Hon. Julie D. Smith

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4th & Broadway
P O Box 416
(402) 274-7955
(402) 335-6311

Hon. Julie D. Smith


District Court Judge, 1st Judicial District
Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline, and Thayer counties


General Counsel, Executive Staff Member, Appeals Board Member
Nebraska Department of Correctional Services
Johnson County Attorney
Deputy Johnson County Attorney
Johnson County Attorney's Office
Attorney at Law
Smith & Smith (partner)
Deputy Richardson County Attorney
Richardson County Attorney's Office
Attorney at Law
Nestor & Mercure


University of Kansas School of Law, 2004
Juris Doctor, Order of the Coif
Drake University, 2001
Bachelor of Science in Business Admisistration

Judicial/Law Related Activities

Judicial Branch Education Curriculum Committee, 2021-present
Judicial Branch Education Advisory Committee, 2021-present
Judicial Ethics Committee, 2021-present
Nebraska State Council of the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision, 2021-present
Nebraska Criminal Instruction Sub-Committee of the Committee on Practice and Procedure, 2020-present
Nebraska Judicial Needs Assessment Workgroup, 2019-present
Nebraska District Judges’ Association Education Committee, member, 2018-present

Professional Affiliations
Nebraska Bar Association Lifetime Fellow, 2018-present
Nebraska Violence Against Women Act Implementation Plan Review Team, 2016-2017
National Institute of Corrections Chief Legal Counsel Network, 2015-2017
Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Review Team Work Group, 2015-2017
Judge for High School Mock Trial competition, 2004-present
4-County Juvenile Justice Team chairperson, 2013-2015
National District Attorney's Association National Advocacy Center Instructor for Prosecutor's Boot Camp, Columbia, SC, 2012
Johnson County Drug Enforcement Fund Team chairperson, 2007-2015
Local Emergency Operations Plan team member and media liaison, 2007-2015
Through the Eyes of the Child team member, 2006-2015
Johnson County Child Abuse Investigatory and Treatment team member, 2004-2015. Chairperson 2007-2015

Honors and Awards

Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Challenge Coin Recipient, for the successful completion of the Sentence Calculation Software project, 2016
Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Association Award, 2008

Community Activities

Cook Rescue Squad, former President, Vice President, and Training Officer, 2005-present
Tecumseh Rescue Squad EMT, 2008-2015
Church Organist, Osage Church, 2007-present

Speaking Engagements

Guest Instruction on legal issues in Emergency Medical Services at various venues, including Southeast Community College and Community Memorial Hospital, 2007-2015
Guest lecturer on legal topics for the Red Hat Society, Cook Rescue Squad, Johnson County Central Schools and Men's Brotherhood, 2007-present
Updated February 2022