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December 17, 2019
Courts and communities across the state came together to host celebrations for National Adoption Month. This year, the judge-hosted events occurred in Gering, Hastings, Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, and Shelton. Most events involved the celebration of adoptions from several counties. The events featured family activities, games, and fun for everyone, some celebrations included the finalization of adoptions. Judge Wadie Thomas, Ret., who established Nebraska’s Adoption Saturday program...Read more
December 17, 2019
Nebraskans for Fair & Impartial Courts contacted all Nebraska judges via email on November 12, 2019, to offer their services to the judiciary. The group announced they are ready to respond to unwarranted criticism when called. Their stated purpose is to “publicly respond when our system of justice is challenged by unfair criticism of its constitutionally delegated responsibilities or which serves to inappropriately undermine its integrity, impartiality or fairness.” According to the email...Read more
December 16, 2019
The Clerks of the District Courts gathered for their annual winter conference December 10-12, 2019, at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney. This year, the conference kicked off a day early with passport training on Tuesday afternoon. The second day’s agenda included five speakers. Janet Wiechelman, Clerk of the Cedar County District Court opened the day by providing legislative updates to her fellow clerks. IT Application Analyst, Sue Nieto, presented on LB 505 and LB 532 changes, which...Read more
Bennett
December 16, 2019
Damon Bennett, a junior at Grand Island Northwest High School, is the winner of the second annual Student News Reporter Contest at the Judge Lyle Strom High School Mock Trial State Championship. The Mock Trial State Championship, coordinated by the Nebraska State Bar Foundation, took place Dec. 9-10 in Lincoln. The contest, in its second year, is an educational component of Nebraska’s High School Mock Trial Program. The contest was developed by the Nebraska State Bar Foundation’s Bench Media...Read more
December 16, 2019
Multiple Nebraska Problem-Solving Court teams successfully completed training between May and September 2019. Educational sessions were conducted by the National Drug Court Institute (NDCI) and Justice for Vets, including Veterans Treatment Court Planning Initiative (VTCPI) training, Adult Drug Court Planning Initiative (ADCPI) training, Operational Tune-Ups, and a Mentor Boot Camp. Through six separate training events, 137 team members and 20 judges completed 13 full days of training without...Read more
Mock trial team
December 16, 2019
Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Omaha placed first in the 2019 Judge Lyle Strom High School Mock Trial State Championship. The competition took place Monday and Tuesday at the Lancaster County Justice and Law Enforcement Center in Lincoln. Duchesne will represent Nebraska May 6-9 at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Evansville, Indiana. Members of the winning team are Juliana Angel, Sophie Geis, Raleigh Kreis, Sofia Martinez-Thibodeau, Joslyn Panzer, Dorothy Roland and...Read more
December 13, 2019
The Douglas County District Court Adult Drug Court held its 107th graduation ceremony and celebration on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. in the Legislative Chambers, 1819 Farnam Street, Omaha, Nebraska. There were 5 graduates receiving their dismissal/sealments. The average duration of this class’ stay was 28 months. Eight cases were dismissed. Presiding over the ceremony on December 11 th was Douglas County District Court Judge, Gary Randall. For the 5 Drug Court graduates, the...Read more
Ed Malk receiving award
November 25, 2019
Ed Malk, the Lancaster County Veterans Treatment Court Lead Mentor received an award from The Berry Law Firm. Wednesday, November 20 at the Lancaster County District Court the Berry Law Firm presented Mr. Malk with a $500 check for his volunteer work with the court. Ed is the lead mentor of a team consisting of 10 volunteer veteran mentors. Andrew Strotman, Berry Law’s General Counsel and a USMC Veteran presented the award. Berry Law firm accepted nominations for a 2019 ‘Reward a Veteran’ award...Read more
Supreme Court at South Sioux
November 21, 2019
Unique to the Supreme Court traveling argument session South Sioux City were a group of students who were notably nontraditional in nature: a group of adult learners working on their interpretation skills. The Court session, held November 1, 2019, is part of the Supreme Court Justice’s outreach and education programming, which generally attracts high school students, community dignitaries, and some members of the general public. The students who attended the South Sioux arguments are...Read more
Judge Miller
November 21, 2019
The Nebraska Consortium of Tribal, State, and Federal Courts , co-chaired by Judge Patrick Runge (Winnebago and Ponca Tribe Chief Judge) and Judge Andrea Miller (District 12) traveled to four locations around the state to engage in initial conversations with Nebraska’s Native American communities. Various Consortium members as well as Chief Justice Michael Heavican joined facilitators Ret. Judge Bill Thorne and Jenny Walter for sessions in Omaha, Niobrara, Macy and Winnebago in early November...Read more

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