June 2017

New Magistrate Judge for the District of Nebraska: Michael D. Nelson

On May 23, 2016, Michael D. Nelson was selected as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Nebraska, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Magistrate Judge F.A. Gossett III. Judge Nelson was officially sworn in on July 1, 2017.
He received his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1988, and his law degree from Creighton University School of Law in 1991.
After graduating from law school, he established a private practice focused on criminal defense. He was admitted to practice law in Nebraska and Iowa and before the federal courts in the District of Nebraska, Southern District of Iowa, and Northern District of Iowa, as well as the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
In addition to his legal practice, he has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, teaching in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. In 2009, he was the recipient of the school’s Rising Star Achievement Award.
He also received the 2017 College of Public Affairs and Community Service Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service. He was appointed to the Nebraska Commission for Public Advocacy and served from 2015 to 2017. In 2016 and 2017, he served as the Criminal Justice Act Panel Representative for the District of Nebraska.
Welcome, Judge Nelson!