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Michael McCormack

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Michael McCormack
Current Court Information:
Nebraska Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $
Appointed by:   Gov. Ben Nelson
Active:   1997-2018
Past post:   Attorney in private practice
Past term:   1966-1997
Past post 2:   Assistant Public Defender, Douglas County
Past term 2:   1963-1966
Personal History
Law School:   Creighton University School of Law, 1963
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Supreme Court
State:  Nebraska
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  11/6/2012
Retention vote %:  70.36% ApprovedA

Michael McCormack is a justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court. He was appointed to the court on March 19, 1997 by Governor Ben Nelson. McCormack was retained in 2012. His current term expires in 2018.


McCormack earned his J.D. from Creighton University School of Law in 1963.[1]


  • 1997-2018: Justice, Nebraska Supreme Court
  • 1966-1997: Attorney in private practice
  • 1963-1966: Assistant Public Defender, Douglas County[1]



McCormack was retained in the general election on November 6, winning 70.36% of the vote.[2][3]

See also: Nebraska judicial elections, 2012

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.

90 percent of respondents stated that Justice McCormack should be retained in office. To read the full evaluation, see: Nebraska State Bar Association, 2012 Evaluation Results.


He was retained by voters, winning 75% of the vote.[4]


He was retained by voters in 2000 with 75% of the vote.[5]

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. McCormack received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.21, 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.[6]

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