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State of Nebraska

History of Reform Efforts: Nebraska

Active Organizations

League of Women Voters of Nebraska

Nebraska State Bar Association
The Nebraska State Bar Association endorsed a merit selection plan for Nebraska judges in 1951 and continued to push for merit selection until its adoption in 1962. In 1984, the bar's judiciary committee began evaluating Nebraska judges. Attorneys complete surveys on judges standing for retention with whom they have had professional contact. The survey asks respondents to rate judges on a number of criteria and includes a question on whether the judge should be retained. The results of the evaluation are made available to the public. Following the campaign to unseat Justice Lanphier in his 1996 retention election, the bar launched a public education campaign to inform citizens about the importance of having an independent judiciary.