John M. Gerrard

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John Gerrard
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Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska
Incumbent
Assumed office
February 6, 2012
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Richard Kopf
Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court
In office
1995–2012
Appointed by Ben Nelson
Preceded by Thomas White
Succeeded by William Cassel
Personal details
Born (1953-11-02) November 2, 1953 (age 60)
Schuyler, Nebraska, U.S.
Alma mater Nebraska Wesleyan University
University of Arizona
University of the Pacific

John Melvin Gerrard (born November 2, 1953, in Schuyler, Nebraska) is a District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska.

Early life and education[edit]

Gerrard is a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University (B.S.), 1976; University of Arizona, Masters in Public Administration, 1977; and McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific (J.D.), 1981. He is a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.

Nebraska Supreme Court[edit]

In 1995, Nebraska Governor Ben Nelson appointed Gerrard to the Nebraska Supreme Court.[1] At 41 years of age, Gerrard was the youngest ever appointee to the Nebraska Supreme Court.[1] He left the court in 2012 upon appointment to the federal bench.

Prior to becoming a Supreme Court justice, he was in private practice in Norfolk, Nebraska from 1981 to 1995 and was City Attorney for Battle Creek, Nebraska from 1982 to 1995.[1]

Nomination to federal district court[edit]

In January 2011, Ben Nelson, now serving as a United States Senator from Nebraska, recommended Gerrard to fill a judicial seat on the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska that would be vacated later that year by Judge Richard G. Kopf.[1] On May 4, 2011, President Barack Obama formally nominated Gerrard to replace Kopf on the federal bench.[2][3]

The United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary reported Gerrard's nomination to the Senate floor on October 13, 2011. The Senate confirmed Gerrard's nomination on January 23, 2012, by a vote of 74 ayes to 16 nays. He received his commission on February 6, 2012.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Walton, Don (January 12, 2011). "Ben Nelson recommends John Gerrard as U.S. district judge". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved May 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ The White House: Office of the Press Secretary (May 4, 2011). "President Obama Nominates Six Judges to United States District Courts". whitehouse.gov. Retrieved May 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ The White House: Office of the Press Secretary (May 4, 2011). "Nominations Sent to the Senate". whitehouse.gov. Retrieved May 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ Biographical Directory of Federal Judges

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Thomas White
Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court
1995–2012
Succeeded by
William Cassel
Preceded by
Richard Kopf
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska
2012–present
Incumbent