Investiture Ceremony for Justice Jonathan Papik Held in Early May

Investiture Ceremony for Justice Jonathan Papik Held in Early May

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Warner Legislative Chamber in the Nebraska State Capitol was standing room only for Supreme Court Justice Jonathan Papik’s investiture on May 7, 2018. Former partners from the Cline Williams Law Firm and residents of Stromsburg, Nebraska, packed the balconies while family, judges and staff filled the main floor.

Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court Mike Heavican served as host the ceremony; Governor Pete Ricketts presented the Certificate of Appointment; and Hon. Neil M. Gorsuch, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, administered the oath of office.

During remarks regarding Papik, Gorsuch quoted the words credited to the Greek philosopher Socrates who described the four essential qualities that belong to a good judge as being able to hear courteously; to answer wisely; to consider soberly; and to decide impartially. Gorsuch noted that it takes some people many years to achieve the Socrates standard, and others just have it. Turning to Heavican, Gorsuch remarked, “Mr. Chief Justice, I am pleased to report to you that Jonathan Papik just has it.”

Jonathan Papik represents the 4th Appellate Court Judicial District.


Read more:

Lincoln Journal Star: Papik: 'I will do my absolute best to apply the law faithfully and impartially'   

Omaha World Herald: Neil Gorsuch swears in youngest person to ever serve on Nebraska Supreme Court


Photo: Justice Papik is robed by his wife, Rachel, and their three children: Bob, Maggie and Noelle.