Official Nebraska Government Website

Welcome To the Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy

Office
The Apothecary Building, Suite 270
140 N. Eighth St., P.O. Box 98932
Lincoln, NE 68509-8932
Telephone: (402) 471-7774
Fax: (402) 471-8087

Chief Counsel
James R. Mowbray
Telephone: (402) 471-7778
E-mail: jmowbray@ncpa.ne.gov

Statutory Reference: Neb. Rev. Stat. sect. 29-3923

 

BACKGROUND

The Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy was created in 1995 to provide property tax relief to counties in their representation of indigent defendants charged with first-degree murder and serious violent or drug-related felonies, including juvenile cases at trial and on direct appeal. The commission also provides legal assistance to public defenders and court-appointed attorneys. The system provides property tax relief because counties pay nothing for such legal services and associated costs.

The commission consists of nine members appointed by the governor from a list of attorneys submitted by the executive council of the Nebraska State Bar Association after consultation with the board of directors of the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association. A member is appointed from each of the six state Supreme Court districts, and three members are appointed at large. Members must belong to the Nebraska State Bar Association and have substantial experience in criminal defense work. They may not be prosecutors, law enforcement officials or judges during their terms of office. Members serve six-year terms. The governor designates the chairperson of the commission. Members are reimbursed for expenses.

The commission appoints a chief counsel to supervise the divisions of the commission. These divisions are the capital litigation division, which helps in the defense of Nebraska capital cases; the violent crime and drug defense division, which helps in the defense of such cases; the appellate division, which prosecutes appeals to the state Court of Appeals and Supreme Court; the DNA testing division, which helps in representation in such cases and to pay for DNA testing; and the major case resource center, which helps public defenders, contracting attorneys or court-appointed attorneys with the defense of a felony offense. The chief counsel also manages the Legal Aid and Services Fund and the Civil Legal Services Fund.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the agency is to assist Nebraska counties in providing indigent defense services, which are mandated by the State and Federal constitutions and State laws establishing crime and penalties, and to assist indigent citizens who are in need of civil legal services and cannot afford to hire an attorney. Its mission also includes reimbursing qualifying counties for adherence to indigent defense standards and to represent qualifying indigent prisoners under the DNA Testing Act, both efforts which have been affected by funding cuts. This agency is also assisting indigent citizens who are in need of civil legal services and cannot afford to hire an attorney.

 

Member Represents Term Expires
Robert Lindemeier, Chair
1020 So. Dewey St.
P.O. Box 906
North Platte, NE 69103
(308) 534-6740
Fax: (308) 534-7666
Email: boblindemeier@hotmail.com
At Large (6-year term)
[3rd Appointment, Expires 11-3-2015]
 
Jonathan M. Braaten                          
1630 K St. 
Lincoln, NE 68508
(402) 477-8800
Fax: (402) 477-8868
Cell: (402) 617-6764
E-mail: jbraaten@acwlaw.com
At Large (6-year term)
[1st Appointment, Expires 11-3-2019]
 
Jackie Barfield
6651 Sorensen Pkwy.
Omaha, NE 68152
(402) 926-4428
Fax: (402) 926-0028
Cell:(402) 212-4928
E_mail: jbarlaw@aol.com

At Large (6-year term)
[1st Appointment, Expires 11-3-2017]
 
Coleen J. Nielsen
140 N. 8th St,. #340
Lincoln, NE 68508
(402) 441-4848
Fax: (402) 441-4840
Cell:(402) 432-9352
E_mail: coleen@brennanniesenlaw.com

First DIstrict (6-year term)
[1st Appointment, Expires 11-3-2017]
 
Horacio J. Wheelock
319 So. 17th St., Suite 230
Omaha, NE 68102 
(402) 342-9147
Fax: (402) 342-9531
Cell: (402) 312-1858
E-mail: hjwheelock@yahoo.com
Second District (6-year term)
[1st Appointment, Expires 11-3-2019]
 
 
Douglas J. Stratton
200 W. Benjamin Ave.
P. O. Box 888
Norfolk, NE 68702-0888
(402) 371-3100
Fax: (402) 379-4338
Cell: (402) 649-0501
E-mail: stratton@inebraska.com
Secretary: Kari
Third District (6-year term)
[2nd Appointment, Expires 11-3-2015]
 
Thomas P. Strigenz
1256 Golden Gate Dr., Suite 2
Papillion, NE 68046
(402) 593-5933
Fax: (402) 593-5939
Cell: (402) 669-0089
E-mail: tstrigenz@sarpy.com
Fourth District (6-year term)
[1st Appointment, Expires 11-3-2015]
 
Julie A. Effenbeck
422 E St., Suite 5
Fairbury, NE 68352
(402) 729-2282
Fax: (402) 729-3498
Cell: (402) 300-0341
E-mail: jeffenbeck@yahoo.com

Fifth District (6-year term)
[1st Appointment, Expires 11-3-2019]
 
Nancy S. Freburg
P. O. Box 295
Kearney, NE 68848
(308) 234-5779
Fax: (308) 237-7784
Sixth District (6-year term)
[4th Appointment, Expires 11-3-2017]
 
     

Staff:

  • James R. Mowbray, Chief Counsel, telephone (402) 471-7778, jmowbray@ncpa.ne.gov
  • Jeffery A. Pickens, Attorney, capital litigation division, telephone (402) 471-7775, jpickens@ncpa.ne.gov
  • Robert W. Kortus, Attorney, appellate division and major case resource center, telephone (402) 471-8086, rkortus@ncpa.ne.gov
  • Kelly S. Breen, Attorney, violent crime and drug defense division, telephone (402) 471-8085, kbreen@ncpa.ne.gov
  • Todd W. Lancaster, Attorney, violent crime and drug defense division, telephone (402) 471-8026, tlancaster@ncpa.ne.gov
  • Sarah P. Newell, Attorney, capital litigation division, telephone (402) 471-8084, snewell@ncpa.ne.gov
  • Rita J. Wesely, Admin Asst/Fiscal Officer, telephone (402) 471-8088, rwesely@ncpa.ne.gov
  • Shara Aden, Paralegal, telephone (402) 471-7776, saden@ncpa.ne.gov