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Brown’s Investiture Brings Douglas County Juvenile Court Judges Count to Six 5/22/18  05/22/18 11:00:24 AM Printer Friendly VersionPrinter Friendly Version

Hon. Chad Brown addressed the crowd in the Legislative Chambers, including many fellow judges, after taking the oath of office.
– Photo by Corey Solotorovsky
Brown’s Investiture Brings Douglas County
Juvenile Court Judges Count to Six

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

Chad Brown has been sworn in as a judge of the Douglas County Separate Juvenile Court three times now, one for real, one for show, and one for the cameras. We’re sure at least one of them took hold.
The formal investiture of Chad Brown took place Friday, May 11, in the Legislative Chambers of the Omaha-Douglas Civic Center, in front of a multitude of family and friends.

Hon. Gary Randall (left) and Hon. Chad Brown recreate Brown’s swearing-in for the camera last Tuesday. He was already sworn in weeks ago privately and formally on Friday, May 11.

Judge Brown was sworn in by Hon. Gary B. Randall of the Douglas County District Court  (he is also judge of the Douglas County Adult Drug Court). Brown was appointed by Governor Pete Ricketts to fill the position left by retiring Judge Wadie Thomas.
Omaha City Prosecutor Matthew Kuhse, took care of the introductions. Brown’s fellow Juvenile Court judge, Matthew Kahler delivered remarks about his friend and colleague. Attorney Robert Williams also spoke.
Assisting Brown in the robing ceremony were his wife, Hope, and his four young children, Brody, 14; Rowan, 12; Callen, 8; and Beckett, 5. Father Tom Fangman gave the invocation.
Brown addressed the crowd, with heartfelt thanks to the many people that contributed to his life and career leading up to that day. He thanked relatives that had traveled a distance to attend the ceremony, as well as his law school professors and his work colleagues and mentors in the legal community.
He singled out people like Lyn Ziegenbein, whose son he coached in basketball and who is now coaching in the same organization himself. He noted that coaching – something he’s done for 27 years – is his other passion, along with the law and family.
Attorney Kim Hawekotte, now director of the Nebraska Foster Care Review Office, was another influence he singled out, noting that both he and the other recent appointee to the Juvenile Court bench, Matt Kahler, learned the ropes from her. Brown says his interest in juvenile court stems from his days as a deputy county attorney under Hawekotte.
He praised his boss, Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine. Kleine has, in turn, praised Brown for his listening ability, his caring attitude and his passion for young people.
Brown told the story of his interview with the governor, who asked him what he considered his greatest accomplishment. He replied “Sitting here today with you.” Asked to explain, he launched into a long reply about his upbringing, his somewhat ambiguous choice of career, his early professional life, and summed it up by saying, “That is why I can say that sitting here today, in front of you, for this amazing opportunity, is the greatest accomplishment so far.”
Then, Brown said, “Governor Ricketts leaned back and said, ‘You don’t want to peak yet!’”
Those in the courthouse have little reason to believe that he has peaked, as the 42-year-old looks forward to a long stay on the bench.
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