Attorneys thank Judge Rowlands for service

Published: Jun. 21, 2018 at 3:34 PM CDT
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JULY 23: Thank you for your service -- that is the message attorneys had for Judge Donald Rowlands in the courtroom on Monday.

It marked his last day on the bench after 32 years and 762 motion days. Rowlands expressed his thanks to the sheriff's deputies and attorneys who have made the courtroom run smoothly during his career. Rowlands officially retires July 31.


JUNE 21: Nebraska's longest serving sitting District court Judge is calling it a career. Llincoln County District Judge Donald

Rrowlands is retiring. His last day on the bench will be July 31st.

Rowlands took over as the 11th district judge in 1986.

He says, "for the past 32 years has been the highlight of my legal career and i owe a debt of gratitude to former governor

Robert Kerrey who selected me at the age of 36 from a group of outstanding attorneys who applied for this position."

Rowlands time on the bench is filled with some pretty impressive accomplishments including receiving the 2000 Nebraska Supreme Court Leadership in Education Award. He was also was instrumental in helping bring cameras into the courtroom.

The Judicial Resources Commission will now call a meeting to determine if a judge is needed to replace Rowlands. The decision will be based on judicial workload statistics.