Patrick McDermott (Ret.)

Schuyler, Nebraska

For the past fifteen years Judge Patick McDermott has served as a County Court Judge, the Court of Special Jurisdiction in the Nebraska system, serving eleven counties in North Central Nebraska.  He is a graduate of the Creighton University School of Law in 1974 and served in the Douglas County Public Defender’s Office doing juvenile cases until 1978.  From 1978 to 1997, Judge McDermott engaged in the general practice of law and served various counties in Western Nebraska as County Attorney.  In late 1997, he was appointed to the county court bench in the 5th District.  While serving as a county judge, he returned to the University of Nebraska at Omaha and earned a Master of Public Administration Degree and his capstone project was a pilot project testing whether the use of Skype to provide remote interpreter services to rural courts was viable.  The pilot was successful and the system adopted by the Courts of Nebraska.  Judge continues in graduate school in the College of Information Science and Quantitative Analysis of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  He serves as a member of the following Supreme Court advisory committees:  Interpreter Advisory Committee, Automation Advisory Committee, Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative, and is chairman of the Process Re-engineering Committee.  He is a member of the Law Advisory Committee, the Resource Committee and a Trustee of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.  Judge McDermott received the 2007 Nebraska Supreme Court Outstanding Judge for service to the Judiciary which is the highest honor given by the Chief Justice to recognize members of the judiciary for meritorious projects and exemplary accomplishments that enhance the vision of justice within Nebraska communities.