New Magistrate Judge for District of Nebraska:
On January 15, Cheryl Zwart began serving as a Magistrate Judge for the District of Nebraska. She succeeds Magistrate Judge David Piester, who retired in August.
Cheryl Zwart was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and presently resides in Lincoln, Nebraska. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Dakota in 1980, and obtained her law degree with high distinction from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1988. She focused on civil litigation while working at Knudsen Law Firm as associate and partner until 2001. She also served as a mediator in personal injury, contract, and employment disputes. While working at Knudsen, she served as an adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska College of Law, teaching civil clinic and pretrial litigation. In 2001 she began working as a law clerk for Judge Piester. In addition to her many law clerk duties, she worked on the pro se docket and served on the courtís Continuity of Operations Plan Committee and Docket and Local Rules Committee. She also continued to work as an adjunct professor, facilitator, and mentor at the University of Nebraska College of Law.