Gov. Pete Ricketts says he was impressed with the background of Lancaster County District Judge Stephanie Stacy, who he appointed to the Supreme Court.
Ricketts appointed Stacy to the Supreme Court, First Judicial District to succeed Justice Kenneth Stephan, who retired in July.
“Judge Stacy really has a great background,” Ricketts tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “It’s one of the advantages when you’re looking at the Supreme Court. If one of the applicants is already a judge you can see how they look at different perspectives or write different opinions and Judge Stacy is someone who is very thorough in her research, very thorough in her writings about different cases that she has been involved with.”
Stacy handled one high profile case in which she struck down the state law used to determine the route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline through Nebraska.
Prior to being appointed to the District Court in 2011, Stacy was a partner at Baylor, Evnen, Curtiss, Grimit & Witt, LLP and Adjunct Faculty teaching Trial Advocacy and Pretrial Litigation at the University of Nebraska College of Law.
Stacy holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated with distinction from the University of Nebraska College of Law.
This is Gov. Ricketts first appointment to the Nebraska Supreme Court. He chose Stacy from a group of three finalists.
“I was very impressed with her. She has a great judicial temperament; somebody who, I think, will really add a lot to the Supreme Court,” Ricketts says.
Stacy is the second woman appointed to the state Supreme Court.