Hon. Kenneth J. Vampola

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Hon. Kenneth J. Vampola


2005 - present 
Judge of the County Court, 6th Judicial District
Burt, Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Thurston, & Washington counties

2012, 2013, 2019, 2020, 2021
Presiding Judge of the 6th Judicial District, County Court


2003 - 2005
Nebraska Board of Parole, chairman
Lincoln, NE
Member of the Governor’s Cabinet
1998 - 2003
Winnebago Tribal Court Judge
Winnebago, NE
1998 - 2003
Private practice of law
Arlington/Fremont, NE
1995 - 1998
Winnebago Tribal Prosecutor & Juvenile Presenting Officer
Winnebago, NE
Brashear & Ginn, summer associate
Omaha, NE
1990 - 1992
Nebraska Department of Justice, law clerk
Lincoln, NE



University of Nebraska College of Law, 1992
Juris Doctorate with distinction

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1978
Bachelor of Arts – Journalism; minors in English, Psychology, & Biology

Judicial/Law Related Activities

Professional Affiliations
Nebraska State Bar Association
Nebraska State Bar Foundation
Nebraska County Judges Association
United States Department of Justice – National Institute of Corrections, Youthful Offenders in the Adult Criminal Justice System Exploratory Expert Group, 2010
United States Commission on Civil Rights, Nebraska Advisory Committee, 2009 - present
 State Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision, Judicial Branch Representative, 2008
Governor’s Substance Abuse Work Team, 2003 - 2009
Governor’s Cabinet, 2003 - 2005
Nebraska Community Corrections Council, 2003 - 2005
State Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision, Parole Board Representative, 2003 - 2005
Nebraska Serious & Violent Offender Re-entry program Steering Committee, 2003 - 2005
National Council of Parole Chairs, Advisory Council to Association of Paroling Authorities International, 2003 - 2005 
Weed & Seed Steering Committee, Tri-Jurisdiction, 2003
Nebraska State Bar/Local Attorney Association Committees
House of Delegates, Nebraska State Bar Association, 6th District, 2009 - present
Nebraska High School Mock Trial, through NE State Bar Foundation
Regional Coordinator, 2005 - 2007
Nebraska State Bar Association, NE State Planning Group, 2001
Nebraska Supreme Court Committees
Evidence-Based Practices Committee, 2008 - present 
Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative, Pre-Hearing Conferences Protocol Development Committee, 2007
Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative, lead judge 6th district, 2006 - present
Commission on Children in the Courts, 2004 - present 
Minority Justice Committee, 2003 - 2009 

Community Activities

Fremont Chamber of Commerce
Knights of Columbus - 3rd and 4th Degree
Oblate to the Order of St. Benedict
Winnebago Tribe Boys and Girls Club, Board of Directors
Boys & Girls Club Steering Committee, member, 1998 - 2003
Juvenile Services Planning Committee, 1998 - 2003
Winnebago Community Strategic Planning Committee, 1998 - 2003
Police Review Board, member, 1995 - 1998
Multi-disciplinary Task Force, 1995 - 1998
Child Protection Team, 1995 - 1998
Family Preservation Committee, 1995 - 1998
Domestic Violence Task Force, 1995 - 1998
Youth Preservation Task Force, 1995 - 1998

Honors and Awards

2009 Nebraska State Bar Foundation Fellow:
Nebraska State Bar Foundation Fellow selection is based on the integrity and character of the lawyer/judge.  Fellows are accredited by colleagues as leaders of the legal profession who contribute to charitable works and community education.  Membership recognizes established legal professionals dedicated to improving the administration of justice.
Most Supportive Judge Award, Nebraska Foster Youth Council, 2010
Special Friend Award, Nebraska Foster Care Review Board, 2008
Visionary Award, Nebraska State Bar Association, Charitable Funds, Inc, 2006

Teaching & Publishing

Adjunct Instructor of Juvenile Justice, Midland University, Fall 2010
Graduation Address, Fremont Public Schools Learning Center, Fremont, NE, 2010
Opening Address on Indian Child Welfare Act Training, Boys & Girls Home of Nebraska Inc., Norfolk, NE 2010
Keynote address on Poverty and the Courts, Fremont Care Corps Annual Dinner, Fremont, NE, 2010
Panel Speaker, Office of Dispute Resolution Regional Conference, 2009
Speaker, "Crafting the Sentence," Nebraska Judges' Annual Meeting, 2009
Panel Speaker, on the role of mediation in Nebraska’s Judicial System, Heartland Regional Conference of Mediators, 2009
Panel Speaker, on Evidence-Based Sentencing to Reduce Recidivism, Heartland Regional Conference of Mediators, 2008
Legislative-Judicial Visit program, 2008
Panel Speaker, on Indian Child Welfare Act Update, NE Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, 2007
Panel Speaker, on pre-hearing conferences best practices, Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative Regional Conference, 2007
Guest Speaker, on mental health issues in juvenile & criminal cases, Dodge County Mental Health Coalition, 2007
Panel Speaker, Juvenile Court Best Practices Termination of Parental Rights, County Judges Meeting, 2007
Panel Speaker, "A Day in the Life," Nebraska Bar Association Leadership Academy, 2007
Panel Speaker, "Offender Re-Entry," National Crime Victim’s Rights Conference, 2005
Panel Speaker, on professionalism and ethics, Nebraska Corrections Association Annual Meeting, 2004
Panel Speaker, on cross-jurisdictional law enforcement issues, Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Conference, 2004
Guest Speaker, on state and tribal juvenile jurisdiction, Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Conference on Juvenile Justice, 2004
Luncheon speaker, on Board of Parole purpose and policy revisions, American Corrections Association/Nebraska Chapter, 2003
Guest Speaker, on Board of Parole goals and objectives for 2003-2004, Nebraska Parole Officers/Administration Annual Training, 2003
Panel Speaker, on juvenile issues presented to judges and associated professionals, Center on Children, Families, and the Law, 2003
Panel Speaker, on tribal civil jurisdiction, Jurisdictional Issues in Indian Country, 2003
Panel Speaker, on effective tribal justice and enforcement, at the National Tribal Environmental Protection Conference, 2002
Panel Speaker, Indian Child Welfare Act in Nebraska, at the Continuing Legal Education Seminar Creighton University, 2001
Panel Speaker, Tribal Justice and Jurisdiction, UNL Law School Forum, 2000
Lecturer, Indian Child Welfare Act: Current Issues, Rulings, & Legal Effect in State & Tribal Courts, to the Douglas County Multi-Disciplinary child Protection Team, 1999

Continuing Education

Incentives and Sanctions, National Drug Court Institute, 2010
Children’s Summit, Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative, 2009
Evidence-Based Sentencing Practices to Reduce Recidivism: A Faculty Workshop, National Judicial College, 2009
Self-Represented Litigants in NE Courts, Regional Judges’ Education, 2008
Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative, Regional Conference, Nebraska Supreme Court, 2007
Northeast-Great Lakes Regional Meeting on Extending Project Passport, VAWA Model Protection Order, National Center for State Courts, 2007
Nebraska Children’s Summit, Nebraska Supreme Court, 2006
General Jurisdiction, National Judicial College, 2006
National Train the Trainer Conference, National Drug Court Institute Sustainability of Drug Courts, 2004
Joint Re-Entry Initiative of U.S. Depts., of Justice, Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Health & Human Service, Housing, Education, and Labor, National Conference on Violent Offender Re-Entry, 2004
Governor’s Meth Summit, 2004
Nebraska Dept. of Corrections Vision and Planning Conference, 2004
National Parole Chair Meetings, 2003
Essentials of a Tribal Judge, National Judicial College, 2001
Mediation Training, 2000
Office of Juvenile Justice Tribal Youth Programs, U.S. Dept. of Justice Regional Meeting, 2000
Violence Against Women Act, Great Lakes/Central Regional Meeting on Implementing Full Faith and Credit, National Center for State Courts, MN and NM, 2000
Criminal Justice Policy and Research Conference, US Dept. of Justice Office of Policy and Research, Washington, DC, 1997


Revised January 2021