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October 23, 2019
“Restorative Justice and Youth Offenders in Nebraska” is an article recently published in the Nebraska Law Review and co-authored by Professor Kristen Blankley, Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR) Advisory Council member, and Alisha Caldwell Jimenez, J.D., M.A., ODR’s Restorative Justice Program Analyst. The article provides an overview of the statewide initiative to provide restorative justice to youth offenders with services provided by the six ODR-approved mediation centers. The article...Read more
Probation officers
October 23, 2019
Nebraska State Probation officers officially sworn-in October 16, 2019 in the Capitol Rotunda by Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican. Deb Minardi, State Probation Administrator, addressed the 59 new officers, their families, and fellow probation employees noting that probation’s work is both complex and dynamic and presents a multitude of challenges on any given day in Nebraska, there are over 16,000 adults and over 2,000 juveniles under probation supervision. Probation officers...Read more
October 21, 2019
The Clerk Magistrates gathered together for their Fall Conference, September 18-20, 2019, at the Divots Conference Center in Norfolk. Approximately ninety-two clerk magistrates participated in this three-day event. State Court Administrator, Corey Steel, opened the conference expressing gratitude and admiration for the clerk magistrates who kept the courthouses running despite challenges the floods caused their counties. Professor Toni Jensen from Nebraska Wesleyan University led the group...Read more
October 21, 2019
The Nebraska Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation, the Division of Parole Supervision, and the Department of Correctional Services hosted the 2019 Annual International Association of Correctional Training Professionals Conference (IACTP) in Omaha, Nebraska, September 24 – 26, 2019. The annual conference is a unique forum that brings together correctional leaders, training managers, trainers, field instructors, consultants, and others interested in both effective corrections...Read more
October 17, 2019
Nebraska has a growing population of residents who speak limited English. When people who don’t speak English come in contact with Nebraska’s court system, they need an interpreter to help tell their story. Nebraska is working to train more interpreters to address the growing need. Listen to the story: Court Interpreter Training Program Addresses Growing Need Court Interpreter Training Program Addresses Growing Need http://netnebraska.org/article/news/1193069/court-interpreter-training-program-...Read more
October 17, 2019
Nebraska County Court Judge C. Matthew Samuelson, 6 th Judicial District, announced his retirement effective October 22, 2019. Samuelson has served on the county court bench for 20 years. He has held several volunteer positions within the Nebraska County Judges Association including service on the Judicial Education Committee, the Personnel and Budget Committee, and on the Association’s Executive Committee. The first step in replacing Samuelson will be for the Judicial Resources Commission to...Read more
Arguments at Concordia
September 30, 2019
In an auditorium overflowing with both high school and college students, the Court of Appeals opened their morning session at Concordia college with the case of “ In re Interest if Michael R ” from Scottsbluff. Court of Appeals judges listened to arguments along with Judge James Stecker, Judge C Jo Peterson, and members of the Seward County Court staff. Students from the college sat throughout the auditorium, among them were classes from Bellevue West, Seward and Centennial high schools. During...Read more
Judge Bishop
September 30, 2019
Recognizing Constitution Day, on Monday, September 9, with the Court of Appeals in Seward, NE involved a unique twist: A free continuing legal education event at Concordia University sponsored by the Nebraska State Bar Foundation and designed in conjunction with university faculty. The event focused on “ Meyer v. Nebraska ” and its ongoing relevance 100 years after the statute at issue was adopted by the Nebraska Legislature. The law, at the time, prohibited the teaching of grade school...Read more
September 24, 2019
Judicial Branch members traveled to Norfolk to announce the collaboration, a first-of-its-kind in the nation, between the state’s judicial branch and the Adult Education Division at Northeast Community College. Justice William Cassel and Judicial Branch Language Access Coordinator Jennifer Verhein helped lead an informational session on court interpreter training. The presentation in Norfolk was livestreamed to the college’s extended campus in South Sioux City. During his public remarks, Cassel...Read more
Award winners
September 18, 2019
The Court Improvement Project (CIP) held its tri-annual Children’s Summit on September 11-12, 2019, in Kearney. During the conference, CIP presented annual awards for judicial excellence, youth/family resiliency and Through the Eyes of the Child team excellence. Award for Judicial Leadership Judge Michael P. Burns was awarded the Michael Offner Memorial Award for Judicial Leadership , created in memory of the Honorable Michael Offner, 10th judicial district judge from 2001-2014. Judge Offner’s...Read more

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