Hon. Jodi L. Nelson

Hon. Jodi L. Nelson

Hon. Jodi L. Nelson

Lancaster District Court
575 S 10th Street
(402) 441-6190


2006 - present
Judge of the District Court, 3rd Judicial District
Lancaster County


1999 - 2006
Chief Deputy, Juvenile Division
1989 - 1999
Lancaster County Attorney’s Office, Deputy County Attorney
Lincoln, NE

1987 - 1989
Private practice of law
Lincoln, NE


University of Nebraska College of Law, 1987 
Juris Doctorate

Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1984              
Bachelor of Science

Judicial/Law Related Activities                            

Professional Affiliations
Nebraska State Bar Association
Lincoln Bar Association
Nebraska State Bar Foundation
National Association of Drug Court Professionals
Robert Van Pelt American Inns of Court
Nebraska District Judges Association, 2006 to present
National District Attorneys Association, 1989-2005
Nebraska County Attorneys Association
Board of Directors, 2002 - 2005

Nebraska Supreme Court Committees
Committee on Problem Solving Courts
Forms Committee for Nebraska Trial Courts
        District Court Trial Court Forms Committee
        District Court Procedures Manual Committee
Case Management Committees for Nebraska Trial Courts
        District Court Committee, 2009 - present
Evidence-Based Practices Committee, 2008 - present
Commission on Children in the Courts, 2004 - present
Gender Fairness Implementation Committee, 1999 (as an attorney) - present
Lancaster County Court Improvement Project

Nebraska District Judges Association

Bench Book Committee

Prior Community Activities

Developed SMART (School Multi-Agency Response Teams) with LPS, Juvenile Probation, & Lincoln Police Dept.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program
         Training resource
Lincoln Child Advocacy Center
Planning Sub-Committee and Task Force
Court School Planning & Implementation Committee
Lancaster County Child Abuse Investigation Team, chairperson, 2003 - 2006
Lancaster County Child Abuse Treatment Team, chair, 2003 - 2006
CenterPointe, Inc, 1992 - 2002
       Board of Directors, 1994 - 2002
       President, 2000 - 2002
       Secretary, 1994 - 1998
Alpha Gamma Delta, Beta Alpha Chapter, NE Wesleyan University
House Association Board, 2000 - 2006
House Association President, 2000 - 2002
House Association Vice-President, 2002 - 2004
Lancaster County Domestic Violence Coalition, chair,1993 - 1994
Lancaster County Justice Council
Lancaster County Truancy Task Force
Juvenile Justice Review Committee
Comprehensive Juvenile Services Plan, Strategic Planning Team, 1992 - 1994
Lancaster County Pre-trial Diversion Steering Committee
Nebraska Crime Commission, Violence Against Women Act
         Advisory Committee
Family Violence Council
Governor’s Work Group on Managing Sex Offenders
Lancaster County Juvenile Assessment Center Planning Committee
Juvenile Drug Court Planning Committee
Juvenile Drug Court implementation Committee
YMCA Youth Sports, girls basketball team coach

Honors and Awards         

Nebraska State Bar Foundation Fellow:

Selection to become a Fellow in the Nebraska State Bar Foundation is based on the integrity and character of the lawyer/judge. The Foundation recognizes established legal professionals who are dedicated to improving the administration of justice. Fellows are accredited by colleagues as leaders of the legal profession who contribute to the charitable and community education works of Foundation. 2003

Above and Beyond Award, Lincoln Child Advocacy Center, 2004
Builder Award, CenterPointe, Inc.,  2002
Conservationist of the Year, awarded by the Nebraska Conservation Officers Association, 1998


Teaching & Publishing    

Speaker, Governor’s Task Force on Children, 2004
Adjunct Professor, Nebraska Wesleyan University, 2007 to present
Adjunct Instructor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Business, 1999 - 2006   
Instructor, Paralegal Studies, Lincoln School of Commerce,1988 - 1989