Nebraska Supreme Court
Nebraska Supreme Court

The Nebraska Supreme Court was in session in the Gross Appellate Courtroom in the Ahmanson Law Center at Creighton University’s School of Law on March 30. Justices heard five cases followed by a question-and-answer (Q&A) session with students.

The Nebraska Supreme Court has traveled annually to Creighton—as well as to the University of Nebraska College of Law—for more than 30 years. This is an effort to make the court’s business accessible to students on their campuses. In addition to the Q&A session, justices spend time talking to students about the appellate process and career opportunities as lawyers. Cases are selected to demonstrate the variety of legal arguments that face the court system on a regular basis.

Chief Justice Michael Heavican said he was pleased to be back at Creighton for this annual event. “Once again, the Nebraska Supreme Court had an excellent experience holding oral arguments at Creighton University School of Law,” he said. “I was impressed by the questions the Creighton students posed following the arguments. The students were all very respectful of the court and eager to learn about the appellate process in Nebraska courts.”

Alumni who either argued cases or served co-counsel roles in the day’s events include:

  • Benjamin M. Belmont, JD’84
  • Patrick S. Cooper, JD’02
  • Richard A. DeWitt, JD’05
  • William Oliver Jenkins, JD’11
  • Jill M. Mason, JD’08
  • Travis Penn, JD’13
  • Steven G. Ranum, JD’11
  • Jeffrey A. Silver, JD’75
  • Kelsey M. Weiler, JD’15

Alumni who serve roles as current law clerks include:

  • Dan Cummings, JD’16, for Justice John Wright
  • Kaela McCabe, JD’16, for Chief Justice Michael Heavican
  • Shelly Montgomery, JD’11, for Justice Lindsey Miller-Lerman
  • Natalie Sindelar, JD’15, for Justice Max Kelch

Carol C. Knoepfler, assistant professor, who formerly clerked for Justice Miller-Lerman, was also in attendance.

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