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How Judges Can Lead Juvenile Justice Reform

How Judges Can Lead Juvenile Justice Reform
How Judges Can Lead Juvenile Justice Reform

A Georgia judge reflects on his states juvenile justice reform, and how judges can lead the effort

Our society finds itself asking why do we sentence, probate and incarcerate so many young people while forgetting the frailties of adolescents? Juvenile justice reform is occurring in many states. Often judges are the leaders or at the center of these efforts. Why are judges taking on this new role, and why are communities looking to them for leadership? It is always helpful to look back to see how we got here. We can then better answer those questions.

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New Rules and Standards Adopted by Nebraska Supreme Court

New Rules and Standards Adopted by Nebraska Supreme Court
New Rules and Standards Adopted by Nebraska Supreme Court

On September 27, 2017, the Nebraska Supreme Court adopted the following new rules, Neb. Ct. R. §§ 6-1470 and 6-1706, regarding practice guidelines for attorneys in juvenile court: Article 14. Uniform County Court Rules of Practice and Procedure. 

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On September 20, 2017, the Nebraska Supreme Court adopted the following rule amendments to Neb. Ct. R. § 6-104, regarding case progression standards for cases in juvenile court: Article 1: Case Progression Standards.

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Official DC: 0-5 Training for Advanced Clinicians

Official DC: 0-5 Training for Advanced Clinicians
Official DC: 0-5 Training for Advanced Clinicians

November 16-17, 2017

Two-day comprehensive training for advanced clinicians offers 12.00 contact hours co-sponsored by ZERO TO THREE and The Institute for Continuing Education.

This official 2-day training is designed for mental health clinicians, psychiatrists, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, and early intervention specialists whose work with infants, young children, and their families, involves diagnostic formulation and treatment. 

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www.NebraskaBabies.com/events

Ricketts appoints Matthew Kahler as new Douglas County juvenile judge

Ricketts appoints Matthew Kahler as new Douglas County juvenile judge
Ricketts appoints Matthew Kahler as new Douglas County juvenile judge

By Martha Stoddard | Omaha World Herald | 08/19/17

LINCOLN — Omaha attorney Matthew Kahler has been named to a newly created juvenile court judgeship in Douglas County.

Gov. Pete Ricketts announced the appointment Friday.

Kahler, 40, is a partner at the Finley & Kahler Law Firm. He has had varied experience in juvenile law during his 15 years in the profession.

He previously worked for the Douglas County Attorney’s Office in various divisions, including the juvenile division.

He also is co-chairman of the case processing committee for the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative and serves on the courts case progression standards subcommittee for the Nebraska Supreme Court Commission on Children.

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Commissioners Approve Grant Award for Juvenile Services

Commissioners Approve Grant Award for Juvenile Services
Commissioners Approve Grant Award for Juvenile Services

By Job Vigil | 06/27/17

The Lincoln County commissioners approved the 2017 Community Based Juvenile Services grant award on Monday.

Funding given to communities through the grant program is used to help establish and provide community-based services for youths in the juvenile justice system, according to the Nebraska Crime Commission website.

The Nebraska Crime Commission approved the full $121,575 that was requested.

“Over the years, with the different partners you’ve had, has this worked out well?” Commissioner Joe Hewgley asked Jayna Schaff, executive director of Community Connections.

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Proof: The Family That Stays Together … Plays Together!

Proof: The Family That Stays Together … Plays Together!
Proof: The Family That Stays Together … Plays Together!

By Julien R. Fielding | The Daily Record | 06/15/17

A success. That’s what Judge Douglas F. Johnson called this year’s Douglas County Juvenile Court’s “Summer Family Picnic,” which saw about 100 families in attendance. Now in its eighth year, the event began at Elmwood Park, moved to Boys Town, and this year was held at the Omaha Children’s Museum in downtown Omaha.
“It’s our way to congratulate them for keeping their families together,” Johnson said.

While children played games, and parents socialized, Judge Johnson manned the grill, cooking up hamburgers. Chips, cookies, and drinks were also served. Gift cards to Target and Bakers were given out, with the grand prize being a membership to the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo. The winner donated it to Brittani, who gave a short speech about how she had gone “through the system” and came out the other side.

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New Law Clinic at Nebraska Will Advocate for State's Children

New Law Clinic at Nebraska Will Advocate for State's Children
New Law Clinic at Nebraska Will Advocate for State's Children

By Nebraska Law | 06/6/17

The University of Nebraska College of Law is adding a fifth legal clinic: The Children's Justice Clinic.

Third-year law students in the clinic will have the opportunity to serve as a guardian ad litem for children in the child welfare system. The newest of Nebraska Law’s clinics results from a partnership between the college and the university's Center on Children, Families and the Law.

The inaugural Children’s Justice Clinic course will have eight students at the start of the fall semester and will be located in the college’s recently opened Marvin and Virginia Schmid Clinic Building.

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