Ricketts accepts Volkmer to fill the vacancy on the Judiciary Bank | Latest Headlines

Gov. Pete Ricketts appointed Cindy R. Volkmer Friday afternoon to fill a vacancy on the 11th Circuit bench.

Volkmer and attorney Chawnta Durham were the finalists referred by the Judiciary Commission in mid-August to fill the judge’s post, which became vacant with Richard Birch’s resignation at the end of May.

The two were selected from an initial group of five candidates who applied for the position.

The judiciary will be based in Lincoln County and the 11th Judicial District will also consist of Arthur, Chase, Dawson, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Gosper, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker, Keith, Logan, McPherson, Perkins, Red Willow counties and Thomas.

Volkmer, 37, has practiced law with Kelley, Scritsmier & Byrne in North Platte since 2015 and became a partner in 2020. Her focus is on civil procedural law.

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Her husband, Tyler, is an assistant attorney for Lincoln County and serves as counsel for the county board.

Volkmer’s areas of experience include family law, paternity law, trust disputes, contract disputes, labor disputes, agricultural matters, debt collection matters and creditors’ rights in insolvencies.

Before turning to law, Volkmer taught math at Omaha Benson High School from 2007 to 2012.

Volkmer holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska College of Law.

Also on Friday, Robin Cobaugh was selected as clerk for Keith and Arthur counties.

Cobaugh, a clerk in Keith County, will take up the position on September 30, according to a media release from the Nebraska Judicial Branch.

Cobaugh will replace Lori Hill, who is stepping down from the clerk’s position after two decades.

“Robin has been an associate clerk for Keith County Court for 12 years and has experience in multiple case types,” said Sheryl Connolly, chief of court services, in the press release. “She will continue to provide exceptional service to the court and the public in her new role.”

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