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1992 NSBA News 1 (1992)

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Appellate Court judges take oath Jan. 31

Six lawyers appointed to
Nebraska's new Intermediate Court
of Appeals will take the oath of
office Friday, Jan. 31.
Hon. William C. Hastings, chief
justice of the Nebraska Supreme
Court, will preside over the swearing-
in ceremony scheduled at 1:30 p.m.
in the East Senate Chambers at the
State Capitol in Lincoln. Gov. E.
Benjamin Nelson will also attend,
welcoming the judges on behalf of
the Nebraska citizenry.
The new Appellate Court judges
include:
1st District-Richard D. Sievers,
chief judge (Lincoln). Originally from
Scottsbluff, Sievers graduated from
Kearney State College and has prac-
ticed privately in Lincoln since
receiving his law degree from UNL
in 1972. He is 43 years old.
2nd District-Lindsay Miller-
Lerman (Omaha). Miller-Lerman is
the highest appointed woman judge
in Nebraska history. The 43-year-old
has practiced privately in Omaha

since 1976. Originally from Los
Angeles, Miller-Lerman earned
degrees from Wellesley College in
Massachusetts and the Columbia
University School of Law in
New York.
3rd District--Hon. Edward E.
Hannon (O'Neill). The oldest of the
Appellate Court judges, Hannon, 60,
practiced law in O'Neill from 1960
until his appointment as a district
court judge in 1983. Born in Omaha,
he is a graduate of the Creighton
University School of Law.
4tb District-John F Irwin
(Papillion). At 39, Irwin is the
youngest of the six judges, An
Omaha native who received an
undergraduate degree from UNO
and a law degree from Creighton
University, Irwin has been chief dep-
uty county attorney for Sarpy County
since 1981.
5tb District-William M. Connolly
(Hastings). A former Adams County
county attorney, Connolly has been
in private practice in Hastings since
1973. Connolly was born in Omaha

Gov. E. Benjamin Nelson of Lincoln introduces Nebraska's Appellate Court judges
at a Dec. 11 statehouse press conference.

and graduated from Creighton Uni-
versity School of Law in 1963. The
53-year-old lawyer is a former mem-
ber of the NSBA Executive Council
and House of Delegates.
6tb District-John F. Wright
(Scottsbluff). A native of Scottsbluff,
Wright has been in private practice
there since graduating from the UNL
College of Law in 1970. He is 45
years old.
Gov. E. Benjamin Nelson
announced the appointments Dec. 11
after considering 35 names forwarded
to him earlier by judicial nominating
commissions. It is believed the first
time a governor has appointed an
entire court as opposed to individual
judges.
Cases pending
Over 400 cases are pending in
Appellate Court since its inception
Sept. 6. The court was established
when voters approved a constitu-
tional amendment placed on the
November 1990 ballot by the
Nebraska Unicameral.
House to consider
legislative stance
The NSBA House of Delegates
convenes Jan. 31 to consider what
positions if any the Bar shall take on
pending legislation which impacts
the administration of justice.
Chair John 0. Sennett of Brokczn
Bow will call the meeting to order at
9 a.m. in the ballroom of Lincoln's
Cornhusker Hotel. It marks the first
meeting for 16 delegates elected to
the House in July 1991 balloting.
The second session of the 92nd
Nebraska Unicameral convened
Jan. 8, with new bills introduced
through Jan. 22. Over 460 unfinished
bills carried over to this year's 60-day
session from 1991.
(continued on page 2)

Issue 92-1

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