Hon. Shellie D. Sabata

Hon. Shellie D. Sabata

Hon. Shellie D. Sabata

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


Judge of the Separate Juvenile Court
Lancaster County


Lancaster County Attorney’s Office, Deputy County Attorney
Lincoln, NE

Concordia University – Nebraska, Adjunct Professor
Seward, NE

Kaplan University (Purdue University Global), Adjunct Professor
Lincoln, NE

Lancaster County Attorney’s Office, Law Clerk
Lincoln, NE

Pierson, Fitchett, Hunzeker, Blake & Loftis, Legal Assistant
Lincoln, NE


University of Nebraska – College of Law, 1995-1998
Juris Doctorate

Chicago Loyola School of Law; Rome, Italy Campus, Summer 1996
Classes towards Juris Doctorate

Doane College, 1992-1995
B.A. in Public Administration, Cum Laude

Lincoln School of Commerce (now Purdue University Global), 1989-1991
Associate Degree in Legal Assisting, Highest Distinction

Judicial / Law Related Activities

Professional Affiliations
Nebraska Bar Association, 1998 – Present
Lincoln Bar Association, 1998 – Present
American Bar Association, 1995 – Present
Nebraska Supreme Court LB354 Committees and Commissions Implementation Workgroup, 2019
UNL College of Law Children’s Justice Clinic, Presenter on Juvenile Court Issues, 2017 – Present
Nebraska Supreme Court “Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative”, 2012 – Present
Lancaster County Juvenile Drug Treatment Court (delinquency docket) – Team Member/County Attorney. Representative, 2009 – Present
Lancaster County Family Drug Court (abuse/neglect docket) – Team Member/County Attorney Representative, 2005 – Present

Community Activities

Foster Care Closet Volunteer/(Pending) Board Member, Present
Jenda Family Services on Providing Expert Testimony in Court, Presenter, 2018 – Present
HopeLNK Lancaster County Attorney Representative, Co-chair of Leadership Team & Full Coalition, 2016 – Present
Lincoln Public Schools, Presenter on Legal Updates on Attendance Issues, 2004 – Present
Lincoln Public Schools Truancy Diversion Program/Truancy Court, Team Member, 2004 – Present
Lancaster County Child Abuse Investigation Team Member, 2001 – Present
Foster Care Parent Training Seminars, Panel Presenter, varying years
Lincoln Police Department Training Academy, Presenter on Juvenile Court Practices and Procedures, varying years
Lincoln Public Schools Multi-Agency Response Teams, County Attorney Liaison, varying years
CASA for Lancaster County, Court-appointed Special Advocate Trainings, Presenter, varying years

Honors and Awards:

CALI Award of Excellence for Topics in Law and Psychology – UNL College of Law, 1998
Outstanding Graduate in Public Administration – Doane College, 1995