January/February 2012
New District Judge for District of Nebraska: John M. Gerrard

On Monday, January 23, 2012, the Senate confirmed John M. Gerrard as a U.S. District Judge for the District of Nebraska. He fills the vacancy left by Judge Richard Kopf, who took senior status in December.

Judge Gerrard is a native of Schuyler, Nebraska. He received his undergraduate degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1975, his Masterís degree in Public Administration from the University of Arizona in 1977, and his law degree from Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1981. From 1981 to 1995, he practiced in a general litigation law firm in Norfolk, Nebraska. During this time he also served as the City Attorney for Battle Creek, Nebraska. In 1995, he was appointed to the Nebraska Supreme Court.

In addition to authoring over 480 opinions for the court, he also promoted racial and ethnic fairness in the court system and pushed for technologies that would make the system more user-friendly for all citizens. As a result, in 2006, he was named the Distinguished Judge for Improvement of the Judicial System, and in 2008, he received the Legal Pioneer award from the Nebraska State Bar Foundation.

Welcome, Judge Gerrard!

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