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December 12, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CT

Jen Rae Hein
Sue Roush

Gov. Heineman Appoints Kimberly M. Pankonin of Omaha to the District Court for the 4th Judicial District


(Lincoln, Neb.)  Gov. Dave Heineman today announced his appointment of Kimberly Miller Pankonin of Omaha to serve as a judge of the District Court for the 4th Judicial District. 

Pankonin, 42, has practiced law for 20 years, with 12 years in Nebraska. Over the past five years, she has practiced criminal law as a prosecutor with specializations in trial work and domestic violence. She has tried more than 100 cases including 34 felony cases and 10 homicide cases in Douglas County and additional cases in Texas.

Pankonin serves as a team leader over felony attorneys in the Douglas County Attorney’s Office and is a supervisor of the Douglas County Attorney’s Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit. She is a graduate of St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio, TX.

The vacancy is due to the retirement of Judge John D. Hartigan, Jr.


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