Judge Alan Brodbeck and his ‘Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative’ team was honored during the Nebraska Children’s Summit in Kearney for having the quickest timeframe for processing children’s court cases, beginning with the first hearing through the closing of the case. The Most Timely Court Progression Award, presented by Children’s Commission Chairman Judge Everett Inbody during the opening session on August 27, was a surprise to the team, eleven of whom were in attendance at the Children’s Summit.
In his opening remarks, Judge Inbody stated, “Because the Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative is predicated on teams, it is the team effort that we would like to recognize.”
Judge Brodbeck’s team in the Boyd, Holt, Valley and Wheeler County area, has an average time of 19 days to the initial hearing, and 34 days to trial. The average time of case closure is eight months.
In accepting the award on behalf of the team, Judge Brodbeck related that the success the team has realized is the result of a group of people working together to help provide safety to children at risk. “While team members maintained their respective roles in representing their individual clients, as a group they realized the only way to achieve everyone's primary goal of ensuring the best interests of the children in our court was through a collaboration of their efforts,” said Brodbeck.
The Children's Summit, held August 27 -29, 2012, is a statewide conference sponsored by the Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative and the Nebraska Supreme Court. Attendees spent over two days focusing on improving the welfare of children in the court system. There were 50 judges, 100 attorneys, 100 Health and Human Service System staffers, Court Appointed Special Advocates, probation officers, mental health professionals and others interested in the wellbeing of children in Nebraska attending the conference.
Judge Brodbeck’s team was awarded a $500 Micro-grant to apply toward a court project of the team’s choice.
Photo: Wheeler County area for the 2012 Most Timely Court Progression Award from the Nebraska Supreme Court Children's Commission. Pictured (Back Row, L to R): Sally Davis, Rodney Smith, Ashley Boettcher, Forrest Peetz, Amy Shane, Steve Brewster, Pam Charf, Camille Ohri. (Front Row) Thomas Herzog, Judge Alan Brodbeck, Brent Kelly. Not pictured: Jackie Meyer.