Hon. Donald E. Rowlands

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Hon. Donald E. Rowlands


1986 - present
Judge of the District Court, 11th Judicial District
Arthur, Chase, Dawson, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Gosper, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker, Keith, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Perkins, Red Willow, & Thomas counties


1974 - 1986
Private practice of law
North Platte, NE


University of Nebraska College of Law, 1974
Juris Doctorate

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1971
Bachelor of Science

Judicial/Law Related Activities

Professional Affiliations
Nebraska State Bar Association
Lincoln County Bar Association, former president, 1980
Nebraska State Bar/Local Attorney Association Committees
Mentoring Committee, 1996 - 1999
Judiciary Committee, 1992 - 1999
Bench Bar Conference Committee, 1989 - 1999
Budget and Audit Committee, 1984 - 1986
Nebraska Supreme Court Committees
Judicial Ethics Committee
      Chairman, 2000 - 2002
      Member, 1995 - 2002
Language Access Committee, 1995 - 1996
Weighted Caseload Advisory Committee, 1995 - 1996
Audio in the Courtroom Advisory Committee, 1990 - 1992
Facsimile Advisory Committee, 1991 - 1992
Nebraska District Judges Association
     Former president, 2000 - 2001
Judicial Education Committee
      Chairman, 1990 - 1993
     Member, 1986 - 2011
Executive Committee, 1998-2004, 2011-2013

Community Activities

Nebraska High School Mock Trial Project, Nebraska State Bar Foundation, Volunteer judge
Lincoln County Leadership Program, 1994 - present
Dawson County Leadership Program, 1993 - 2001
Holy Spirit Catholic Church, parish council, 1983 – 1986
Western Nebraska Legal Services, former member Board of Directors, 1983 - 1986
Lincoln County Alcohol and Drug Education program, former chairman, 1975 - 1978

Honors and Awards

2000 Nebraska Supreme Court Outstanding Judge, for service to the community:
The highest honor given by the Chief Justice to recognize members of the judiciary for meritorious projects and exemplary accomplishments that enhance the vision of justice within Nebraska communities.

Nebraska Supreme Court Leadership in Education Award, 1993

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.

Teaching & Publishing

Author, "Handling Capital Cases," 2002
Author, "Civil Procedure," Judges' Benchbook, Chapter IX, 1994
Instructor, 'Civil Procedure for Newly Appointed Judges,' 1992 - present
Speaker/Coordinator of over 30 seminars on such diverse issues as Judicial Ethics, Search and Seizure, Family Law, Death Penalty, Cultural Diversity Awareness, Jury and Trial Management, current Issues, Comparative Negligence, Child Sexual Abuse, Free Press/Fair Trial, 1986 - present
Business Law Instructor, Mid Plains Community College, 1975 - 1977