Media Releases

Media Releases

June 6, 2016
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold a public meeting pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 24-1204 to determine, based on the judicial workload statistics, whether a judicial vacancy exists in the office of district court of the Third Judicial District, due to the retirement of the Honorable Steven D. Burns, effective May 31, 2016, and make a recommendation to the Supreme Court as to the primary place of office of said vacancy. The public meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 20, 2016, at 10:00...Read more
May 25, 2016
Kearney – Serving youth and families involved in the juvenile justice system better is the goal of a collaboration by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Administrative Office of Probation, said two presenters last week at the Nebraska Juvenile Justice Association Conference in Kearney. Lindy Bryceson, Children and Family Services (CFS) field operation administrator at DHHS, and Kari Rumbaugh, Probation assistant deputy administrator, explained their specific roles in...Read more
May 12, 2016
LINCOLN – David J. A. Bargen, Adams; Daniel E. Bryan, Auburn; Michael P. Burns, Sutton; Jeffrey J. Funke, Nebraska City; Michael E. Sullivan, Hastings; Bradley J. White, Omaha; and Mark J. Young, Grand Island, have submitted applications for appointment as Supreme Court Judge in the 5th Judicial District. The vacancy is due to retirement of Judge William M. Connolly. The public hearing of the Judicial Nominating Commission will be held in the District Courtroom at the York County Courthouse,...Read more
May 6, 2016
LINCOLN – Elizabeth D. Elliott, Firth; Thomas J. Klein, Wahoo; Louie M. Ligouri, Auburn; Ricky A. Schreiner, Cortland; Richard R. Smith, Cook; and Shaylene M. Smith, Crete, have submitted applications for appointment as District Judge in the 1st Judicial District consisting of Clay, Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline, and Thayer counties. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Beatrice, Gage County, Nebraska. The vacancy is due to...Read more
April 25, 2016
Each May, the Nebraska State Bar Foundation and the Nebraska Judicial Branch partner to host a celebratory Law Day Community Luncheon. This year’s celebration will be held on Monday, May 2, 2016, with the Platte County Bar Association in Columbus. Chief Justice Mike Heavican will be a guest speaker at the event, and local Bar Association President Clark Grant will serve as master of ceremonies. The annual Law Day luncheon has two objectives: first, to honor civic-minded students through...Read more
April 22, 2016
Judge of the District Court, for the Third Judicial District, Steven D. Burns, is retiring effective May 31, 2016. In his letter of retirement to the Governor, Judge Burns noted, “It has been a privilege to serve the people of Nebraska in this position of trust.” In 2014, Judge Burns received the Nebraska Supreme Court’s Outstanding Judge Award for Service to the Community for his volunteerism, which ranges from local, to national, to international activities. At home, Burns is a regular...Read more
April 20, 2016
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice Stephanie F. Stacy, the Judicial Nominating Commission for Supreme Court Judge in the 5th Judicial District will hold a public hearing in the District Courtroom at the York ­­­­County Courthouse, 510 Lincoln Avenue, in York, Nebraska, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. At the hearing, the Commission will receive information on the qualifications of candidates to fill the vacancy in the office of Supreme Court Judge due to the...Read more
April 20, 2016
The Nebraska State Bar Commission has received the Supreme Court’s approval of its recommendation for the following individuals to be admitted to the practice of law in the State of Nebraska, having fulfilled all of the requirements for admission by examination. The swearing in ceremony will take place April 21, 2016, at 10:00am in the Warner Legislative Chamber on the second floor of the State Capitol building. Andrea Nicole Avila Michael Joe Baxter Lucrece Hermine Bundy Arielle Lauren Disick...Read more
April 15, 2016
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican, the Judicial Nominating Commission for District Judge in the 1st Judicial District (consisting of Clay, Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline, and Thayer Counties) will hold a public hearing in the District Courtroom at the ­­­­Gage County Courthouse, 612 Grant Street, in Beatrice, Nebraska, beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2016. The primary place of office for the...Read more
April 11, 2016
Supreme Court Justice William M. Connolly recently submitted a retirement notice to the Governor indicating his plan to retire August 1, 2016, after 24 years on the bench -- 2 years on the Nebraska Court of Appeals and 22 years on the Nebraska Supreme Court. “It has been a great honor to serve the citizens of this state as both a county attorney and a judge,” commented Connolly. After taking the Supreme Court bench in December 1994, Justice Connolly was retained in his position by area voters...Read more

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