LINCOLN – A former Johnson County Attorney is a new district judge in the 1st Judicial District of Southeast Nebraska. Governor Pete Ricketts announced his appointment of Julie D. Smith to the First Judicial District Court of Nebraska.
The 37-year-old Smith currently serves as the General Counsel for the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. She has also served as a County Attorney in the Johnson County Attorney’s Office and as a Partner at Smith & Smith, Attorneys at Law.
Smith earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Drake University and her law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law.
Her appointment fills a vacancy due to the retirement of Judge Daniel E. Bryan, Jr. effective December 31, 2016.
The First Judicial District for the District Court consists of Clay, Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline, and Thayer counties. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Auburn, Nebraska.