Hon. Elizabeth G. Crnkovich

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Hon. Elizabeth G. Crnkovich


1995 - present 
Judge of the Separate Juvenile Court, Douglas County
2000 - 2011
Douglas County Juvenile Delinquency Drug Court
2007 - 2016

S.T.A.R Court


1985 - 1995 
Douglas County Attorney’s Office, Deputy County Attorney, Juvenile Division
Omaha, NE


Creighton University School of Law, 1983
Juris Doctorate

University of Nebraska-Omaha, 1980
Bachelor of Science

Judicial/Law Related Activities

Professional Affiliations
Nebraska State Bar Association
Omaha Bar Association
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Nebraska Separate Juvenile Court Judges Association
Robert M. Spire Inns of Court

Nebraska State Bar/Local Attorney Association Committees
Nebraska State Bar Association, Committee, Intermediate Court of Appeals
Nebraska State Bar Association/County Judges Association, Special Committee to Review the Juvenile Code

Nebraska Supreme Court Committees
Judicial Qualifications Committee, former member

Community Activities

School Absentee Diversion Programs: In 2010, to deal with an "emergency" high number of unexcused school absence court cases, Crnkovich spearheaded the creation of the voluntary Douglas County Truancy Diversion Court Program "to keep kids out of the court system and in the classroom." In 2013, the International Association for Truancy and Dropout Prevention awarded Douglas County's truancy program Program of the Year, in which Crnkovich played a pivotal role in creating a plan-of-action that offers children up to age 18 and their family support, resources and "compassionate coercion" to resolve excess absences.

GOALS (Greater Omaha Attendance and Learning Services Center): Exploring a remedy to absentee problems in Douglas and Sarpy Counties, Crnkovich collaborated with Learning Community Superintendents to establish GOALS. Lauding the center's achievements to ensure children attend school and receive an education, the U.S. Department of Education invited Crnkovich and others to speak about GOALS during a 2016 national conference in Washington D.C.

Kids & Judges Day Involvement: Judges, lawyers, psychiatrists and the like can intimidate a youth thrust into the foster care system. Since 2010, Crnkovich participates in "Kids and Judges Day," a special day in July each year at the Douglas County Courthouse designed to make it more comfortable for young ones. "Children involved in the court system, by no fault of their own, benefit from this positive meet and greet interaction." notes Crnkovich.

Adoption Day Participation: Crnkovich commits her time on a Saturday in November each year for National Adoption Day to raise awareness about the need for more foster and adoptive homes for children propelled into the Douglas County child welfare system.

Operation Youth Success (OYS): Crnkovich volunteers on numerous boards tapping into her formal work expertise. She took a leadership role with Operation Youth Success, a non-profit that brings together community stakeholders who carefully develop strategies on how to improve Douglas County's juvenile justice and child welfare systems, and decrease out-of-school student suspensions and expulsions. Programming developed and endorsed by the Washington, D.C-based National Center for Juvenile Justice Reform.

Midwest Council Boy Scouts of America, Board of Trustees

Downtown Rotary

Omaha Community Partnership

Metropolitan Child Abuse Coalition – Board of Directors (Recognized by this organization on several occasions for “Efforts on Behalf of Child in the State of Nebraska”)

Connections – Business Women’s Networking Association

Omaha World Affairs Council

Honors and Awards

Nebraska Sate 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.

​Mid America Council/Boys Scouts of Merit Award recipient

Metropolitan Child Abuse Coalition Board recognition for "Efforts on behalf of children in the state of Nebraska."

Nebraska Legislative Task Force commendation for creating multi-agency team to review child neglect/abuse cases, ascertain system failures & provide treatment recommendations for individual cases.

Seminar & Speaking Presentations at Hospitals

Immanuel Medical Center - Presented seminar entitled "Child Abuse - What Now?" - Educating medical professionals on how to identify abuse, reporting laws & procedures, 1989
Children’s Hospital Midwest Conference on Child Abuse -  For legal counsel, conducted Q & A panel discussion & participated in a mock trial, 1991

Speeches at Schools & University

Omaha Public Schools - Frequently-called upon speaker sharing how to detect child abuse/neglect, mandatory reporting and truancy laws. Audience: teachers, administrators, counselors & other staff, 1995 - present
Conference on Domestic Violence, University of Nebraska at Kearney - Presentation, 1996

Governmental Speeches

Omaha Police Department &/or Douglas County Sheriff - Seminar presenter: "Recruit Officer Training: Juvenile Law & Procedure", 1988-1994
Nebraska Department of Social Services - Speech presentation covering juvenile justice and child welfare procedure, 1995 - present

Non-Profit Organization Speeches

Midwest Childcare Association - Presentation to daycare workers, entitled "Identifying Child Abuse & Neglect. The Duty to Report", 1991
Nebraska Correctional Association Spring Conference - Featured speaker, topic entitled "Youth Violence", 1998
Nebraska Association of Legal Assistants - Presented "Philosophy of Juvenile Justice System, Adults vs. Juvenile", 1989
Foster Parent Leadership Conference - Keynote Speaker, shared ABC's of foster parenting, legal rights & responsibilities, 1997
Archdiocese of Omaha Social Ministry Commission - Presentation of "The County's Role in Juvenile Detention, 1993
The Consortium Inc. - Provided continuing education course to therapists: "Practical Realities: Abuse Cases & the Legal System", 1993
Omaha Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Program - Assisted youth law-enthusiasts who conducted a mock courtroom trial, 1995 - 2000
Coordinated Nebraska Bar Association Mock Trial Competitions for Douglas County -  2007 & 2008
League of Women Voters - Spoke to members about "Juvenile Detection", the system and how it works - 1992

Government Agency Participation

Douglas County Inter-Agency Collaboration Team
Douglas County Youth Center Advisory Board
Douglas County Juvenile Detention Task Force
Douglas County Multi-Disciplinary Treatment Team