Hon. James M. Masteller

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1701 Farnam Street
(402) 444-7011
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Hon. James M. Masteller


2018 - present
Judge of the District Court, 4th Judicial District
Douglas County


Deputy County Attorney, Douglas County Attorney’s Office
Omaha, NE

Judicial Law Clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Thomas M. Shanahan, District of Nebraska
Omaha, NE


University of Chicago Law School, 1999
Juris Doctorate
Creighton University, 1995
Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude

Judicial/Law Related Professional Activities

Professional Affiliations

Nebraska State Bar Association
Omaha Bar Association

Nebraska Supreme Court Commissions/Committees

Continuity; Personnel and Education Committee Member
Court Rules Committee Member
Criminal Justice Council Committee Member
Conciliation Mediation; Referee/Child Support; Child Support Enforcement; and Referees/Protections Orders Committee Member
Legislation Committee Member

Nebraska District Judges Association
Court Reporters Committee, Member

Speeches & Publications

Panelist, “Twelve Angry Jurors.” College of St. Mary, 2019

Presenter, “Shot in the Dark: The Cari Farver Cold Case Homicide.” Nebraska County Attorneys  Association, Fall 2018

Presenter, “Arrest Warrant Execution.” Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, 2017

Presenter, “The Fourth Amendment.”  Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, 2016

Presenter, “Motions to Transfer To and From Juvenile Court; A Balancing Act.” Nebraska County Attorneys Association, Fall 2016

Panelist, “Politics in Action; A Panel Discussion.” Creighton University’s Political Science Honor Society, 2015

Presenter, “Cellular Telephones and the Fourth Amendment.” Omaha Police Department, 2014

Presenter, “White-Collar Crime.” Eastern Nebraska Anti-Fraud Association, 2013

Presenter, “White-Collar Crime.” Heartland Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, 2012

Honors and Awards

Criminal Justice Award, Nebraska County Attorneys Association, 2014
Richard C. Spillane, S.J. Award for Contributions to Civic Life and for Academic Excellence, Creighton University Political Science Department, 1995
Eagle Scout, Boys Scouts of America