The Nebraska County Attorneys Association advocates for public policies that strengthen county attorneys’ ability to secure justice for crime victims and serve as legal counsel to their county.

We provide continuing legal education programs, service, support and resources to the county attorneys and staff to enhance and improve the quality of all prosecution throughout the State and facilitate access to best practices in law enforcement and public safety.


Omaha police want to change law on releasing grand jury report when an officer is indicted

November 6, 2018

Omaha’s police chief wants to tweak a law designed to make grand juries more open.

Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said a bill by State Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha two years ago had the unintended consequence of making public a grand jury’s final report in cases when an officer is indicted.

Evidence, including transcripts and exhibits, should be released, Schmaderer said, but not immediately. That information should be released after an officer’s criminal proceedings are over, he said.

“Law enforcement officers are like everybody else,” he said. “They deserve proper due process in their cases, and this little cleanup will ensure that takes place.”

Chambers said that at first blush, the proposal sounds reasonable, but he promised to take a “microscopic-type” look at any proposed legislation.

“I’m willing to look at it and talk to (Schmaderer),” Chambers said. “He has always shown that he is acting in good faith. He knows that I am, too.”

The proposal is one of several under consideration to be City of Omaha priorities for the 2019 session of the Nebraska Legislature. On Tuesday, the City Council will hold a public hearing and vote on whether to advocate for the bills when state senators convene at the State Capitol in January. Read More. 


Judge says he handed off Millard South sex assault case because attorney once represented him

By Todd Cooper / World-Herald staff writer

November 6, 2018 

The judge who recused himself in a former Millard South administrator’s sexual assault case said there’s a simple reason he stepped aside: An attorney in the case once represented the judge.

Douglas County District Judge Duane Dougherty released that reasoning after prosecutors requested last week that he explain why he recused himself nine months after being assigned the case of Matt Fedde, the former assistant high school principal who sexually assaulted a 15-year-old student at the school.

Dougherty refused to reconsider his recusal, saying it was in the best interests of justice for him to hand off the case. He cited the Nebraska Code of Judicial Conduct, which says “a judge shall disqualify himself or herself in any proceeding in which the judge’s impartiality might reasonably be questioned.” For more information.





Melanie Young, Chief Deputy in Buffalo County and President of the Nebraska County Attorneys Association congratulates outgoing President, Brenda Beadle, Chief Douglas County Attorney.

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2018 NECAA Conference

October 17-19, 2018, DoubleTree Downtown, Omaha, NE

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Nebraska County Attorneys Association Prosecutor of the Year Award

Nebraska County Attorneys Association Prosecutor of the Year Award
Congratulations to Joe Kelly, U.S. Attorney for Nebraska, as the 2017 recipient of the Nebraska County Attorneys Association Prosecutor of the Year. This year’s award was presented by Pat Condon, Lancaster County Attorney.


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