District 9

District 9

District Nine is comprised of Buffalo and Hall counties.

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

Sharon Mauler

Buffalo
P.O. Box 520
Kearney, Nebraska 68848
308-236-1246 308-236-1866 Website

Jennifer Poppen

Hall
111 West 1st Street
Suite 4
Grand Island, Nebraska 68801
308-385-5144 308-385-5110 Website
County Court
Clerk County Address Phone Fax Website

Sharmin Gonzales

Buffalo
P.O. Box 520
Kearney, Nebraska 68848
308-236-1229 308-236-1243 Website

Sara Fowler

Hall
111 West 1st Street
Suite #1
Grand Island, Nebraska 68801
308-385-5135 308-385-5138 Website
Judges
Judges
District Court
Hall
111 W First
Grand Island, NE 68801
Phone: (308) 385-5666
Fax: (308) 385-5669
Buffalo
P.O. Box 520
Kearney, NE 68848
Phone: (308) 236-1246
Fax: (308) 233-3693
Buffalo
P.O. Box 520
Kearney, NE 68848
Phone: (308) 236-1246
Fax: (308) 236-1246
Hall
111 West First
Grand Island, NE 68801
Phone: (308) 385-5770
Fax: (308) 385-5669
County Court
Hall
111 West 1st
Suite 1
Grand Island, NE 68802
Phone: (308) 385-5135
Fax: (308) 385-5138
Buffalo
P.O. Box 520
Kearney, NE 68848
Phone: (308) 236-1229
Fax: (308) 236-1243
Buffalo
P.O. Box 520
Kearney, NE 68848
Phone: (308) 236-1229
Fax: (308) 236-1243
Hall
111 W 1st, Suite 1
Grand Island, NE 68802
Phone: (308) 385-5135
Fax: (308) 385-5138
Probation Offices
Probation Offices

Connie Hultine
Chief Probation Officer
District 9

 

Probation Office (Home Office), Reporting Center
District: 9
Chief Probation Officer:
207 N. Pine Street
Grand Island, Nebraska 68801
Fax: (308) 385-6234
Phone: (308) 385-6216
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
1512 Central Avenue
Kearney
402-984-7805

Central Nebraska Adult Drug Court
111 W. First Street
Grand Island
​402-984-7805