Hon. John E. Samson

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Hon. John E. Samson

Judgeship

2003 - present 
Judge of the District Court, 6th Judicial District
Burt, Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Thurston, & Washington counties
 
2007 - 2010 
Judge of the District Six Adult Drug Court, Dodge County

Experience

1998 - 2003
Village Attorney
Herman, NE
 
1997 - 2003
City Attorney
Blair, NE
 
1997 - 2003
Village Attorney
Washington, NE
 
1997 - 2003
Village Attorney
Kennard, NE

 Special Prosecutor Appointments:
1996, City of Omaha, NE
1995, Burt County, NE
1994, Burt County, NE

1988 - 1997
County Attorney
Blair, NE
 
1985 - 2003
Samson Law Office
Blair, NE
 
1985 - 1987
Deputy County Attorney - Washington County Attorney’s Office
 
1983 - 1985
Huntel Systems, Inc., corporate counsel
Blair, NE
 
1981 - 1983
O’Hanlon Law Office, associate and then partner
Blair, NE
 
1979 - 1981
O’Hanlon and Nelson Law Office, law clerk
Blair, NE
  
 

Education

National Judicial College, 2007
     Death Penalty Litigation
National Center For Justice, 2006
     University of Mississippi School of Law - Search & Seizure Law
National District Attorney Association, Chicago, IL,  1990
     Prosecutor’s Trial Advocacy Course
National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Lawrence, KS,  1986
     Intensive Trial Advocacy Program

University of Nebraska College of Law, 1981 
Juris Doctorate

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1978
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration
 

Judicial/Law Related Activities

Professional Affiliations
Nebraska State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Burt/Washington County Bar Association, 1981 - 2003 
Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys, 1985 - 2003
Nebraska Land Title Association, 1985 - 2003
Nebraska Licensed Title Insurance Agent, 1985 - 2003
National District Attorney Association, past member
Nebraska Licensed Real Estate Abstractor, past member
Nebraska County Attorney Association, past member
 
Nebraska State Bar/Local Attorney Association Committees
Nebraska State Bar Association:
     Real Estate Practice & Title Standards Committee, board member, 1999 - 2003 
Blair High School Mock Trial Team, coach, 2001-2002, 2004
High School Mock Trial Program, Regional Coordinator for 6th Judicial District, 1991-1992, 2005-2007
Judge for Local/Regional Competitions, 1990 - 2000
 
Nebraska Supreme Court Committees
Judicial Resources Commission, District Court Representative, 2010-present 
Dispute Resolution Advisory Council, secretary, 2009 - present
Office of Dispute Resolution, Advisory Council, 2008 - present
Nebraska Parenting Act Fund Policy Committee, 2007 - present
Nebraska Family Mediator Standards Committee, Mediator Approval Sub-Committee, 2007 - present
 
Nebraska District Judges Association
Court Reporters’ Committee, chairperson, 2008 - present
 
Nebraska County Attorney’s Association
Former member, 1985 - 1997 

Community Activities

Washington County Public Defender Policy Board, board member, 2002 - 2003
Blair Youth Sports Complex Association, Inc., director, 1999 - 2003 
Blair Area Chamber of Commerce:
     Legislative Committee, former director & member, 1987 - 2003 
First Lutheran Church (ELCA), member, 1987 - present 

Teaching & Publishing

Lecture, “What Civil Court Judges Want You to Know,” National Business Institute, 2011
Lecturer, Estate Planning & Probate Seminar, NE Continuing Legal Education, Inc., 2003
Lecturer, Divorce Fundamentals Seminar, Nebraska State Bar Association, 2001
Lecturer, County Attorney Seminar, Nebraska County Attorney’s Association, 1991