The “Distinguished Judge for Improvement of the Judicial System” and “Distinguished Judge for Service to the Community” awards were established to publicly recognize members of the judiciary for meritorious projects and exemplary accomplishments that enhance the vision of justice within our communities.
These awards are designed to recognize any type of project or activity that has a positive impact on the administration of justice, that is effective in addressing public needs and enhancing public trust and confidence in the justice system, and that will benefit present and future users of the Nebraska court system.
- Service to the Community is for a judge who has distinguished himself or herself through performance of service to the community on a volunteer or professional level. Nomination Form.
- Improvement of the Judicial System is given to a judge who has distinguished himself or herself through contributions to the improvement of the judicial system; service as a trial judge; or promotion of judicial efficiency. Nomination Form.
Nominations are currently being accepted through August 15, 2015.
Previous winners of the “Distinguished Judge for Improvement of the Judicial System” include:
2013: Hon. Paul D. Merritt, Jr., District Judge, 3rd Judicial District
2012: Hon. Anne M. Paine, County Judge, 11th Judicial District
2011: Members of the Nebraska Court of Appeals
2010: Hon. Everett O. Inbody, Court of Appeals Chief Judge, 5th Appellate Court Judicial District
2009: Hon. Michael L. Offner, County Judge, 10th Judicial District
2008: Hon. Patrick G. Rogers, District Judge Madison County, 7th Judicial District
2007: Hon. Curtis L. Maschman, County Judge Richardson County, 1st Judicial District; and Hon. Patrick R. McDermott, County Judge Colfax County, 5th Judicial District
2006: Hon. John Gerrard, Supreme Court Justice, 3rd Appellate Court Judicial District
2005: Hon. Bernard J. McGinn, District Judge, Lancaster County, 3rd Judicial District
2004: Hon. Steven Timm, Gage County Judge
2003: Hon. John Icenogle, Buffalo County District Judge
2002: Hon. Karen B. Flowers, Lancaster County District Judge
2001: Hon. Alan L. Brodbeck, Holt County Judge
2000: Hon. F. A. Gossett, Dodge County District Judge
1999: Hon. Robert O. Hippe, Scotts Bluff County District Judge
Previous winners of the “Distinguished Judge for Service to the Community” are:
2013: Hon. Donna F. Taylor, County Judge, 7th Judicial District
2012: Hon. Laureen K. Van Norman, Workers’ Compensation Court Judge
2011: Hon. Susan M. Bazis, County Judge, 4th Judicial District
2010: Hon. James E. Doyle, IV, District Judge, 11th Judicial District
2009: Hon. Robert C. Wester, County Judge, 2nd Judicial District
2008: Hon. Paul W. Korslund, District Judge , Gage County, 1st Judicial District
2007: Hon. Todd J. Hutton, County Judge Sarpy County, 2nd Judicial District
2006: Hon. Lawrence D. Gendler, Separate Juvenile Court Judge, Sarpy County, 2nd Judicial District
2005: Hon. Richard D. Sievers, Court of Appeals Judge, 1st Appellate Court Judicial District; and Hon. Teresa K. Luther, District Judge Hall County, 9th Judicial District
2004: Hon. Linda Porter, Lancaster County Separate Juvenile Court Judge
2003: Hon. Wadie Thomas, Douglas County Separate Juvenile Court Judge
2002: Hon. William B. Cassel, Brown County District Judge, and
Hon. Robert R. Steinke, Platte County District Judge
2001: Hon. Douglas F. Johnson, Douglas County Separate Juvenile Court Judge
2000: Hon. Donald E. Rowlands, Lincoln County District Judge
1999: Hon. James M. Murphy, who retired from Douglas County District Court