|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the District of Nebraska|
|Appointed by:||Barack Obama|
|Active:||1/23/2012 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Richard Kopf|
|Past post:||Nebraska Supreme Court|
|Home State:||Schuyler, NE|
|Undergraduate:||Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1976|
|Law School:||University of the Pacific Law, 1981|
|Grad. School:||University of Arizona, 1977|
John Gerrard is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska. He joined the court in 2012 after a nomination from Barack Obama. Prior to nomination, he was a justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court. He was appointed to the Nebraska Supreme Court by Governor Ben Nelson in 1995.
Early life and education
Gerrard earned his B.S. degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1976 and his master's of Public Administration from the University of Arizona in 1977. He attended the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific where he earned his J.D. in 1981.
District of Nebraska
|Court:||District of Nebraska|
|Progress:||Confirmed 264 days after nomination.|
|ABA Rating:||Unanimously Well Qualified|
Gerrard was recommended by Senator Ben Nelson for nomination by President Barack Obama to the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska. For more information on the recommendation: See here.
On May 4, 2011, Obama nominated John Gerrard to the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska to a seat vacated by Richard Kopf. Obama told the press, "These individuals have demonstrated the talent, expertise, and fair-mindedness Americans expect and deserve from their judicial system. I am grateful for their willingness to serve and confident that they will apply the law with the utmost impartiality and integrity."
Gerrard was rated Unanimously Well Qualified by the American Bar Association. He had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary committee on September 20, 2011 and you can find his Committee Questionnaire available here and his Questions for the Record available here.
On January 23, 2012, the United States Senate confirmed John Gerrard to a post on the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska with a vote of 74-16.
- Main article: Nebraska judicial elections, 2010
In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of State Supreme Court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Gerrard received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.61, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of -0.18 that justices received in Nebraska. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.
- United States District Court for the District of Nebraska
- News: Nebraska Supreme Court justice recommended for nomination to U.S. District Court judge, January 13, 2011
- Freedomforum.org, "Nebraska high court: Church needn't own property to be a church," April 22, 2002
- Biography from Federal Judicial Center
- FJC Bio for John Gerrard
- "President Obama Nominates Six Judges to United States District Courts" 5/4/2011
- Lincoln Journal Star "Gerrard's judicial nomination moves to Senate floor" October 13, 2011
- Nebraska Judicial Branch, John M. Gerrard - District 3
- Biography from Federal Judicial Center
- Lincoln Journal Star "Ben Nelson recommends John Gerrard as U.S. district judge," January 12, 2011
- "Nominations sent to senate," May 4, 2011
- 112th Congress Nomination Materials
- 112th Congress Confirmation]
- The Wall Street Journal, Nebraska - Summary Vote Results
- 2004 Nebraska Secretary of State, 2004 General Election Results
- Stanford University "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012
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