Hon. James J. Orr

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Hon. James J. Orr


2008 - present 
Judge of the County Court, 8th Judicial District
Blaine, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Holt, Howard, Keya Paha, Loup, Rock, Sherman, Valley, & Wheeler counties
2010 - 2014, 2016
Presiding Judge of the 8th Judicial District, County Court
North Central Adult Drug Court, Cherry County


1993 - 2008
Public Defender, Custer County
Broken Bow, NE
1991 - 2008
Private practice of law
Broken Bow, NE
1990 - 1991
Western Nebraska Legal Services, managing attorney
North Platte, NE
1988 - 1990
Western Nebraska Legal Services, staff attorney
Scottsbluff, NE


University of Nebraska College of Law, 1988
Juris Doctorate
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1985
Bachelor of Arts

Judicial/Law Related Activities

Professional Affiliations
Nebraska State Bar Association
Nebraska Supreme Court Committees
Lead Judge, District 8 Team 1, Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative
Commission on Children in the Courts, 2010

Teaching & Publishing

Team representative/presenter, Seminar on Improving Rural Courts, 2009