adrian Hinojosa offices in Douglas County; Interpreter Scheduler Kari Corkle is in Lancaster County; and Interpreter Scheduler Veronica Wieczorek assumed her position in Hall County effective July 11. Olivia Brockman, previously a contract Interpreter Coordinator serving the 2nd Judicial District, will be employed by the Judicial Branch to provide statewide support effective September 1, 2022. Coordinators and...Read more
August 25, 2022
The new home of the Probation Reporting Center served as a focal point for the first day of the final visit of the Chief’s summer tour. Chief Probation Officer Lonnie Folchert guided guests to the Dawson County Annex Building, where the county’s probation offices were moved this past June. Judges, staff, attorneys, and county commissioners toured the building with Reporting Center Coordinator Brian Flanders and Chief Deputy Probation Kurt Stevens while discussing programming and services...Read more
Heroes award
August 25, 2022
Special populations probation officers Rob Hall, Chris Gillaspy, Megan Loomis, and Sarah VonWonder of the Juvenile Re-entry Unit (JRU) serve as shared supervision officers for youth who are court-ordered to the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Centers (YRTC) and Whitehall Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility. These officers are leaders who ensure exhaustive efforts are made through collaboration with probation staff before youth enter any of the three YRTC facilities. Upon admission,...Read more
August 25, 2022
“This is home for me,” noted Justice John Freudenberg during his opening address to the group of individuals welcoming the Chief Justice’s Summer tour to the district courtroom at the Box Butte County Courthouse. He added that he represents the 6th Appellate Court Judicial District which includes 47 of Nebraska’s 93 counties. The Alliance courtroom was the first stop on the third day of the Chief Justice’s Summer Tour. While thanking the staff and county commissioners for the work they do for...Read more
August 24, 2022
Southeast Nebraska Adult Drug Court celebrated the graduation of Samuel Petersen at the Saline County Courthouse in Wilber on August 8, 2022. Judges David Bargen (current Drug Court Judge), Vicky Johnson (retired Drug Court Judge), and Rick Schreiner (interim Drug Court Judge) presided over the ceremony. The ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive drug treatment, close supervision, and full accountability for Drug Court graduates. Drug Court is a minimum 20-month...Read more
August 24, 2022
The Sarpy County Reentry Court held a graduation ceremony and celebration at the Sarpy County Courthouse in Papillion on July 18, 2022. They are proud to be able to honor the graduate, Brent Berg, through this demonstration of achievement. Judge Stefanie Martinez presided over the ceremony. Also present were Sarpy County Attorney Tyler Loontjer and Sarpy County Public Defender Christopher Lathrop. For Reentry Court graduates, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of...Read more
August 24, 2022
The “Distinguished Judge for Improvement of the Judicial System” and “Distinguished Judge for Service to the Community” awards are open for 2022 nominations. These awards are designed to recognize any type of project or activity that has a positive impact on the administration of justice, that is effective in addressing public needs and enhancing public trust and confidence in the justice system, and that will benefit present and future users of the Nebraska court system. Service to the...Read more
August 23, 2022
Each year, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services State Unit on Aging, AARP Nebraska, Legal Aid of Nebraska, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha Department of Gerontology host an Elder Justice Training. The all-day training focuses on current issues facing seniors in Nebraska and is live-streamed across the state. Continuing education credits are available for certain licenses and professions. Marla Fischer, JD, Deputy Director for the Office of Public Guardian, was invited to...Read more
August 23, 2022
Congressman Don Bacon stopped by the Douglas County Veterans Treatment Court outing on August 20, 2022, organized by the Veterans Treatment Court Mentors and Mentor Coordinator, Sheri Peterson. The event was hosted at an Omaha recreation center and included current Veteran Treatment Court participants, alumni, treatment team members, and participants’ families. The event was a relaxed, fun atmosphere that included swimming, food, and games. Pictured from left to right are Officer Eric Schult,...Read more
August 23, 2022
A large group of law students (205) sat for the Nebraska State Bar Exam on July 26 and 27, 2022. Supporting the biggest group of test-takers in recent years were 27 volunteers helping to check-in individuals and serve as test proctors. Testing was held at the Cornhusker Marriott in downtown Lincoln where nurses from the Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department screened examinees to ensure a safe test environment. The students who pass the Bar Exam will be sworn-in as lawyers on September 20th...Read more

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