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Lawyers Give High Marks to State’s Judges

Monday, July 27, 2020  

The Nebraska State Bar Association (NSBA) today released results of its 2020 Judicial Performance Evaluation. Lawyers responding to the poll recommend that 100% of the 144 judges evaluated be retained on the bench. Fifty-three percent of the judges evaluated were given a 90% or higher retention approval. Fifty-one judges received an 80-89% retention approval, and eleven judges were approved 70-79%. Steve Mattoon, president of the NSBA, said “these numbers continue to be impressive and consistent with prior evaluations.”

The NSBA first used the Judicial Evaluation Poll in 1984. It is conducted biennially. “The poll provides an important way to provide feedback to the judiciary and the results confirm that judges in all Nebraska courts are effectively serving the people of Nebraska” said Mattoon. An electronic survey was sent to 5,553 active NSBA members residing in Nebraska, Council Bluffs and Sioux City, Iowa and Yankton, South Dakota. Attorneys were instructed to evaluate only judges with whom they had recent, firsthand professional experience; or in the case of appeals court judges, with whose written opinions they were familiar. Ultimately, 1,088 members completed the evaluation. Soval Solutions, LLC, an independent research firm in Lincoln, compiled the results. The results may be viewed here.