Hon. William B. Cassel

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Hon. William B. Cassel


2012 - present
Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, 3rd Judicial District
2004 - 2012
Judge of the Court of Appeals, 3rd Judicial District
1992 - 2004 
Judge of the District Court, 8th Judicial District


1981 - 1992
City Attorney
Johnstown, NE

1981 - 1992
City Attorney
Long Pine, NE

1979 - 1992
City Attorney
Ainsworth, NE
1979 - 1992
Private practice of law
Ainsworth, NE


University of Nebraska College of Law, 1979
Juris Doctorate with distinction
Nebraska Law Review, Associate Editor
Order of the Coif
National Moot Court Team

University of Nebraska, 1977
Bachelor of Science with distinction

Judicial/Law Related Activities

Professional Affiliations
Nebraska State Bar Association
House of Delegates, 1983 - 1992
Real Estate Practice Guidelines Committee, 1987-1997, chair 1988-1990
Special Legal Services/Lawyer Referral Advisory Committee, 1987-1989, chair, 1987-1988
Special Committee on Nebraska Rules of Civil Procedure, 1987-1991
Committee on Membership Services, 1990-1992
Committee on Legislation, 1990-1992
Special Committee on Judicial Redistricting, 1991-1992
Judiciary Committee, 1999-2005
American Bar Association, 1979-2018
Northern Eighth Judicial District Bar Association
President, 1984-1985
Nebraska District Court Judges Association, 1992-2004
Child Support Guidelines Committee, 1993
Judicial Statistics and Redistricting Committee, 1994
Uniform Rules Committee, 1994
Education Committee, 1995-2004
Nebraska Supreme Court Committees
Committee on Technology, 1999-present, chair, 2004-present
SCCALES Automation Committee, 2010-present, chair, 2012-present
Language Access Committee, chair, 2012-2016
JUSTICE District Court Automation Committee, 2012
JUSTICE County Court Automation Committee, 2012
Automation Advisory Committee, 1995-2012
Judicial Ethics Committee, 2002-2004, 2007-2012, vice chair, 2012
Child Support Task Force, 1999
Committee on Pro Se Litigation, 2001-2004
Master of the Bench, Robert Van Pelt American Inn of Court, Learned Hand Team, 2005-2011, 2013-2020
Nebraska Registered Abstracter, 1988-2018 (inactive 1992-2018)
Nebraska Association of Bank Attorneys, former member
Nebraska Council of School Attorneys, former member
Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys, former member
Association of Trial Lawyers of America, former member

Honors and Awards

Warren K. Urbom Mentor Award, Robert Van Pelt American Inn of Court, 2020
Warren K. Urbom Mentor Award, Robert Van Pelt American Inn of Court, 2012
2011 Nebraska Supreme Court Distinguished Judge for Improvement of the Judiciary, co-recipient 
American Bar Foundation Fellow, elected 2005
2002 Nebraska Supreme Court Distinguished Judge for Service to the Community, co-recipient
2002 Nebraska State Bar Foundation award for service on host committee for 2001 National High School Mock Trial Competition 
Nebraska State Bar Foundation Fellow, elected 1994

Community Service

Ainsworth Airport Authority, 1980-1992
Nebraska High School Mock Trial Project Regional Coordinator, 1992-2003
Assistant coach for national competition, 1998, 2003
Presiding judge for local, regional, state, and national competitions, frequently, 1992-present
Guest lecturer, high school government classes
Church choir member for more than 34 years
Guest speaker, Memorial Day ceremony

Teaching and Publishing

Guest lecturer, frequently, UNL College of Law, on trial and appellate advocacy
Guest lecturer, annually 2007-2010, University of Nebraska Medical Center, on "Nebraska Court System"
Lecturer, annually, NSBA Leadership Academy, "Technology in Nebraska Courts," 
Lecturer, frequently, New Judge Orientation for Nebraska Trial Court Judges, on "Appeals"
Lecturer, 2008, New Judge Orientation for Nebraska Trial Court Judges, on "Judicial Demeanor"
Author and lecturer, Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys, 2007 Fall Seminar, on "Tips From the Bench"
Co-author, "Preservation of Error for Appellate Review," Nebraska Law Review Bulletin, published January 6, 2010
Author and lecturer, "Nebraska Child Support Guidelines," 1999 Young Lawyers Practice Seminar (later used in materials for 1999 NCLE Family Law Seminar)
Author and lecturer, "Rights of Possession," 1991 NCLE Real Estate Law Seminar