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Veterans court team
April 22, 2021
The Lancaster County Veterans Treatment Court in Lincoln honored graduate Chad “Kale” Street on March 30, 2021. Family, friends, local community members, local veterans, and other participants observed via Zoom and in person. The ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive mental health treatment, intensive community supervision, and full accountability for the graduate. Veterans Treatment Court Judge Robert Otte presided over the ceremony. In an interview with 10/11...Read more
Media badges
April 21, 2021
The 2021 renewal of Nebraska court media credentials includes a multiple-choice review of new and sometimes confusing/problematic rules. The Supreme Court recently updated the media rules for cameras in the courtroom, requiring court media credentials to be renewed every two years. Taking the opportunity to update news reporters’ knowledge of rules and rule amendments, credentialing has devised a series of questions to be answered before new media badges are issued. If reporters do not renew...Read more
April 20, 2021
One positive outcome of the need for alternative operations in courthouses during COVID-19 has been a marked increase in the number of cases filed electronically by county and city attorneys. Criminal case filings have long been surpassed in the eFiling system by civil case filings, but this has changed starting in March of 2020. Electronic filing of criminal case complaints vs. traditional over-the-counter paper filing has steadily increased. Over the last 12 months, criminal cases are now on...Read more
Heroes award
April 15, 2021
Morgan Farrell has all the qualities of an ideal supervisor. She makes sound decisions in stressful situations and possesses leadership qualities that are respected by both probationers and officers. Morgan’s open-door policy creates an environment where officers and staff feel comfortable talking, and she always follows through with promises made. Her upbeat, positive personality makes her a welcome part of any team. Morgan, thank you for your hard work and dedication. You’re a fantastic...Read more
Heroes award
April 8, 2021
Stepping up is not unusual in the Office of Public Guardian, but Administrative Case Aides, Sarah Herrera, and Shelly Ging went far beyond expectations. Sarah took on the full-time role of Financial Operations Manager; overseeing the ward’s finances, budgets, payments, and receipts ensuring the OPG fiduciary responsibilities were met. Shelly took over all Case Aide responsibilities for Associate Public Guardian wards across the state, ensuring documents, benefit applications, placements, and...Read more
April 7, 2021
The Annual Spring Probation Management Conference, held March 30 through April 1, included probation managers from around the state and the Administrative Office. With a particular emphasis on leadership, the conference headlined “Leaders Lead with Excellence.” “The transition to a virtual platform this year was a challenge, but like so many other challenges we have overcome as a branch, the 2021 Probation Management Meeting was a successful endeavor! We are excited to continue with a focus on...Read more
April 7, 2021
With over 100 Creighton Law students in a Zoom waiting room, Law School Professor Carol Knoepfler, a former Supreme Court Law Clerk, quickly organized the Nebraska Supreme Court’s justices into an online panel. The Zoom question and answer session with Creighton law students substituted for their annual in-person session held each Spring. Students were required to watch previously selected live-streamed arguments to prepare for a discussion with justices over the noon hour on Thursday, April 1...Read more
Heroes award
April 1, 2021
Working ‘smarter’ became the mission of the District 4A Drug Tech Team as soon as the pandemic hit Omaha. The team, who have reported each and every day to the office, made significant adjustments in drug testing in order to maintain safety and efficiency. Dan Sedlacek and Kathleen Johnson, Substance Use Monitors; along with Drug Technicians, Sheryl Lindstrom, Eric Digny, Bethany Milledge, Eric Franco, Eduardo Montes, and Scott Brooks completely revamped the assignment of random numbers keeping...Read more
March 29, 2021
The Douglas County Young Adult Court celebrated graduation in Omaha on March 24, 2021, at the Criminal Justice Center in Omaha. For the graduates Jada, Miguel, Jaylen, and Carson, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive mental health treatment, intensive community supervision, and full accountability. Judge Shelly Stratman presided over the event. Young Adult Court is a judicially supervised program that provides a sentencing alternative for youthful offenders...Read more
March 26, 2021
New County Court Judge, Lynelle Homolka, took her oath of office March 19, 2021, in the Hamilton County Courthouse in Aurora. Homolka began her judicial duties immediately. Photo from Aurora News-Register Read full article in the Aurora News-Register: Homolka dons robe as new judgeRead more

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