Hon. Lawrence D. Gendler

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Hon. Lawrence D. Gendler

Judgeship

1992 - Present
Judge of the Separate Juvenile Court, Sarpy County

2000 - Present
Judge of Juvenile Drug Court, Sarpy County

Experience

1978 - 1992
Sarpy County Attorney, Papillion, NE

Assigned to Juvenile Court, Child Abuse and Neglect prosecutions. Responsible for the screening of all juvenile cases for the County Attorney’s Office Juvenile Diversion Program, beginning in 1978

Education

Creighton University School of Law, 1978
Juris Doctorate

University of Missouri at Columbia, 1975
Bachelor of Science,Public Administration

Judicial/Law Related Activities

Professional Affiliations
Nebraska State Bar Association
Legislative Advisory Committee
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Sarpy County Bar Association
Nebraska Juvenile Court Judges Association

Nebraska Supreme Court Committees
Committee on Problem-Solving Courts, 2008 - present
Project chair, Supreme Court Initiative, "Through the Eyes of the Child" 2006 - present
Judicial Ethics Committee, Chair, 2011, Vice Chair, 2010 - 2011, Member, 2006 - 2012
Supreme Court Commission on Children in the Courts, 2005 - present
OJS Subcommittee of State Legislature's Children in the Courts Committee, 2012-Present
Juvenile Bar Code Revision Committee, 1992 - 1996
Governmental /Advisory Boards
Sarpy County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, 2005 - Present
Nebraska Disproportionate Minority Contact Committee, 2002 - Present
Nebraska Coalition for Juvenile Justice (Crime Commission Advisory Committee), 1996 - 2009
Governor’s Task Force on Diversion, Detention, and Probation Services, 2000 - 2002
Governor’s Commission for Protection of Children, 1992 - 1998
Nebraska Child Protection Commission, Vice Chair 1991 - 1992

Community Activities

Papillion Recreational Baseball Volunteer Coach, 2006 - 2007
Stephen Center Volunteer, 2004 - present
Rebuilding Together Volunteer, 2000 - 2007
Temple Israel Board of Trustees, 1999 - 2004
Alegent Health Midlands Community Hospital Advisory Board, 1998 - 2004
Omaha Community Partnership, 1996 - present
PRIDE OMAHA, Inc. Board of Directors, 1995 - 1998
Sarpy County S.A.F.E. Policy, 1992 - present
Region VI Advisory Committee, 1992
River Cities Camp Fire Council Board, Advisory Committee, 1991 - 1992
Nebraska Committee for Children and Youth, Board of Directors, 1991 - 1992
Lutheran Family Services, Advisory Committee, 1990 - 1992
Omaha Community and Family Resources, Advisory Committee, 1989 - 1992
Youth Emergency Services, Board of Directors, 1989 - 1992
Marilyn Gendler Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Founder and President, 1988 - present
Drug Free Schools and Community Advisory Committee – Papillion/LaVista Public Schools, 1988 - 1992
Papillion/LaVista Schools Foundation, Board of Directors and Founder, 1986 - 1992

Honors and Awards

Distinguished Service Award, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2011
Heartland Family Service Victim Empathy Award of Merit, 2007
Metropolitan Child Advocacy Coalition Award of Appreciation, 2006
Nebraska Supreme Court Distinguished Judge for Service to the Community Award, 2006
Bellevue Mayor’s Commission on Alcoholism Recognition Award, 2001
Youth Emergency Services – Lifetime Membership Award, 2000
Child Saving Institute – A.W. Clarke Award, 2000
Omaha Jaycee’s Ten Outstanding Young Omahans, 1991
State of Nebraska Prosecution Award for Juvenile Court, presented by the Nebraska Crime Commission and Governor Kerry, 1986

Teaching & Publishing

Author, “New Legislative Session has Tough Act to Follow,” Speaking for Children Vol. 3, No. 2, January 1991 edition, (pages 4 - 5)
Author, “Nebraska Juvenile Justice System: Still Room for Improvement,” Speaking for Child  Vol. 4, No. 5, October/November 1985 edition, (pages 12 - 13)

Adjunct faculty member, Bellevue College, Bellevue, NE, 1981 - 1992