Hon. Richard A. Birch

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Hon. Richard A. Birch


2011 - present
Judge of the District Court, 11th Judicial District
Arthur, Chase, Dawson, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Gosper, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker, Keith, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Perkins, Red Willow, & Thomas counties
Prior Judicial Experience
Administrative Hearing Officer
     Lincoln County, NE, 2000 - 2011, employment hearings
     Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 2000 - 2011
     Nebraska Department of Education,
          1991 - 2011, enrollment option
          1982 - 2011, special education
          1989 - 1991, food and nutrition


1983 - 2011
Nielsen & Birch Law Offices, partner
North Platte, NE
1982 - 2011
Nebraska Department of Education, Administrative Hearing Officer
North Platte, NE
1979 - 1982
Crosby & Nielsen, Associate
North Platte, NE
1976 - 1978
Lancaster County District Court, Law Clerk
Lincoln, NE
Nebraska Unicameral, Research Assistant
Lincoln, NE



University of Nebraska College of Law, 1978
Juris Doctorate With Distinction

Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1975
Bachelor of Arts - Political Science, major, Humanities, minor

Judicial/Law Related Activities

Professional Affiliations
United States District Court for the District of Nebraska
Nebraska State Bar Association

Honors and Awards

Order of the Coiff
Associate Editor, University of Nebraska Law Review Executive Board
Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Art and Science of Advocacy, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1977 - 1978

Teaching & Publishing

Adjunct Professor, Mid-Plains Community College, 1983 - 2005
Adjunct Professor, Chadron State College, 1996 - 2004
Adjunct Professor, University of Nebraska-Kearney, 1983 - 1995