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September 26, 2018
The Nebraska Administrative Office of Probation commissioned the Law/Psychology Program at the University of Nebraska/Lincoln to conduct a process and outcome evaluation of the Specialized Substance Abuse Supervision (SSAS) Program. SSAS is a Nebraska Probation service initiated in order to decrease overcrowding within the Nebraska prison population by offering specialized programming to offenders with substance abuse disorders. The results of the analysis showed significant empirical evidence...Read more
September 26, 2018
Statewide Language Access Coordinator Jennifer Verhein and State Court Interpreter Coordinator Irma Watt celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month on September 21 at Northeast Community College in Norfolk. Representing the Supreme Court’s Language Access Program, Verhein and Watt introduced more than 50 Hispanic youth to the profession of court interpreting in a panel presentation at the Latino Youth Summit. Watt provided a description of the day-to-day work of court interpreters, and she demonstrated...Read more
September 21, 2018
With the release of the newly-updated strategic agenda, the Nebraska Judicial Branch announces the continuation of its six overarching goals for the years 2019 through 2021. Goals are: Goal 1: Providing Access to Swift, Fair Justice Goal 2: Protecting Children and Vulnerable Adults Goal 3: Addressing Community Safety Goal 4: Being Accountable to the Public Goal 5: Strengthening Communication with Citizens and Government Goal 6: Regulating the Legal Profession The report recognizes that the...Read more
September 17, 2018
The Nebraska Court of Appeals celebrated Constitution Day on the campus of York College on September 13, 2018. College and area high school students in attendance were reminded that the official Constitution Day is September 17. The Court of Appeals sat in their customary two panels in the Bartholomew Performing Arts Center with Judge Lawrence Welch, Jr., presiding in the morning and Judge David Arterburn presiding in the afternoon. Judge Arterburn is a graduate of York College. The evening...Read more
September 17, 2018
Biennial reports for Parenting Act Mediators will be accepted on the ODR’s Parenting Act Mediator Portal beginning October 1 st , 2018 through January 31 st , 2019.In order to be reapproved as a Parenting Act Mediator the following criteria must be met: Submission of biennial renewal form Mediation of at least two parenting plan cases in the past two years Eight CME hours: two DIPA/child abuse/unresolved parental conflict hours, one hour of ethics, and 5 general parenting mediation hours A...Read more
September 17, 2018
We are excited to announce the winners of our Administrative Office of Probation, Juvenile Services Division 3rd Annual Art Contest. We had so many more submissions this year that we chose three winners and the results were very close. The three winners will receive gift cards, a certificate and ribbon. In addition, the artwork is on display in the Juvenile Administration entry area on 5th floor of the Executive building. All contestants will receive a thank-you gift. All the pictures are...Read more
August 29, 2018
A swearing-in ceremony for Sara Fowler as Clerk Magistrate of Hall County Court was held August 28, 2018, in the courthouse in Grand Island, Nebraska. Judge Arthur Wetzel opened the ceremony and welcomed guests. Judge Alfred Corey administered the Clerk Magistrate oath of office. Both judges presented Fowler with her signed certificate of appointment. Fowler had been serving as assistant clerk when she was selected to serve as clerk magistrate. County court clerk magistrates work under the...Read more
August 22, 2018
Douglas County Juvenile Court judges enjoyed spending non-court time with children assigned to their court during the 9 th annual Kids and Judges Day on August 3, 2018. The judges answered questions, read stories, and took photos with the children. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Douglas County hosts the annual event at the Hall of Justice in downtown Omaha. This event, for foster parents and foster children, is a day filled with fun activities intended to help children feel more...Read more
August 14, 2018
Christine Christopherson has been named Director of Nebraska Judicial Branch Education (JBE), a position that oversees the coordination and delivery of educational offerings for all Judicial Branch employees and judges throughout the state. The hiring panel included JBE Advisory Committee members: Judge Riko Bishop, Chair; Judge John Colborn, Vice Chair; Judge Linda Bauer, committee member; and Corey Steel, State Court Administrator. In announcing the appointment Judge Bishop noted, “We are...Read more
August 13, 2018
The investiture ceremony of Judge John R. Freudenberg as a Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court representing the 6th Appellate Court Judicial District was held August 10, 2018, in the Warner Chamber of the Nebraska State Capitol. Chief Justice Mike Heavican served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event. Secretary of State John Gale presented Freudenberg with his Certificate of Appointment and Judge Matthew Acton, Lincoln, offered the judge’s Oath of Office. Both Judge Kale Burdick, O’Neill...Read more

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