District 10

District 10

District Court Ten and Probation District 10 are comprised of the following counties: Adams, Clay, Franklin, Harlan, Kearney, Nuckolls, Phelps, and Webster.

County Court Ten is comprised of the following counties: Adams, Clay, Fillmore, Franklin, Harlan, Kearney, Nuckolls, Phelps, and Webster.

Please note: Fillmore County is in the District Court 1st Judicial District. Please click here to be redirected.

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Court Clerks
Court Clerks
District Court
Clerk County Address Phone Fax Website

Amanda Bauer

Adams
500 West 4th Street
Room 200
Hastings, Nebraska 68901
402-461-7264 402-461-7269 Website

Joni Bitterman

Clay
111 W Fairfield St
Clay Center, Nebraska 68933
402-762-3595 402-762-3604 Website

Marcia Volk Schenker

Franklin
P.O. Box 146
Franklin, Nebraska 68939
308-425-6202 877-674-0141 Website

Janet Dietz

Harlan
P.O. Box 698
Alma, Nebraska 68920
308-928-2173 308-928-2079 Website

Jill Fritson

Kearney
P.O. Box 208
Minden, Nebraska 68959
308-832-1742 308-832-0636 Website

Royce Gonzales

Nuckolls
P.O. Box 362
Nelson, Nebraska 68961
402-225-4341 402-225-2373 Website

Jennifer Nelson

Phelps
P.O. Box 462
Holdrege, Nebraska 68949
308-995-2281 308-995-2282 Website

Liz Petsch

Webster
621 North Cedar
Red Cloud, Nebraska 68970
402-746-2716 402-746-2710 Website
County Court
Clerk County Address Phone Fax

Tom Hawes

Adams
P.O. Box 95
Hastings, Nebraska 68902
402-461-7143 402-461-7144

Julie Bergen

Clay
111 West Fairfield Street
Clay Center, Nebraska 68933
402-762-3651 402-762-3250

Cindy Carrigan

Fillmore
P.O. Box 66
Geneva, Nebraska 68361
402-759-3514 402-759-4440

Darcie Porter

Franklin
P.O. Box 174
Franklin, Nebraska 68939
308-425-6288 308-425-6289

Darcie Porter

Harlan
P.O. Box 379
Alma, Nebraska 68920
308-928-2179 308-928-2170

Laura Tobiassen

Kearney
P.O. Box 377
Minden, Nebraska 68959
308-832-2719 308-832-0636

Diane Wehrman

Nuckolls
P.O. Box 372
Nelson, Nebraska 68961
402-225-2371 402-225-2373

Darrie Streeter

Phelps
P.O. Box 255
Holdrege, Nebraska 68949
308-995-6561 308-995-6562

Jolene Duffy

Webster
621 North Cedar
Red Cloud, Nebraska 68970
402-746-2777 402-746-2771
Judges
Judges
District Court
Kearney
P.O. Box 208
Minden, NE 68959
Phone: (308) 832-1742
Fax: (308) 832-0636
Adams
500 West 4th Street, Room 200
Hastings, NE 68901
Phone: (402) 461-7264
Fax: (402) 461-7269
County Court
Adams
P.O. Box 95
Hastings, NE 68902
Phone: (402) 461-7143
Fax: (402) 461-7144
Phelps
P.O. Box 255
Holdrege, NE 68949
Phone: (308) 995-6561
Fax: (308) 995-6562
Adams
P.O. Box 95
Hastings, NE 68902
Phone: (402) 461-7143
Fax: (402) 461-7144
Probation Offices
Probation Offices

Joe Budnick
Chief Probation Officer
District 10

 

Probation Office (Home Office), Reporting Center
District: 10
Chief Probation Officer:
300 N. St. Joseph
Room 210
Hastings, Nebraska 68901
Fax: (402) 461-7226
Phone: (402) 461-7225
Public Guardians
Public Guardians

Public Guardian districts are distinct from judicial and probation districts. Please find the Associate Public Guardian serving your area below.

Office of Public Guardian Advisory Council

The Office of Public Guardian (OPG) is assisted by an Advisory Council, appointed by the Administrator of the Courts, to advise the Public Guardian on the administration of public guardianships and conservatorships.  Members of the Advisory Council, are comprised of individuals from a variety of disciplines, knowledgeable about guardianship and conservatorship, representative of the geographical and cultural diversity of the state, and reflect gender fairness.

Corey R. Steel

Corey R. Steel
Corey R. Steel

Corey R. Steel was appointed State Court Administrator on May 2, 2014, to oversee the administrative operations of the statewide court system. The State Court Administrator plans for statewide Judicial Branch needs, develops and promotes statewide administrative practices and procedures, oversees the operation of trial court programs and strategic initiatives, and serves as a liaison with other branches of government. Prior to his appointment, he served in the capacity of Deputy Probation Administrator for Juvenile Services.  He played an active role in providing information to the Legislature regarding juvenile justice reform and coordination of state wide juvenile probation services.  Throughout his employment, Steel has been heavily engaged in the transformation of Probation’s Juvenile Justice System. Serving in a leadership capacity, he was and remains involved in the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI), the Cross-Over Youth Practice Model, and the Juvenile Information Sharing Project. In addition to holding a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska – Kearney and a Master’s in Business Management from Doane College, he also holds two certifications from the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare and serves as an adjunct professor for Southeast Community College teaching Juvenile Justice, Criminal Justice, and Sociology.

Dianne DeLair

Dianne DeLair
Dianne DeLair

Dianne DeLair is the senior staff attorney with Disability Rights Nebraska, the designated Protection and Advocacy system for the state of Nebraska. Ms. DeLair’s practice is devoted entirely to address abuse, neglect, and discrimination based on disability. She has represented individuals with disabilities for over 17 years in state and federal court. She has also represented individuals in county court guardianship matters, and administrative appeals.

Judge Todd Hutton

Judge Todd Hutton
Judge Todd Hutton

Representing the County Judge role is Judge Todd Hutton, Omaha. Judge Hutton represents the 2nd Judicial District of Cass, Otoe & Sarpy counties in Nebraska. Todd Hutton attended the University of Miami where he received his Bachelor of Science. He then went on to further his education at the Creighton University School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate. He was sworn in to be a Sarpy County Court Judge in 1998. Prior to becoming a judge, Todd Hutton worked as a lawyer in the Omaha area for 8 years. Judge Hutton serves on many committees and organizations in the community. He currently is co-chair of the Nebraska Supreme Court Commission on Guardianships and Conservatorships.

Russ Leavitt

Russ Leavitt
Russ Leavitt

Russ Leavitt is among the original 11 members of the Public Guardian Advisory Council selected by the Supreme Court Administrator to assist and support the Public Guardian in the early, arduous process of implementing the law by creating policies and procedures, and filtering the many logistical issues as the Public Guardian and his staff, worked toward and achieved operational ability. As one of the At-Large members of the Council, he will be serving his second appointment. Russ also continues to serve on the Supreme Court Commission on Guardianship and Conservatorship, and serves on three subcommittees (Executive, Public Guardian and Protection of Vulnerable Adults) as part of this commission. Mr. Leavitt is a graduate of Creighton University, BSBA, with a Major in Accounting. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Finance and Technology and Co-owner at General Service Bureau and Early Out Services, Omaha NE.

Lisa Line

Lisa Line
Lisa Line

Lisa Line is a partner with Brodkey, Peebles, Belmont and Line in Omaha. Ms. Line’s primary areas of practice includes Probate, Estate, and Trust Planning and Administration; and Administrative Law, including Social Security Disability, Medicare and Medicaid. She assists families through estate planning and asset transfer issues; works with families during the probate or trust administration process; acts as a Court appointed Special Administrator, Guardian ad Litem, or Guardian/Conservator in probate, trust or guardianship/conservatorship actions; represents individuals in the legal process to determine entitlement for benefits; works with families of individuals with disabilities through the estate planning process, which includes both third party special needs trusts and self-settled special needs trusts; and advises Bank Trustees in the administration of special needs trusts, approval of expenditures and reporting to various agencies.

Julie Masters, PhD

Julie Masters, PhD
Julie Masters, PhD

Julie Masters, PhD, is professor and chair of the department of Gerontology at the University of Nebraska Omaha. She also is the Terry Haney Chair of Gerontology. Dr. Masters teaches courses on death and dying on the Omaha and Lincoln campuses. In addition, she oversees the activities of the department on the Omaha, Lincoln and online campuses. In addition to her research on end of life planning, Dr. Masters conducts research on healthy aging, caregiving and aging inmates.

Amanda Duffy Randall

Amanda Duffy Randall
Amanda Duffy Randall

Amanda Duffy Randall received her BA from Michigan State University, her MSW from the University of Nebraska Omaha, and her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology. She is an associate professor in the School of Social Work, and teaches clinical research and practice courses in the graduate program. She is the past president of the Association of Social Work Boards, the North American regulatory organization for social work licensure, and chaired the Nebraska Board of Mental Health Practice. Dr. Randall currently serves on the board of the Office of Public Guardian of the Nebraska Supreme Court, and consults with Joint Base Command San Antonio, providing training on the Department of Defense regulations on transgender service and family members. Dr. Randall is a member of the Professional Transgender Resource Network, and on the Executive Board of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska.

Kevin Ruser

Kevin Ruser
Kevin Ruser

Kevin Ruser is the Director of Clinical Programs at the College of Law and teaches in the Civil Clinic and the Immigration Clinic. He also co-administers the Litigation Skills Program of Concentrated Study. He is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Clinical Section of the Association of American Law Schools, and the Clinical Legal Educators Association. Mr. Ruser began his role on the Advisory Council for the Office of Public Guardian in January 2016. He is currently a member of the Nebraska Supreme Court Self-Represented Litigants Committee and has been a member of the Robert Van Pelt American Inn of Court. He also serves on the boards of directors of various non-profit corporations.

Darla Schiefelbein

Darla Schiefelbein
Darla Schiefelbein

Darla Schiefelbein, Clerk Magistrate, Platte County Court represents an At Large Member of the Advisory Council. She graduated from Wayne State College in 1981, with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Services Counseling and Sociology. Ms. Schiefelbein began employment with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services from 1981-1994 working in several caseload areas: Food Stamps, Aid to Dependent Children, Aid to the Aged, Blind and Disabled and preparing home studies for Adoption and Foster Care. She was appointed as Clerk Magistrate of the Platte County Court in 1994 until the present. Ms. Schiefelbein supervises six staff in the court and is responsible for the court caseload and progression. She also audits Guardian/Conservator cases for Sarpy and Hall Counties. Ms. Schiefelbein was appointed to the Nebraska Supreme Court Commission on Guardianships and Conservatorships in 2012. In 2013 she was selected to be one of three Guardian/Conservator Specialists for the state; serving as a resource for county court staff in Nebraska. The goals of the specialists are to work to insure uniformity among the courts and to improve process and forms used for Guardianships and Conservatorships.

Beth Baxter

Beth Baxter
Beth Baxter

Bio coming soon!

Michelle J. Chaffee

Michelle J. Chaffee
Michelle J. Chaffee

The Supreme Court Administrator is responsible for appointing a director of the OPG known as the Public Guardian. The Public Guardian shall be an attorney hired based on a broad knowledge of human development, intellectual disabilities, sociology, and psychology and shall have business acuity and experience in public education and volunteer recruitment.

The Supreme Court Administrator, with the confirmation by Nebraska Supreme Court, appointed Michelle J. Chaffee as Public Guardian in December 2014. Previous to appointment as Public Guardian, Ms. Chaffee was Legal Counsel for the Health and Human Services Committee at the Nebraska Legislature. As Legal Counsel for the Health and Human Services Committee she was involved in multiple issues involving social services including long term care, Medicaid, health care, developmental disabilities, behavioral health, legal processes and procedures and licensure. She worked with a wide array of professionals including state, local and county officials, the judiciary, County attorneys, private attorneys, provider networks, facility administrators, caregivers, social service advocates, as well as the individuals who depend on Nebraska social services to provide care and support- children, juveniles, individuals with disabilities, and the elderly. As Legal Counsel she supported the Health and Human Services Committee and Chairs, Senators Tim Gay and Kathy Campbell, as they designed policies and programs to serve vulnerable citizens of Nebraska.

Prior to the Legislature, Ms. Chaffee spent ten years in higher education administration. In addition to her experiences as Legal Counsel to the Health and Human Services Committee and in higher education administration, Ms. Chaffee practiced law and utilized her law degree in a variety of different state governmental agencies. She served in the Nebraska Legislature as Legislative Aide to Senators Gene Tyson and Mike Avery. During law school she interned for the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office, in the Child Protection and Drug Enforcement Division. Additionally, as a Senior Law Clerk, she researched pre-trial diversion guidelines for the Office of Juvenile Services in the Nebraska Crime Commission. Upon graduation from UNL College of Law, Ms. Chaffee served as an attorney at Legal Aid, focusing on representing the needs of indigent individuals in civil court. As an attorney in private practice, she specialized as a Guardian ad Litem representing the needs of abused and neglected children in Juvenile Court.  Prior to attending law school, Ms. Chaffee served for a number of years as a 7-12th grade English and History teacher in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Texas.

Marla Fischer-Lempke

Marla Fischer-Lempke
Marla Fischer-Lempke

The Deputy Public Guardian, Marla Fischer-Lempke, was hired in January 2015. Ms. Fischer-Lempke received her Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska, College of Law in 2004 and was licensed to practice law in Nebraska that same year. Since that time, she has held several positions and years of experience in advocating for and with people with disabilities and their families. Prior to coming to the Office of Public Guardian, Marla served as an Assistant Ombudsman with the Nebraska Office of Public Counsel where she addressed concerns of Nebraskans who experienced individual and systemic difficulties with programs administered by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Before Marla was with the Office of Public Counsel, she was the Executive Director for The Arc of Nebraska for five years. In this position, she provided support to thirteen local Arc chapters across Nebraska; provided advocacy in written and verbal testimony on proposed legislation within the Nebraska Unicameral in collaboration with other disability organizations; and provided information, ideas on problem solving, and action on statewide issues affecting the lives of people with developmental disabilities. In 2012, Marla joined the Nebraska Supreme Court Commission on Guardianships and Conservatorships. Marla was also the Public Information Attorney with Disability Rights Nebraska for four years, where she gained experience in developing informational materials for people with disabilities, family members, and interested citizens. She also provided several successful trainings on various topics pertinent to the lives of people with disabilities. She is experienced in the areas of individual and systems level advocacy and has successfully collaborated with other organizations and agencies on many occasions.

Problem-Solving Courts
Problem-Solving Courts

Central Nebraska Adult Drug Court
500 W. 4th Street
Hastings
​402-984-7805