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Douglas County Commissioners congratulate Judge Wadie Thomas Jr. 3/06/18  03/06/18 3:29:36 PM Printer Friendly VersionPrinter Friendly Version

Douglas County Commissioners congratulate Judge Wadie Thomas Jr. on his 22 years of service as a Juvenile Court judge, presenting him with a proclamation. From left are P.J. Morgan, Lori Thomas, Hon. Wadie Thomas, Chris Rodgers, Mike Boyle, Mary Ann Borgeson, Tameka Thomas-Matlock, Clair Duda and Jim Cavanaugh.                                      
WHEREAS, The Honorable Wadie Thomas Jr. was born in 1952 in Montgomery, Alabama as the oldest of eight children born to Wadie Thomas Sr. and Lucinda Thomas; and,
WHEREAS, Judge Thomas served honorably for three years in the U.S. Army; and,
WHEREAS, In 1977, Judge Thomas received a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Alabama State University and in 1980 received a juris doctor degree from Creighton University School of Law; and,
WHEREAS, From 1980 to 1995, Judge Thomas engaged in the private practice of law in Nebraska and served as a hearing examiner for the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission, deciding cases of disability, race and gender discrimination; and,
WHEREAS, In 1995, Nebraska Gov. Ben Nelson appointed Judge Thomas to serve as the first African-American judge of the Separate Juvenile Court for Douglas County; and,
WHEREAS, In 1999, Judge Thomas initiated Adoption Saturday in Douglas County, which celebrates National Adoption Day and is a hallmark of his interest and leadership in the development of adoption law; and,
WHEREAS, Judge Thomas has consistently been one of the most esteemed members of the judiciary in the state, while also serving as a member of the board of trustees of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and chair of the NCJFCJ’s Committee on Diversity; and,
WHEREAS, Judge Thomas and his wife, Lori, have raised four fine children and have five grandchildren; and,
WHEREAS, Judge Thomas personifies the best attributes of judicial temperament, legal scholarship and a compassionate commitment to justice for all; and,
WHEREAS, In 2018, Judge Thomas received the Judge Elizabeth D. Pittman Award from the Black Law Students Association of Creighton University for his work in juvenile justice; and,
WHEREAS, Judge Thomas retired on February 1, 2018 after serving with distinction for 22 years on the Juvenile Court Bench.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THIS BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, DOUGLAS COUNTY, NEBRASKA, that this Board hereby recognizes the major contributions and remarkable achievements of the Honorable Wadie Thomas Jr. during his career as a public servant and his 22-year commitment to the Separate Juvenile Court for Douglas County, and congratulates him on his success.
DATED this 27th day of February, 2018
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