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May 14, 2021
Congratulations to Amoreena Brady and Grace Bartling for being recognized at the 2021 Nebraska Juvenile Justice Association (NJJA) conference on May 6 in Kearney. Amoreena Brady (left), Juvenile Justice Reform Specialist, received the Commitment to Excellence in Leadership Award. Nominations for Amoreena stated that her leadership and impact on reforming the Juvenile Justice System is fueled by her compassion and talent for building relationships. Whether it is with youth, a co-worker, or a...Read more
Heroes award
May 13, 2021
Understanding that each day in the Administrative Office brings about unique issues that require persistence and resourcefulness, Executive Assistant Marcie Luhman uses her 23+ years of experience to make sure things are done and on time (even during a pandemic). Most recently, forgoing her state holiday, she coordinated across branches and over many miles to assist a new judge with the proper paperwork to get sworn in on time. Marcie, your problem-solving skills and patience are always...Read more
May 12, 2021
Nebraska Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican held a proclamation signing ceremony announcing Nebraska Problem-Solving Court Month on behalf of the State Judicial Branch on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony was streamed live from the State Capitol out of respect for social distancing. The month of May is nationally identified as Drug Court Month. With the diverse programming offered through Nebraska courts, it was appropriate to recognize the efforts of all of Nebraska’s problem-...Read more
May 11, 2021
New County Court Judge, Jeffrey A. Gaertig, took his oath of office May 7, 2021, at the Gage County Courthouse in Beatrice. Supreme Court Justice John Freudenberg administered the oath. Gaertig began his judicial duties immediately. His primary office is in the courthouse in Beatrice. He will serve the full 1 st Judicial District. Read more in the Beatrice Daily Sun: Judge prepares to take the benchRead more
May 10, 2021
Hall County Reentry Court celebrated graduation in Grand Island on April 29, 2021. For the graduate, Matthew Moeller, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive mental health treatment, intensive community supervision, and full accountability. Judge Andrew Butler presided over the event. In recognition of his outstanding achievement, Moeller commented, "This might start off sounding kind of weird, but personally, I don't think that the majority of the criminal...Read more
Heroes award
May 6, 2021
Greg Sunderman is consistently going above and beyond his job duties to assist the Office of Public Guardian with the development of an online class for Guardian & Conservator education. Over the past two years, Greg dedicated significant amounts of time to work with the OPG to create, develop, and launch a Guardian & Conservator education course in an online format. After a successful launch of an English version, Greg dedicated himself to working on a Spanish version. Greg, thank you...Read more
May 4, 2021
In Omaha, the Douglas County Veterans Treatment Court honored a new graduate on April 29, 2021, while family, friends, members of the local community, and other participants observed via Zoom. The ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive mental health treatment, intensive community supervision, and full accountability for the graduate. Veterans Treatment Court Judge Horacio J. Wheelock presided over the ceremony, and Judge James T. Gleason was a speaker at the...Read more
Heroes award
April 29, 2021
Chief Deputy Jen Finigan is a perfect example of true leadership. Officers respect Jen’s judgment, long-standing experience, and knowledge. She fulfills numerous essential duties that affect the day-to-day operations of District 4A and is always ready to step-up when called. Her interim and ongoing assistance with Problem-Solving Courts and the Reporting Center throughout the pandemic has been invaluable. Jen your hard work and dedication are greatly appreciated by the staff in District 4A...Read more
Law day
April 28, 2021
On the first day of May each year, the legal community celebrates Law Day. The day originated in 1957 when the American Bar Association envisioned a special day celebrating the US legal system. President Dwight Eisenhower established Law Day with a presidential proclamation in 1958. This year we continue to celebrate separately. Next May, the Nebraska Judicial Branch will be celebrating with in-person events. The Omaha Daily Record asked Chief Justice Mike Heavican and Chief Judge Mike Pirtle...Read more
April 27, 2021
South Dakota and Nebraska partnered to form a Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiatives (JDAI) regional conference to highlight important issues such as race equity, school-justice partnership, rural detention reforms, and diversion expansion. The conference was held on April 7 and 8, 2021, in Rapid City, South Dakota. Juvenile Justice Stakeholders from both states convened to learn, network, and ultimately develop action steps to take home to their respective communities. One highlight of...Read more

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