Hon. Douglas F. Johnson

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Hon. Douglas F. Johnson


1994 - present 
Judge of the Separate Juvenile Court, 4th Judicial District
Douglas County


1991 - 1994
Douglas County Deputy
Omaha, NE

1987 - 1991
McGill, Parsonage & Lanphier, P.C., Omaha, NE

1978 - 1984
Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus, member


Creighton University School of Law, 1987
Juris Doctorate

Marquette University, 1983
Teacher’s Certificate - English

University of Nebraska-Omaha, 1976
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts

National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges Trainings,
Judicial/Lawyer Mediation, Office of Dispute Resolution, State of Nebraska

Judicial/Law Related Activities

Douglas County Unified Family Court Pilot, Co-chair, 2016
Supreme Court Probation Services Committee, 2015 - present
Operation Youth Success Steering Committee, 2014 - present
Robert F. Kennedy Dual Status Youth Practice Network, Co-chair, 2014-present
Inns of Court, Chair, Albert G. Schatz Pupilage, 2014-present
Parenting Act Subcommittee, 2014-present
Implementation of Impact from Infancy, Lead Judge, 2013-present
Judicial Branch Education Curriculum Committee, 2013-present
Judicial Branch Education Advisory Committee, 2013-present
Youth Impact! of Douglas County, Co-chair, 2012-present
National Center for Juvenile Justice, Board of Fellows, 2011
National CASA Board, 2009-2010
Participation in Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative, 2006-present
Established Zero To Five Family Drug Treatment Court, 2005
Governor’s Commission on the Protection of Children, 2004-present
Nebraska Supreme Court Commission on Children in the Courts, Co-Chair, 2004-present
Child Victims Act Model Courts Project, Lead Judge, 2002-2007
Nebraska Judicial Ethics Committee, 2000-2005, Vice Chair 2004-2005
Nebraska Supreme Court Technology Committee, 1999-2006
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Centennial Society, 1999
Nebraska Juvenile Judges Association, 1995 - present; President 1997-1998; President 2014-2016
Implementation of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for Douglas County, 1994
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, 1994-present
Permanency Planning for Children Advisory CommitteeChair, co-chair throughout the years, 2010 Core Committee member to enhance and update the Resource Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Child Abuse & Neglect Cases
Additionally, over the years, member or co-chair of Judicial Education Technical Assistance Committee, Substance Abuse Committee, Mental Health Committee; participation in various  projects, including Janiculum Project, Publication Development Committee for the Adoption and Permanency Guidelines : Improving Court Practice in Child Abuse
     Past Presidents Committee, 2011-present           
     Immediate Past President, 2010-2011               
     President, 2009-2010               
     President-Elect, 2008-2009               
     Vice President, 2007-2008               
     Treasurer, 2006-2007               
     Secretary, 2005-2006
     Audit and Finance Committee, 2005-2011               
     Membership Committee Chair, 2005-2006               
     Board of Trustees, 1997-2003               
American Judicature Society, 1994-present
Nebraska Court Improvement Project, 1994-present
Nebraska State Bar Association Juvenile Law Committee, 1994-2014 
American Bar Association, 1994-present
Omaha Bar Association, 1987-present;  President 2016-2017, President Elect 2015-2016, Executive Council 2014-2015
Omaha Bar Association Annual Walk Through the Courts Program: Juvenile Law speaker, 1987-present
Volunteer Coach and Judge at Mock Trial and Moot Court Competitions: Omaha grade schools, high schools and universities and colleges, Creighton University and Creighton University School of Law

Community Activities

Therapy team certification with my dog, Finnegan. Since 2012, Finnegan has come to court every day and provides comfort to children, parents, and professionals, 2014 - present
Safety and Health Council, Omaha Chapter:
   Secretary/Treasurer and Administrative Co-Chair of Board of Directors, 2005
   Chair of Court Services Committee and Executive Committee, 2002-2005
   Strengthening Neighborhoods for Children, Advisory Board, 2004-2005

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
     Board of Education President, 1998-2000   
     Chair, Executive Committee, 1998-2000   
     Board of Education, 1996-2000   
     Chair, Constitution, By-laws and Policy Committee, 1996-1998
     Career Day Presenter, 1995-2010   
     Cantor and Guitarist, 1991-2008   
     Meal Server at St. Vincent de Paul Shelter, 1991-2008   

Honors and Awards

Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, 2015
Membership in The Fellows is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Members are nominated by their peers and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.

Nebraska Humane Society: Friends Forever Tina Durham Service Award, Grateful Recognition to Finnegan, 2014

Recipients are not only loyal companions, they are noted for their extraordinary service to the community.

State of Nebraska recipient of the United States Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner’s Award from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, 2012

Omaha Bar Association Robert M. Spire Public Service Award, 2010

Creighton University 2010 School of Law Alumni Merit Award, 2010

Fellow of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation, 2008

Child Saving Institute, A. W. Clark Award, 2005

Class of Zero To Three’s Leaders for the 21st Century Fellowship Program, 2005 - 2007

Children’s Bureau / Tool Kit Project: Omaha selected as a project site regarding court performance measurement and judicial workload, Judge Johnson, facilitator, (via ABA Center on Children and the Law, National Center for State Courts, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau), 2004

Metropolitan Child Abuse Coalition Award for Individual Non-Member for Efforts on Behalf of Children in the State of Nebraska, 2004

Nebraska Supreme Court Award of Distinguished Judge for Service to the Community, 2001



Nebraska Young Child Institute, co-chair, 2016-present: 

Helping Babies from the Bench, 2008-2014: facilitated a series of multidisciplinary trainings focused on obtaining the best possible outcomes for infants and toddlers in the abuse and neglect court system.

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Child Abuse and Neglect Institute Co-Facilitator, Advisor, Trainer, 2004-present
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Trainer: Adoption Safe Families Act, Evidence, Testifying in Court, Role of the Judge, Stakeholder Collaboration, Resource Guidelines, Judicial Ethics, Birth to Five, Leadership, and other topics throughout the country, 1998-present
Trainer for judges, attorneys, foster parents, Guardian ad Litems, therapists, Child Protective Services, Foster Care Review Board, and others involved in Juvenile and Family Law – locally, statewide and nationally, 1994-present


Clinical Work with Traumatized Young Children:
Judge Douglas F. Johnson, Zero to Three Family Drug Treatment Court in CLINICAL WORK WITH TRAUMATIZED YOUNG CHILDREN 269-299 (Joy D. Osofsky ed. 2011)


National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Today Magazine:
The Role of the Judge: Convening Stakeholders for Facilitated Pre-Hearing Conferences in Abuse, Neglect and Dependency cases, 2009
Judicial Ethics and Demeanor, 2004

American Bar Association Practice & Policy Brief:
Healing the Youngest Children: Model Court-Community Partnerships, 2007

Creighton Lawyer
An Invitation to Success: Creighton Alumnus Douglas Johnson Helps Families Reunite with Zero to Five Family Drug Treatment Court, 2007

National CASA The Judges’ Page, 2003-present, including but not limited to:  

Judges Challenged to Support CASA Volunteers yet Maintain Neutrality, 2003

Judicial Ethics and ICWA, 2004

Recommended Modification to the Judicial Code of Ethics re: Extra-Judicial Activities, 2004

Judicial Ethics, Problem-Solving Courts, and the Judicial Response to Family Violence and Child Abuse, 2004

Judicial Ethics in Family Drug Treatment Courts, 2005

An Overview of NCJFCJ’s Draft Curriculum – Judicial Leadership and Ethics: Focused on Improved Outcomes in Dependency Cases, 2005

Reunification Efforts for Parents with Mental Health Problems: When Is It Reasonable to Stop Reasonable Efforts?, 2006

Parent-Child Visitation after Termination of Parental Rights, 2006

Ethics and Best Practices for Judges Involved in CASA/GAL Recruiting and training, 2006

Confidentiality in Child Protection Proceedings:Closed versus Open Hearings – Is there a better way?, 2007

Rights and Responsibilities of Foster Parents in the Courtroom, 2007

Babies Cry for Judicial Leadership: Reasonable efforts for Infants and Toddlers in Foster Care, 2007

Back to the Basics: Achieving Permanency for Infants and Toddlers Through the Resource Guidelines and Adoption and Permanency Guidelines, 2008

CASA for Douglas County and Zero to Three Family Drug Treatment Court, 2009

Helping Babies from the Bench in Nebraska: A State Cross-System Approach, 2012

One Way of Being a More Trauma-Responsive Court, 2015

The Daily Record, Annual Law Day Essay, 1995 - present