The United States District Court for the District of Nebraska wishes to inform you of several important matters.

Monday, August 3, 2009

1. Press Release - Schedule for the Appointment for Magistrate Judge and Appointment of Merit Selection Panel

Chief Judge Bataillon today announced a schedule for the appointment of a judge to succeed Magistrate Judge David L. Piester, who retired on August 1, 2009.  Judge Bataillon also announced the names of the members of the merit selection panel that will recommend to the court five individuals thought qualified to fill the position.  The schedule and the members of the panel were decided by the unanimous vote of the district judges.  Applications are due on or before September 25, 2009, and should be mailed to Gabriela Acosta, Technical Writer.  The application form, press release, public notice, General Order 2009-07 appointing a merit selection panel, and the merit selection panel list are available on the Court's Web site at http://www.ned.uscourts.gov/ > "Public Notice and Application for Appointment of Magistrate Judge."

2. REASSIGNMENT OF CASES

Pursuant to the retirement of Magistrate Judge David L. Piester on August 1, 2009, all civil and criminal cases previously assigned to Judge Piester are reassigned to District Judge Richard G. Kopf.  Judge Kopf will handle pretrial management in new civil and criminal cases assigned to Judges Kopf and Urbom in accordance with NEGenR 1.4(a)(2) and NECivR 72.1 until a new magistrate judge is appointed.

3. SAVE THE DATE - ATTORNEY FORUMS COMING SOON

The court will offer attorney forums in North Platte on September 10 at 8:30-12:00; in Lincoln on September 17 at 8:30-12:00 and 1:00-4:30; in Omaha on September 24 at 8:30-12:00 and 1:00-4:30; and via WebEx on September 22 at 1:00-2:00 and 2:30-3:30.  Topics will include courtroom technology, tips for creating and working with PDF documents, tips for electronic filing, and a preview of the new features coming soon to CM/ECF.  Watch your inbox for an e-mail with workshop details and registration information.

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Thank you,
United States District Court Clerk's Office