Hon. Reggie L. Ryder

Hon. Reggie L. Ryder

Hon. Reggie L. Ryder

575 S. 10th Street
(402) 441-6930


2007 - present
Judge of the Separate Juvenile Court
Lancaster County
Presiding Judge, Separate Juvenile Court
Lancaster County


1998 - 2007
Public Defender’s Office, Lancaster County
Lincoln, NE
1997 - 1998
Private practice of law
Beatrice, NE


University of Nebraska College of Law, 1997 
Juris Doctorate - with distinction

University of Nebraska-Kearney, 1994
Bachelor of Science

Judicial/Law Related Activities

Professional Affiliations
Nebraska State Bar Association
Lincoln Bar Association
United States District Court, 8th Circuit

Nebraska State Bar/Local Attorney Association Committees 
Nebraska State Bar Foundation Nebraska High School Mock Trial Project, volunteer judge
Moot Court Competition, volunteer judge, 1999, 2000, 2002, & 2005

Nebraska Supreme Court Committees
Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee, 2019 - present
Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative, lead judge for Lancaster County, 2010 - 2012; 2019 - present (delinquency and status offense cases)
Committee on Problem-Solving Courts, 2019 - present
Commission on Children in the Courts, Education Subcommittee, 2016 - present
Host Judge, National Adoption Saturday Celebration, Lincoln/Lancaster County, 2008 - present
Automation Advisory Committee, member, 2008 - 2010

Nebraska Separate Juvenile Judges Association
President, 2009 - 2010; 2019-2020

Non-Nebraska Supreme Court Committees and Other Governmental Committees 
Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), lead judge for Lancaster County, 2018 - present
RFK National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice, lead judge for Lancaster County, 2018 - present
Nebraska Coalition for Juvenile Justice, governor-appointed member, 2006 - 2016
Lancaster County Run Response/Truancy Prevention Committee, 2005 - 2007
Lancaster County Juvenile Detention Center Advisory committee, 2004 - 2007
Lancaster County Juvenile Court Collaboration Project, 2002 - 2005

Community Activities    

Volunteer coach for YMCA & Junior SaltDogs baseball, 2005 - 2010
Volunteer coach for Lincoln Riptide softball, 2015-2016

Teaching & Publishing    

Speaker, "The View from the Bench," Nebraska State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, 2010
Speaker, "Children in Court," Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative, 2009            
CASA Trainer for new CASA's for Lancaster County, 2006 - present
Juvenile Jurisdiction: Introduction to Juvenile Courts and Overseeing 3A & 3B cases, New Judge Orientation training, 2019 - present

Revised October 2022