Media Releases

Media Releases

February 3, 2023
Ms. Melanie Stormer has been named Chief Probation Officer for District 1 Probation (Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline, and Thayer Counties). She will begin her new position on February 6, 2023. Stormer notes that she “believes in the importance of being a part of the community she serves,” adding that she was motivated to move to Nebraska by her desire to return to service in a court within a rural community. Stormer has over 20 years of experience,...Read more
February 2, 2023
Nebraska District Court Judge Todd O. Engleman of Omaha, Nebraska, was invited to sit with the Nebraska Supreme Court on January 31, 2023. Engleman heard arguments in the case of S-22-0326 Pinnacle Bancorp, Inc. v. Bruce Moritz and Nebraska Commission of Labor. The district court affirmed the decision of the Nebraska Department of Labor Appeal Tribunal which determined that Appellee was not disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits because he did not engage in misconduct connected to...Read more
February 2, 2023
Nebraska District Court Judge James G. Kube of Madison, Nebraska, was invited to sit with the Nebraska Supreme Court on February 1, 2023. Kube heard arguments in the case of S-22-0191 Constance Ryan v. Stacy Ryan, John Ryan Coffey, Sean Coffey, Tim Coffey, and Steve Ryan, in his individual capacity as the Personal Representative for the Estate of Dr. Wayne Ryan, and together with the First Nebraska Trust Company, as co-trustees for the Wayne L. Ryan Revocable Trust, Carol Ryan, and Timothy Ryan...Read more
February 2, 2023
Nebraska District Court Judge Nathan B. Cox of Papillion, Nebraska, was invited to sit with the Nebraska Supreme Court on February 2, 2023. Cox heard arguments in the case of S-22-0248 Sieg H. Brauer, d/b/a Brauer Law Office v. Kent Hartmann, Hartmann Hay Co., LLC, and Kirk Hartmann. Kent Hartmann, Kirk Hartmann, and/or Hartmann Hay Co., LLC entered into a contingency fee agreement with Brauer Law Office. After the case settled with no funds being exchanged between the parties, Brauer sued for...Read more
January 25, 2023
The Office of Public Guardian has issued their 2022 annual report, outlining information about the individuals served and programs hosted through the Nebraska Judicial Branch. In addition to the specific data regarding the number of wards, types of guardianship/conservatorship cases, the capacity of the Office to serve, and the status of its waiting list, readers will find stories of systemic experiences by wards and their Associate Public Guardians throughout the state. The report strives to...Read more
January 25, 2023
Chief Justice Mike Heavican will give his 16th annual State of the Judiciary address to state senators at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2023, in the Legislative Chamber. Nebraska Educational Television will air the speech as part of its regular legislative coverage and can be viewed online: https://nebraskapublicmedia.org/en/watch/live/ ( Link will appear as: Legislative Morning Session ). The Chief Justice gives the State of the Judiciary address at the invitation of the Speaker of the...Read more
January 12, 2023
LINCOLN – Jennifer A. Huxoll, Palmyra; Matthew O. Mellor, Lincoln; and Daniel J. Zieg, Bennet, have submitted applications for appointment as District Court Judge in the 3rd Judicial District (Lancaster County). The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska. The vacancy is due to the retirement of Judge Robert R. Otte. The public hearing of the Judicial Nominating Commission will be held in the Supreme Court Courtroom, State Capitol, Lincoln,...Read more
January 10, 2023
Nebraska District Court Judge Marlon A. Polk of Omaha, Nebraska, was invited to sit with the Nebraska Supreme Court on January 10, 2023. Polk heard arguments in the case of Lancaster County v. Custer County. In that case, Lancaster County filed suit against Custer County, seeking reimbursement for general assistance funds that Lancaster County provided to an alleged Custer County resident. Lancaster County filed a Motion for Summary Judgment, which was sustained by the trial court. On its own...Read more
January 9, 2023
MEDIA ADVISORY: Problem-Solving Court Graduation and Celebration WHAT: The 5 th Judicial District Problem-Solving Court in Butler County will be holding a graduation ceremony and Celebration. WHO: Honorable Tina Marroquin will preside over the graduation. WHEN: January 17, 2023, 2:30 p.m. WHERE: Butler County Courthouse, District Courtroom, 451 N. 5 th Street, David City, NE 68632 WHY: For Problem-Solving Court graduates, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of...Read more
January 9, 2023
MEDIA ADVISORY: Sarpy County Drug Court Graduation and Celebration WHAT: The Sarpy County Adult Drug Court will be holding a graduation ceremony and celebration. WHO: Judge Stefanie Martinez presiding . WHEN: February 6, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. WHERE: Sarpy County Courthouse Boardroom , 1210 Golden Gate Drive, Papillion, NE 68046 WHY: For problem-solving court graduates, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive behavioral health treatment, intensive community...Read more

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