November/December 2011
In Memoriam: Judge Thomas M. Shanahan

On Tuesday, December 27, 2011, Judge Thomas M. Shanahan, retired judge for the District of Nebraska, passed away after a prolonged battle with bone cancer. He was 77.

Thomas Michael Shanahan was born in Omaha. He received his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame in 1956 and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1959. He began his legal career in private practice at the firm of McGinley, Lane, Mueller, and Shanahan in Ogallala, Nebraska. During his time in private practice he tried nearly 600 cases. In 1983 he was appointed as a judge for the Nebraska Supreme Court, where he served until his appointment to the federal bench in 1993. From 1960 to 1965 he also served as County Attorney for Arthur County, Nebraska.

Judge Shanahan was highly regarded for his expertise in the areas of evidence and procedure. He took senior status in 2004 and retired in 2007. In 2008 the Omaha Bar Association presented him with the Law Day Award for his exemplary ethics and contributions to justice. In 2010 he was awarded as Alumnus of the Year by the Omaha Notre Dame Chapter. The judge enjoyed fly-fishing in Montana and Wyoming with his wife in his spare time. He is survived by his wife, Jane, and their four children.



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