District Court Judge retiring next month

LINCOLN -- A central Nebraska judge is stepping down.

David W. Urbom, a district court judge for the 11th judicial district, is retiring August 31. Counties in Nebraska’s 11th Judicial District include Arthur, Chase, Dawson, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Gosper, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker, Keith, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Red Willow, Perkins, and Thomas.

In his letter to the Governor and the Chief Justice, Urbom wrote, “It has been a distinct honor and privilege to have served as a district judge for the past 15 plus years.” He continued, “I owe debts of gratitude to my court reporters, the clerks of the district court, and all other staff who have assisted me and provided capable and professional service to the citizens of southwest Nebraska. I am honored to have been a part of the Nebraska Judicial Branch that has so many hard-working and talented judges across our state. My thanks also go to the attorneys who teach me every day.” 

As regional coordinator for Nebraska High School Mock Trials since 2008, Urbom has significantly influenced the promotion and expansion of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation’s program within the 17 counties in his district.  His function as an attorney-coach and judge for these mock trials began in 1985.

Urbom has worked on the court’s Forms Committee since 2015, as well as having participated in committees relating to technology and trial court recordkeeping. Numerous other judicial committees have benefitted from his services, for both the Supreme Court and Nebraska District Judges Association.

Urbom has served for the citizens of the 11th Judicial District since 2006, having been retained in his position by area voters, most recently in 2016.

The first step in replacing Urbom will be for the Judicial Resources Commission to call a meeting to determine whether his retirement creates a judicial vacancy on the district court for the 11th Judicial District, based on judicial workload statistics.