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Honorable Riko E. Bishop

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Judge of the Court of Appeals, 1st Judicial District
(Lancaster and Seward County)


August 1993 - August 2013
Perry Guthery Haase & Gessford, P.C., L.L.O.
Positions of Attorney and Shareholder

January 1998 - January 1999
University of Nebraska College of Law
Adjunct Instructor

August 1992 - July 1993
Nebraska Court of Appeals
Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Richard D. Sievers

January 1986 - January 1989
Bader Rutter & Associates
Office Manager/Executive Assistant

January 1983 - January 1985
Bellevue Public Schools
Creative Writing Coordinator and Instructor, Gifted Program

January 1981 - January 1983
Mission Junior High School
English Teacher

January 1978 - January 1980
Elkhorn Junior High School
English Teacher


University of Nebraska College of Law, 1992
Juris Doctorate with Distinction

Kearney State College, 1977
B.A. Education, English

Judicial/Law Related Activities

Professional Affiliations

Nebraska State Bar Association (NSBA), Member (1992-Present)

Appellate Practice Section (Executive Committee, 2015-present)
Annual Meeting Committee (2006-2011; Planning Chair, 2006-2007)
Women and the Law Section (former member)
Labor Relations & Employment Law Section (former member)

American Bar Association (1992-Present)
Lincoln Bar Association (Board of Trustees, 2000-08; President, 2006-2007)

Law Day Committee (Chair, 1999-2007)

Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys (former member)
Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR) Advisory Council (Term 2012-2013)
Parenting Act Mediator, ODR Approved (2010)
Nebraska Mediation Association (2011-2013)
Nebraska Council of School Attorneys (President, 2003-2004)
National Council of School Attorneys (former member)
UNL College of Law Alumni Council (2004-2009; Executive Board, 2007-2009)
Robert Van Pelt American Inn of Court, Master of the Bench, Learned Hand Team (2014-present)

Nebraska Supreme Court Committees

Nebraska Supreme Court/NSBA Minority Justice Committee (1999-2011; Co-Chair, Access to Justice Subcommittee, 1999-2011)
Nebraska Supreme Court/NSBA Foundation, Law Related Education Subcommittee
Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Practice and Procedure (1998-present; Chair, 2014-present)
Nebraska Judicial Resources Commission (2004-2013)
Nebraska Supreme Court Commission on Children in the Courts, Parenting Act Subcommittee (2014-present)
Judicial Branch Education Advisory Committee (Chair, 2016-present)

Honors and Awards

UNL College of Law National Moot Court Team (1992)

National Brief Writing Award
Regional, Best Oral Advocate
Regional, Best Brief Award

Order of Barristers (1992)

Nebraska State Bar Foundation Fellow (2000)
An honor based on integrity and character. The Foundation recognizes established legal professionals who are dedicated to improving the administration of justice. Fellows are accredited by colleagues as leaders of the legal profession who contribute to the charitable and community education works of the Foundation.

Nebraska State Bar Association, Award of Appreciation (2006)

Government/Community Service

UNL College of Law, National Moot Court Team, volunteer judge
UNL College of Law, Grether Moot Court Competition, final round judge
UNL College of Law, Pre-Law Institute mentor, summer program for minority undergraduate students considering law school (2004, 2005)
Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education, 2007-2013 (Commission Vice Chair, 2012-2013; Budget, Construction, and Financial Aid, Chair, 2012-2013)
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry Military Academy Advisory Committee
City of Lincoln, Procurement Appeals Board (2011-2013)
Nebraska Club Board of Directors (2006-present; President, 2009-2012)
Nebraska Affirmative Action Committee (1997-2008; Chair, 2001-2008)
American Red Cross, Lancaster County Board of Directors (1995-1996)

Teaching and Publishing

Guest panelist, August 2016, Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, Criminal Defense Boot Camp, “View from the Bench”
Author, “De Novo on the Record for an Abuse of Discretion – What Does That Mean?” The Nebraska Lawyer, July/August 2016
Guest panelist, July 2016, NSBA Family Law Update, discussion on temporary custody/support practices and procedures
Guest speaker, June 2016, Lincoln South Rotary Club, “The Judicial Branch”
Presenter, frequently, Lincoln Bar Association Law Day Program
Presenter, April 2016, Sophomore Pilgrimage, “The Judicial Branch”
Keynote speaker, March 2016, Concordia University’s Annual Woman in Business Luncheon
Presenter, March 2016, Concordia University government class, “Appellate Courts”
Presenter, March 2016/2015, Falls City Lane Leadership Program, “Appellate Courts”
Presenter, February 2016/2015/2014, Grand Island Leadership Tomorrow, “The Judicial Branch”
Presenter, frequently since 2014, Nebraskans for Civic Reform, teaching middle and high school students about the judicial branch
Presenter, 2015/2014, UNL College of Law Black Law Student Association and Multicultural Legal Society Annual High School Diversity Day, panel participation on careers in the law
Presenter, frequently, UNL College of Law, Allen Moot Court panel on moot court program
Guest speaker, 2016/2015, UNL College of Law, Ethics Class, “Judicial Ethics”
Author, “A Few More Words on Appellate Briefs,” The Nebraska Lawyer, January/February 2016
Presenter, October 2015, Nebraska State Bar Association Annual Meeting, “The Importance of an Effective Brief: An Appellate Judge’s Perspective”
Presenter, UNL College of Law GAP Program, Family Law, “Drafting Family Law Documents”
Presenter, February 2013, Nebraska Council of School Administrators & Nebraska Association of School Boards, Education Forum, Keynote Session panel “Mock Board Meetings with Messages”
Presenter, annually from 1996-2013, Doane College Educational Leadership Program, on teacher evaluation and tenure laws, student rights and student discipline, students and First Amendment issues (speech and religion)
Presenter, March 2012, Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association, “Unemployment Benefits: Addressing and Avoiding Potential Pitfalls”
Presenter, November 2011, Nebraska State Education Conference, “School Safety and Security”
Presenter, June 2011, Nebraska Council of School Attorneys, School Law Seminar, “Domestic Relations: Parent Wars in the Schoolhouse”
Presenter, March 2011, Nebraska Association of School Boards, “Back to the Basics of School Law”
Presenter, November 2010, Nebraska State Education Conference, “Legal Issues Involving Technology and Social Media”



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