In 1991, after 15 years as a prosecutor and private practitioner, Judge Irwin was appointed by former Senator Ben Nelson, then Governor Nelson, as one of the original six members of the Nebraska Court of Appeals; serving as Chief Judge from 1998 through 2004; and, being elected President of the Council Of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal in 2004. His interest and activity are in the areas of court reform, access to the courts, judicial education, and the study of implicit bias and its effects on judicial ethics, judicial decision making and the law.
Creighton University School of Law, 1977
University of Nebraska-Omaha, 1974
Bachelor of Arts
Supreme Court of the United States
American Bar Association
Nebraska Bar Association
Omaha Bar Association
Sarpy County Bar Association (1st President)
2013-2017, Nebraska State Bar Association Executive Council Representative for the Fourth Supreme Court District.
2001-2012, Chair of the Nebraska Supreme Court Judicial Branch Education Committee.
2001-2012, Chair/Officer/Director of the Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal.
2000-2012, Co-Chair of the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Subcommittee of the Nebraska Supreme Court Minority Justice Committee.
2007-2009, Steering Committee Member of the 14th ABA Appellate Practice Institute. Chicago, IL
2005-2012, Co-Chair of the Nebraska Appellate Judges’ Spring Education Meetings.
2005-2007, Secretary of the American Bar Association Appellate Judge’s Conference.
2005–2007, Chair of the American Bar Association Appellate Judge’s Conference (AJC) Bylaws Committee.
2004-2005, President of the Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal.
1998-2006 & 2012, Member of the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee.
1999-2004, Co-Chair of the Nebraska Supreme Court Technology Committee.
2000-2004, Judicial Member of the Robert Spire Inns of Court.