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Kopf, Richard George

Born December 1, 1946, in Toledo, OH

Federal Judicial Service

Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska

U.S. Magistrate, U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska 1987-1992

Nominated by George H.W. Bush on April 7, 1992, to a seat vacated by Warren K. Urbom. Confirmed by the Senate on May 21, 1992, and received commission on May 26, 1992. Served as chief judge, 1999-2004. Assumed senior status, December 1, 2011. Member, Committee on Codes of Conduct, Judicial Conference of the United States, 2006-2012. Assumed inactive senior status, December 30, 2022.


Kearney State College (now University of Nebraska at Kearney), B.A., 1969

University of Nebraska College of Law, J.D. (with distinction and Order of the Coif), 1972

Professional Career

Law clerk, Hon. Donald Ross, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1972-1974

Private practice, Lexington, Nebraska, 1974-1986

Counsel for the State of Nebraska in regard to the impeachment of the state attorney general of Nebraska, 1984