Justice Kenneth C. Stephan of the Nebraska Supreme Court, 1st Judicial District, is retiring effective July 1, 2015, after 18 years of service on the Supreme Court in Lincoln, Nebraska.
“I will leave the court with profound appreciation and gratitude for the collegiality and friendship of the judges with whom I have served; the loyalty and dedication of my law clerks and administrative assistant; and the support of the fine employees of the Judicial Branch,” said Justice Stephan in his resignation letter to Governor Ricketts. “They have made my service on the court an experience that I will always treasure.”
Justice Stephan served in the U.S. Army for three years before graduating from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1972. He worked as a lawyer in private practice from 1973 until 1997 when he was appointed to the Nebraska Supreme Court.
“All of his fellow Justices on the Nebraska Supreme Court have the highest respect for Ken Stephan’s judgment, his demeanor, and his integrity,” said Chief Justice Mike Heavican. “He will be greatly missed.”
While serving on the Court, Justice Stephan was on the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Lawyers Trust Account Foundation. He also served as the Supreme Court’s liaison to the Nebraska State Bar Commission and, beginning in 2008, the Commission on the Unauthorized Practice of Law.
As a founding member of the Supreme Court Technology Committee, Justice Stephan worked to optimize the use of technology throughout the court system. Beginning with the establishment of one of the nation’s first statewide case management systems for trial courts, Stephan led the Judicial Branch through development of several technological innovations including the launch of the Court’s first website. He served on the Technology Committee until 2012.
In 1997, Justice Stephan received the prestigious honor of becoming a Nebraska State Bar Foundation Fellow and a Judicial Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
The first step in replacing Justice Stephan will be for the Judicial Nominating Commission to announce the application deadline for the position.
Read Justice Stephan’s Judicial Profile: https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/5020/honorable-kenneth-c-stephan
Supreme Court Nominating Commission, 1st Judicial District: https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/2579/supreme-court-first-district