|Current Court Information:|
|Nebraska Supreme Court|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Dave Heineman|
|Past post:||U.S. District Attorney, Nebraska|
|Past post 2:||Assistant United States Attorney, District of Nebraska|
|Past term 2:||1991-2001|
|Undergraduate:||University of Nebraska, 1969|
|Law School:||University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law, 1974|
Mike Heavican is the chief justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court. He was appointed to the court by Gov. Dave Heineman and assumed office as the court's presiding justice on October 2, 2006. He was retained in 2010 and his current term ends in 2016. His position as chief justice gives him a seat on the Nebraska Judicial Qualifications Commission.
- 2006-2016: Chief Justice, Nebraska Supreme Court
- 2001-2006: United States Attorney, District of Nebraska
- 1991-2001: Assistant United States Attorney, District of Nebraska
- 1981-1991: Lancaster County Attorney
- 1981: Chief Deputy Lancaster County Attorney
- 1975-1980: Deputy Lancaster County Attorney
Appointment to the Supreme Court
U.S. Attorney Mike Heavican was named chief justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court by Gov. Dave Heineman on September 20, 2006. Heavican was the chief federal prosecutor in Nebraska, and according to Heineman, "brings 'a conservative, common-sense approach' to the court as a judge who will 'not make law from the bench.'" Heineman picked Heavican from three nominees presented to him by a judicial nominating commission. The others were Supreme Court Judge John Gerrard and District Judge John Icenogle of Kearney. In other reaction to Heavican’s appointment, Omaha attorney Dave Domina said Heavican has had “a tremendous amount of experience with the decision-making process as a prosecutor (and) proven himself capable of administration in two important and responsible law enforcement positions.” Heineman said he placed “a high priority on the management of courts” in choosing Heavican. As U.S. attorney, Heavican has managed 58 people and a $5 million budget, the governor said. 
Heavican was retained with 69.56% of the vote in 2010. 
- See also: Nebraska judicial elections, 2010
2012 judicial performance evaluation
Every two years, the Nebraska State Bar Association compiles responses from lawyers to evaluate judges in the state. Subjects are rated in seven categories, then a determination is made for whether the judge should be retained. The seven categories considered are: legal analysis; impartiality; attentiveness; opinions; judicial temperament and demeanor; appropriate communication; and timeliness.
87.1 percent of respondents stated that Justice Heavican should be retained in office. To read the full evaluation, see: Nebraska State Bar Association, 2012 Evaluation Results.
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. Heavican received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 1.05, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative 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 rather, an academic gauge of various factors.
- Official website of the Nebraska judiciary
- Nebraska Judicial Branch, Michael G. Heavican
- Bloomberg.com, "Nebraska Court Bans Executions Using Electric Chair", February 8, 2008
- JournalStar.com, "Heavican Named Chief Justice", September 19, 2006
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican (NE)
- ↑ Nebraska Judicial Branch, Michael G. Heavican
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 U.S. attorney Mike Heavican new Chief Justice
- ↑ Nebraska Secretary of State, 2010 General Election Results
- ↑ Stanford University "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012
|Former||John Gerrard • Harvey Johnsen •|