Court of Appeals Judge Richard D. Sievers of Lincoln, Nebraska announced his last day on the bench will be May 31, 2013. Sievers began work as the first judge of the Nebraska Court of Appeals in mid-December 1991, and served as the Court’s Chief Judge from 1992 through 1996.
In his resignation letter to the Governor Judge Sievers noted, “It has been a great honor to have served over 21 years on the Court, since its beginning in January 1992 when the original six judges took office and the State’s newly-formed appellate court began operation.” He continued, “I have served with every judge who has been a member of the Court, including four former members of the Court who now sit on the Nebraska Supreme Court. To have served with all of the Court’s judges, those that have passed on, as well as those that now form the core of the Supreme Court, has, in itself, been a unique pleasure and opportunity.”
Sievers distinguished himself throughout his legal career by promoting access to the legal system and educating Nebraska youth on the workings of the Third Branch of Government. He served on several national and local committees including the National Advisory Council for the American Judicature Society, the Nebraska Supreme Court’s Practice and Procedure Committee, the Nebraska Continuing Legal Education Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors for Legal Services of Southeast Nebraska. Sievers also served for seven years as the Nebraska Board of Directors representative for the National High School Mock Trial Championship. As founding chairman of the Nebraska Supreme Court Pro Se (Self-Represented) Litigation Committee, Sievers was recognized as the 2005 Outstanding Judge for Service to the Community, the highest honor given by the Nebraska Supreme Court.
After taking the bench on the first day of court in January 1992, Judge Sievers was retained in his position by area voters through several retention elections, most recently in 2008.
In summarizing his work on the Court of Appeals, Judge Sievers noted, “It was the commitment of my fellow judges on the Court to fairness, truth, justice and the integrity of the legal system that made my time on the Court so very special. We always worked diligently to simply get the decision right. That was our overriding commitment to each other, to the judicial system, and to the citizens of Nebraska. Our mutual commitment in this regard has been at the core of the Court’s mission, and was a large part of what made being part of the Court so meaningful.”
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