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Thomas Otepka

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Thomas Otepka
Current Court Information:
Nebraska District 4
Title:   Judge
Active:   2003 - Present
Past position:   Private practice lawyer
Past term:   1975 - 2003
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Creighton University
Law School:   Creighton University
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  District 4 Court
State:  Nebraska
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  11/6/2012
Retention vote:  108,357
Retention vote %:  68.53% ApprovedA

Thomas Otepka is a judge for District 4 Court in Nebraska. He has served in this position since 2003. He has also served as a judge on the Douglas County Adult Drug Court since 2009.[1][2]

2012 election

Otepka was retained in the general election on November 6, winning 68.53% of the vote.[3][4]

See also: Nebraska judicial elections, 2012

2012 judicial performance evaluation

Every two years, the Nebraska State Bar Association compiles responses from lawyers to evaluate judges in the state. Subjects are rated in seven categories, then a determination is made for whether the judge should be retained. The seven categories considered are: legal analysis; impartiality; attentiveness; opinions; judicial temperament and demeanor; appropriate communication; and timeliness.

96.3 percent of respondents stated that Judge Otepka should be retained in office. To read the full evaluation, see: Nebraska State Bar Association, 2012 Evaluation Results.


Otepka received a B.S. degree in Biology and a J.D. degree from Creighton University in 1969 and 1972, respectively.[1]


Otepka began his career in 1972 as an Assistant Omaha City Prosecutor. In 1975, he became a private practice lawyer. He then joined the District Court in 2003 and the Drug Court in 2009.[1]

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