Bazis Steps Down, Then Up 1/6/17 01/05/17 11:41:42 PM
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|Douglas County Court Judges Craig McDermott and Jeff Marcuzzo on Susan Bazis’s right, and Stephanie Hansen and Marcela Keim on her left, were just a few of the well-wishers who came to Bazis’s farewell reception on Friday, Dec. 30. – Photo by Lorraine Boyd
Bazis Steps Down, Then Up
Susan Bazis stepped down as a county court judge Friday and took up her responsibilities at her new job as a federal magistrate judge in the federal courthouse on Sunday, filling the position left by retiring Judge Thomas Thalken.
“I told them I awasn’t really retiring, but the judges wanted to put this together,” Bazis said. “I will miss everyone here in the courthouse, but I’ll only be a block away. It is good to have the opportunity to say goodbye to my friends here, though.”
She’s been trained on some of her new duties by U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl Zwart and others, she said. Magistrate judges handle both civil and criminal cases, rotating among them. She will begin with civil cases in January. “I’m somewhat familiar with the federal court, since I practiced there as a public defender. Nothing’s really changed, they tell me. In any case, I have my ‘cheat sheet’ to guide me.”
She served on the Douglas County Court bench for 10 years and was presiding judge for four of them. Nebraska has three U.S. magistrate judges. They are independent judicial officers serving 8-year terms with potential for renewal.