Supreme Court Commission on Children in the Courts

Supreme Court Commission on Children in the Courts

Origin/Authorization:  Consultation Minutes of December 22, 2004

Terms:  Initial appointments to be at the pleasure of the Court. Members appointed after February 21, 2008, shall be appointed to 3-year terms.

Purpose Statement:  The commission will study and recommend appropriate steps for the judicial system to undertake to insure that the courts are as responsive as possible for children who interact with, or are directly affected by the courts.

Name, City Composition Appointment Date Term Expires
Hon. Douglas F. Johnson, Omaha
Reappointed 10-16-13, 10-19-16
Co-Chairperson, Separate Juvenile Judge 12-22-04 12-31-19
Hon. Francie Riedmann-Weis, Gretna Co-Chairperson, Appellate Judge 10-18-17 12-31-20
Hon. Michael Piccolo, North Platte
Reappointed 11-12-15
County Judge 10-16-13 12-31-18
Hon. Vernon Daniels, Omaha
Reappointed 3-18-09, 10-17-12, 11-12-15
Separate Juvenile Judge 12-29-04 12-31-18
Kathy Olson, Lincoln Attorney, UNL Center on Children, Families, and the Law 10-12-11 Permanent
Hon. Lawrence D. Gendler, Papillion
Reappointed 10-29-14, 10-18-20
Separate Juvenile Judge 12-29-04 12-31-20
Alicia B. Henderson, Lincoln
Reappointed 3-18-09, 10-17-12, 11-12-15
Juvenile County Attorney, Lancaster County 2-1-06 12-31-18
Corrie Kielty Director, Nebraska CASA 3-13-13 Permanent
Sen. Bob Krist, Omaha
Reappointed 11-12-15
State Senator, District 10 10-17-12 12-31-18

Hon. Gary Randall, Omaha

Reappointed 10-18-17

District Judge 10-29-14 12-31-20
Hon. Linda Caster Senff, Aurora
Reappointed 9-29-10, 10-16-13, 10-19-16
County Judge 2-21-08 12-31-19
Courtney Phillips, Lincoln Chief Exec. Officer, Health and Human Services 5-21-15 Permanent
Juliet Summers, Omaha Policy Coordinator for Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Voices for Children in Nebraska 11-12-15 Until Permanent Director Appointed
Tom Harmon, Omaha
Reappointed 9-29-10, 10-16-13, 10-19-16
County Judge 2-21-08 12-31-19
Mary Jo Pankoke, Lincoln Co-Director, Governor’s Task Force &
Commission on the Protection of Children
12-29-04 Permanent
Hon. Linda Porter, Lincoln
Reappointed 3-18-09, 10-17-12, 11-12-15
Separate Juvenile Judge 12-29-04 12-31-18
Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks, Lincoln State Senator, District 25 10-19-16 12-31-19
Hon. Michael P. Burns County Judge 11-12-15 12-31-18
Christine Costantakos, Omaha
Reappointed 9-29-10, 10-16-13, 10-31-16
Attorney 2-21-08 12-31-19
Hon. Patrick Runge, Winnebago
Reappointed 3-18-09, 10-17-12, 11-12-15
District Judge, Winnebago Tribal Court 12-29-04 12-31-18
Liz Neeley, Lincoln Executive Director, Nebraska State Bar Association 10-29-14 Permanent
Hon. Anne Paine, McCook
Reappointed 10-17-12, 11-12-15
County Judge 3-18-09 12-31-18
Sarah Helvey, Lincoln Nebraska Appleseed 3-18-09 Permanent
Milo Mumgaard, Lincoln Director, Legal Aid of Nebraska 11-12-15 Permanent
Kim Hawekotte, Lincoln Director, Foster Care Review Office 3-13-13 Permanent

Hon. Stefanie Martinez

Reappointed 10-18-17

County Judge 11-12-15 12-31-20
Hon. Randin Roland, Sidney
Reappointed 9-29-10, 10-16-13, 10-19-16
County Judge 2-21-08 12-31-19
Elizabeth A. F. Waterman, Lexington
Reappointed 3-18-09, 10-17-12, 11-12-15
County Attorney, Dawson County 1-05-05 12-31-18
Hon. Michael G. Heavican, Lincoln (ex-officio) Chief Justice, Nebraska Supreme Court 11-15-06  
Corey Steel, Lincoln (ex-officio) State Court Administrator 5-21-15  
Ellen Brokofsky Probation Administrator 11-16-05  

Carole McMahon-Boies, Lincoln

Reappointed 10-18-17

Attorney Services 3-18-09 Permanent
Carla Heathershaw Risko, Omaha
Reappointed 10-17-12, 11-12-15
Attorney, Health and Human Services 10-14-10 12-31-18
Julie Rogers, Lincoln Child Welfare Inspector General 10-17-12 Permanent
Azar Webb, Lincoln Youth Representative 10-19-16 12-31-19

Hon. Rachel Daugherty, Aurora

Reappointed 10-18-17

District Judge 10-29-14 12-31-20
Jeanne Brandner Deputy Probation Administrator for Juvenile Services 6-22-16 12-31-18
Matthew Blomstedt Nebraska Commissioner of Education 5-2-17 Permanent
J. Leef, Sidney Attorney 10-18-17 12-31-20
Karen Hicks, Omaha Attorney 10-18-17 12-31-20
Dr. Kirk Newring, Papillion Psychologist 10-18-17 12-31-20
Mandi Amy, Kearney County Attorney 10-18-17 12-31-20
Martin Klein, Norfolk Attorney 10-18-17 12-31-20
Tana Fye Attorney, Guardian ad Litem 10-18-17 12-31-20
Sen. Tony Vargas, Omaha State Senator, District 7 10-18-17 12-31-20
Matt Wallen, Lincoln Director, Children and Family Services, Health and Human Services 10-18-17 12-31-20

Note: members without a term expiration are permanent.