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Newest federal judge has local connection

A Nebraska Supreme Court judge who has been apointed as federal judge for the United States District Court, District of Nebraska has a Gothenburg connection.

Justice John Gerrard has resigned his office effective Feb. 5 to accept his appointment as a federal judge for the United States District Court, District of Nebraska.

Gerrard is married to the former Nancy Fickenscher, the daughter of Allen and Maxine Fickenscher of Gothenburg. The couple reside in Lincoln.

His in-laws report that one of his favorite outdoor activities is play golf at Wild Horse Golf Club.

In his letter of resignation to Gov. Dave Heineman, Justice Gerrard noted, “It has been my honor, and a privilege, to serve the citizens of Nebraska as a Supreme Court judge these past 16 years.”

Gerrard was appointed to the Nebraska Supreme Court in 1995. He was nominated to the U. S. District Court in May 2011 to fill the position vacated by Judge Richard G. Kopf.

Originally from Schuyler, Gerrard graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1975, earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Arizona in 1977 and a law degree from Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1981.

He was senior partner in the Norfolk law firm of Gerrard, Stratton and Ptak when he was named to the Nebraska Supreme Court. He also served the Norfolk area as a Nebraska Probation Officer prior to attending law school.

Since Gerrard’s appointment in 1995, he has been devoted to improving the law and the judicial system for all Nebraskans.

“Justice Gerrard will be greatly missed by our Court, said Chief Justice Mike Heavican, he is an outstanding judge and colleague. Under his direction, many of our committees and projects have taken root and will continue to grow.”

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