Michael Fenner
Michael Fenner
Professor Emeritus

From 1969-1972 Professor Fenner was a trial attorney in the Honors Law Graduate Program with the United States Department of Justice. In 1970, he received the U.S. Department of Justice Special Achievement Award. He joined the Creighton School of Law faculty in 1972.

Professor Fenner is past President of the Nebraska State Bar Association. He is a member of the Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Practice and Procedure and the House of Delegates of the Nebraska Bar Association, and past chairperson of the Evidence section of the Association of American Law Schools. Professor Fenner received the Nebraska State Bar Foundations 1992 Shining Light award. He is a frequent speaker at continuing education programs for lawyers, judges, and their support staffs. In addition to the authoring of numerous articles, he has also published a number of pieces of “editorial whimsy” in a variety of popular papers and magazines. As Reporter for the Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Practice and Procedure, Professor Fenner has primary responsibility for Nebraska’s pattern jury instructions for civil trials, NJI2d Civ., and is the author of the annual supplements to NJI2d Civ. (West). Professor Fenner retired in 2019.

  • B.A. (1965), Kansas University
  • J.D. (1969), University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • G. Michael Fenner, Edward Snowden: Hero or Traitor?, NEB LAW., Nov./Dec. 2014, at 13, reprinted in BRIEFCASE (Okla. Cnty. Bar Ass’n), Dec. 2014, at 11, and in MONT. LAW., Dec./Jan. 2014/2015, at 14, and in ADVERSE WITNESS (Collier Cnty. Bar Ass’n), Feb. 2015, at 13, and in BAR BULL. (King Cnty. Bar Ass’n), Apr. 2015, at 16, and in ACBA NEWS (Alamedo Cnty. Bar Ass’n), Nov. 25, 2014, https://acbanews.wordpress.com/?s=fenner&submit=Search.
  • G. Michael Fenner, Past President’s Page: Honey, I’m Home!, NEB. LAW., Nov./Dec. 2014, at 5.
  • G. Michael Fenner, What If I Had to Drive to Vermillion, S.D., to See a Doctor?, CREIGHTON LAW., Fall 2014, at 6.
  • G. Michael Fenner, President’s Page: NSBA Self-Help Desks, NEB. LAW., Sept./Oct. 2014, at 3. G. Michael Fenner, President’s Page: The Impaired Attorney, NEB. LAW., July/Aug. 2014, at 3.
  • G. Michael Fenner, President’s Page: The 35-40 Foot Fall, NEB. LAW., May/June 2014, at 3.
  • G. Michael Fenner, President’s Page: Moving Through Dangerous and Difficult Waters, NEB. LAW., Mar./Apr. 2014, at 3.
  • G. Michael Fenner, President’s Page: Todd Elsbernd, NEB. LAW., Jan./Feb. 2014, at 3.
  • G. Michael Fenner, President’s Page: Hello: Gratitude: Jane, Liz, You All, and a Rhinocerous, NEB. LAW., Nov./Dec. 2013, at 3.
  • The Admissibility of Web-Based Evidence, 47 Creighton Law Review 63 (2013)
  • President’s Page, The Nebraska Lawyer, Nov./Dec. 2013-present (column)
  • Attorney-Client Privilege – Ten Important Cases Handed Down in Roughly the Past Year, The Nebraska Lawyer, Mar./Apr. 2012, at 5
  • Attorney Deception: The Honorable Lyle E. Strom & Professor Tory L. Lucas, The Nebraska Lawyer, May/June 2012, at 29
  • The Admissibility of Web-Based Evidence, The Nebraska Lawyer, Nov./Dec. 2011, at 5
  • Evidentiary Problems Associated with the Introduction of Web-based Evidence, CONSIDERCHAPTER13.ORG (Dec. 2010)
  • Today’s Confrontation Clause (after Crawford and Melendez-Diaz), 43 Creighton Law Review 35 (2009)
  • Reflections on the Job: Joe Edney, 1956-1983, The Creighton Lawyer Fall 2007, at 20
  • Intelligent Design and Presidential Power in Time of War, The Creighton Lawyer, Spring 2006, at 28
  • The First Step in the Nomination of a Justice is a Vacancy on the Court, The Creighton Lawyer, Fall 2005, at 28
  • The Hearsay Rule, Carolina Academic Press, 3d ed. (2013)
  • Nebraska Jury Instructions: Civil, West Group, 2d ed., (2000-Present)
  • G. Michael Fenner, Op-Ed., Guardians Ad Litem Must Remain Attorneys, OMAHA WORLD-HERALD, July 24, 2014, at 5B.