United States District Court for the District of Nebraska

United States District Court for the District of Nebraska
(D. Neb.)
Appeals to: Eighth Circuit
Established: March 25, 1867
Judges assigned: 3
Chief Judge: Laurie Smith Camp

The United States District Court for the District of Nebraska (in case citations, D. Neb.) is the Federal district court whose jurisdiction is the state of Nebraska. Court offices are in Omaha, Lincoln, and North Platte.

Appeals from the District of Nebraska are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Nebraska represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current United States Attorney is Deborah R. Gilg.[1]

The Chief Judge of the District of Nebraska is Judge Laurie Smith Camp.

Notable case

In May 2005, Judge Joseph Bataillon struck down a constitutional amendment passed by Nebraska voters in 2000 that would have banned gay marriages. That decision, however, was reversed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. In its opinion issued on July 14, 2006, the Eighth Circuit held: the amendment rationally related to legitimate state interests, and therefore did not violate Equal Protection Clause; the amendment could not be considered bill of attainder; the amendment did not violate homosexuals' First Amendment right to associate; and the amendment did not violate homosexuals' First Amendment right to petition government for redress of grievances.

Current judges

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
20 Chief Judge Laurie Smith Camp Omaha 1953 2001–present 2011–present G.W. Bush
21 District Judge John M. Gerrard Lincoln 1953 2012–present Obama
22 District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. Omaha 1956 2016–present Obama
15 Senior Judge Lyle Elmer Strom Omaha 1925 1985–1995 1987–1994 1995–present Reagan
17 Senior Judge Richard G. Kopf Lincoln 1946 1992–2011 1999–2004 2011–present G.H.W. Bush
19 Senior Judge Joseph F. Bataillon Omaha 1949 1997–2014 2004–2011 2014–present Clinton

Former judges

# Judge State Born–died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Dundy, Elmer ScipioElmer Scipio Dundy NE 1830–1896 1868–1896 Johnson, A.A. Johnson death
2 McHugh, William DouglasWilliam Douglas McHugh NE 1859–1923 1896–1897 Cleveland, Cleveland not confirmed[2]
3 Munger, William HenryWilliam Henry Munger NE 1845–1915 1897–1915 Cleveland, Cleveland death
4 Munger, Thomas CharlesThomas Charles Munger NE 1861–1941 1907–1941 1941 Roosevelt, T.T. Roosevelt death
5 Woodrough, Joseph WilliamJoseph William Woodrough NE 1873–1977 1916–1933 Wilson, Wilson reappointment
6 Donohoe, James A.James A. Donohoe NE 1877–1956 1933–1956 1948–1956 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
7 Delehant, John WayneJohn Wayne Delehant NE 1890–1972 1942–1957 1956–1957 1957–1972 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
8 Robinson, Richard EarlRichard Earl Robinson NE 1903–1991 1956–1972 1957–1972 1972–1991 Eisenhower, Eisenhower death
9 Van Pelt, RobertRobert Van Pelt NE 1897–1988 1957–1970 1970–1988 Eisenhower, Eisenhower death
10 Urbom, Warren KeithWarren Keith Urbom NE 1925–present 1970–1990 1972–1986 1990–2014 Nixon Nixon retirement
11 Denney, Robert VernonRobert Vernon Denney NE 1916–1981 1971–1981 1981 Nixon, Nixon death
12 Dier, Richard A.Richard A. Dier NE 1914–1972 1971–1972 Nixon, Nixon death
13 Schatz, Albert GerardAlbert Gerard Schatz NE 1921–1985 1973–1985 Nixon, Nixon death
14 Beam, C. ArlenC. Arlen Beam NE 1930–present 1981–1987 1986–1987 Reagan, Reagan reappointment
16 Cambridge, William G.William G. Cambridge NE 1931–2004 1988–2000 1994–1999 Reagan, Reagan retirement
18 Shanahan, Thomas MichaelThomas Michael Shanahan NE 1934–2011 1993–2004 2004–2011 Clinton, Clinton death

Succession of seats

Seat 1
Seat established on March 25, 1867 by 15 Stat. 5
Dundy 1868–1896
McHugh 1896–1897
W. Munger 1897–1915
Woodrough 1916–1933
Donohoe 1933–1956
Robinson 1956–1972
Dier 1971–1972
Schatz 1973–1985
Strom 1985–1995
Bataillon 1997–2014
Rossiter, Jr. 2016–present

Seat 2
Seat established on February 27, 1907 by 34 Stat. 997
T. Munger 1907–1941
Delehant 1942–1957
Van Pelt 1957–1970
Urbom 1970–1990
Kopf 1992–2011
Gerrard 2012–present

Seat 3
Seat established on June 2, 1970 by 84 Stat. 294
Denney 1971–1981
Beam 1981–1987
Cambridge 1988–2000
Smith Camp 2001–present

Seat 4
Seat established on December 1, 1990 by 104 Stat. 5089 (temporary)
Shanahan 1993–2004
Seat abolished on May 5, 2004 (temporary judgeship expired)

See also


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