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Gov. Ricketts Appoints Matthew R. Kahler to Separate Juvenile Court for Douglas County Judgeship

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Taylor Gage, 402-471-1970

Eric Maher, 402-471-1974       



LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced his appointment of Matthew R. Kahler to the Separate Juvenile Court for Douglas County.


Kahler, 40, is a partner at Finley & Kahler Law Firm, PC, LLO.  In his 15 years of practicing law in Nebraska, he served as an attorney in a variety of divisions, including the Juvenile Division, for the Douglas County Attorney’s Office.  Kahler also is the Co-Chair of the Case Processing Committee for Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) and serves on the Courts Case Progression Standards Subcommittee for the Nebraska Supreme Court Commission on Children.


Kahler holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Juris Doctor with Distinction from the University of Nebraska College of Law. 


The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska.


The vacancy is due to the establishment of an additional Separate Juvenile Court Judge in Douglas County by the Nebraska Legislature.