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John Gerrard

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John Gerrard
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Nebraska
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #2
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   1/23/2012 - Present
Preceded by:   Richard Kopf
Past post:   Nebraska Supreme Court
Past term:   1995-2012
Personal History
Born:   1953
Hometown:   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.[1][2][3]

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.[4]

Professional career

  • Private practice lawyer in Norfolk, 1981-1995
  • City Attorney for Battle Creek, 1982-1995[4][5]

Judicial career

District of Nebraska

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:John Gerrard
 Court:District of Nebraska
 Progress:Confirmed 264 days after nomination.
ApprovedAABA 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.[6] 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.[7] 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."[2]

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.[8]

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.[9]



Gerrard was retained with 69% of the vote.[10]

Main article: Nebraska judicial elections, 2010


He was retained by voters in 2004, winning 73% of the vote.[11]


He was retained by voters in 1998.

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

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.[12]

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