A Douglas County judge will retire after 21 years on the bench.
Judge Edna R. Atkins, 68, said in a letter to Nebraska Chief Justice Michael Heavican that she plans to retire Sept. 30. Atkins became a judge in January 1992.
“I have enjoyed serving the State of Nebraska in this capacity,'' she wrote to Heavican. “It has been a great honor and privilege to have served these many years in our judicial system.”
Atkins is on the Minority Justice Committee and the Supreme Court Personnel Board.
She is a founding member of the Midlands Bar Association and a fellow in the Nebraska State Bar Foundation, an honor given based on integrity and character.
She practiced law for two decades before her appointment to the bench by then-Gov. Ben Nelson.
Atkins was a staff attorney for the Omaha Legal Aid Society from 1970 to 1981, then opened a private practice. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the Creighton University School of Law.
The Judicial Resources Commission will meet to determine whether Atkins' retirement creates a vacancy in the 4th Judicial District. The decision will be based on judicial workload statistics.