Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Problem-Solving Courts

Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Problem-Solving Courts

Origin/Authorization: Consultation Minutes of December 20, 2000

Name of committee amended as of February 27, 2008

Terms: All appointments to be at the pleasure of the court.

Purpose Statement: The purpose of the committee will be to evaluate the feasibility of implementing "drug courts" or other similar "community courts" in Nebraska. The committee will advise the Supreme Court as to whether such courts would have a positive effect on the administration of justice in the State and, if so, to provide the Court with recommendations as to the structure and integration of such courts into our judicial system.


Name Representation Appointment Date
Hon. James E. Doyle IV Chair, District Court, 11th Judicial District 2/13/08
Hon. Michael G. Heavican, Chief Justice Ex Officio, Nebraska Supreme Court 2/13/08
Hon. Jeffrey Funke Ex Officio, Nebraska Supreme Court 10/24/18
Hon. Jodi L. Nelson District Court, 3rd Judicial District 11/27/13
Hon. Geoffrey Hall District Court, 6th Judicial District 11/21/18
Hon. Leo P. Dobrovolny District Court, 12th Judicial District 10/26/11
Hon. Derek R. Vaughn County Court, 4th Judicial District 10/26/11
Hon. Roger Heideman Separate Juvenile Court, Lancaster County 11/21/18
VACANT Separate Juvenile Court, Sarpy County  
Patrick Condon County Attorneys Association, Lancaster County Attorney 10/10/18
Joseph Nigro Public Defender, Lancaster County 10/26/11
Webb Bancroft Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, Lancaster County Public Defender 10/28/15
Hon. Timothy Burns At-Large Member, District Court, 4th Judicial District 10/21/20
Hon. Michael E. Piccolo At-Large Member, District Court, 12th Judicial District 10/26/11
Creston Ashburn At-Large Member, Drug Court Coordinator, Sarpy County 8/27/08
VACANT At-Large Member, Program Director, Rehabilitative Services  
Kelli Wood At-Large Member, Judicial Branch Education 10/21/20
Richard Wiener, Ph.D. At-Large Member, University of Nebraska, Legal Decision Making Research Lab 11/21/18
Sgt. Harley Amy At-Large Member, Buffalo County Sheriff's Department 11/21/18
Reginald Young At-Large Member, Attorney, Omaha 3/28/12
Brenda Mueller At-Large Member, Executive Director, Houses of Hope of Nebraska 10/26/11
John Day At-Large Member 11/21/18
Patty Lyons Chief Probation Officer, 6th Judicial District 5/06/20
Damon Strong Chief Probation Officer, 4th Judicial District 10/21/20
Adam Jorgensen State-wide Problem Solving Court Director 12/1/16
Corey R. Steel Court Administrator, Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation 6/11/14
Deborah Minardi Probation Administrator, Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation 5/15/19
Robert Denton Deputy Probation Administrator for Community Corrections Programs and Field Services 10/7/20