UNO Honors Members of Criminal Justice Community 3/22/19 03/23/19 12:10:55 PM
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Deborah Ashford, widow of Hon. Mark Ashford, and Hon. Vernon Daniels display their plaques commemorating the honors bestowed on them at the UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Scholarship and Awards Luncheon on March 15. (Photo by Lorraine Boyd)
UNO Honors Members of Criminal Justice Community
By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record
Two Omaha jurists were among the honorees at the UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Scholarship and Awards Luncheon at the Scott Conference Center March 15.
The event drew hundreds of attendees to honor the award recipients.
The Distinguished Service Award was presented to the Hon. Vernon Daniels of the Separate Juvenile Court of Douglas County.
Daniels has been on the bench since 2001. Among the accolades he has earned over the years are the Nebraska State Bar Association’s 2011 Diversity Award and their 2013 Award of Appreciation; Child Saving Institute’s 2011 A.W. Clark Award; the Urban League’s 2012 Government Leader Award; and Charles Drew Health Center’s 2012 Community Service Award.
He is a Fellow of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation. Daniels mentors new attorneys and law students at both of the state’s law schools. He is an adjunct professor at Creighton School of Law.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented in honor of Judge W. Mark Ashford posthumously. It was accepted by his widow, Deborah Ashford, and his sons, Steven and Sam Ashford.
Ashford served for 18 years as a Douglas County District Court Judge. Before that, he was a Douglas County Court Judge since 1988. He was one of Nebraska’s longest-lived judges. He served on the Douglas County Young Adult Drug Court, but his crowning achievement was the creation and oversight of the Veterans Treatment Court. He presided over the program’s first graduation ceremony in June 2018.
Other major award recipients were:
• Youth Emergency Services (YES) for the Community Service Award.
• Captain Greg London, Chief Deputy in the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office, for the Alumni Achievement Award
• Omaha Police Department Lt. Sherie Thomas for the Rising Star Achievement Award.
Awards were also presented to five students and staff members. An award was given in honor of Benjamin Steiner, Pd.D., posthumously as Faculty Mentor of the Year.
Other awards included the London Awards (scholarships) presented to students who are planning to go on the London Study Abroad trip this summer and eight scholarships.