Steve Grasz Nominated To Become 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge 8/9/17 08/09/17 12:50:52 PM
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Steve Grasz NominatedTo Become
8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge
L. Stephen (Steve) Grasz, Omaha attorney and former chief deputy attorney general in Nebraska, has been nominated for a seat on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals bench.
Nebraska U.S. Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse had recommended Grasz to President Donald Trump.
Recommendations were sought after Chief Judge William Jay Riley announced his plans to retire from active service. The court is based in St. Louis.
In a joint announcement, Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse, who recommended Grasz to President Donald Trump, praised Grasz.
“Steve has sterling credentials and impressive experience,” Fischer said. “His cases have been before the highest courts in Nebraska and our nation.
“Moreover, Steve’s temperament, integrity and character are absolutely superb.”
Sasse described Grasz as “a by-the-book kind of guy” and said “that’s exactly what the 8th Circuit needs.
“As a constitutionalist, he knows that a judge’s job isn’t to make up laws, but to apply them fairly to the facts,” Sasse said.
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement praising President Trump’s nomination of Grasz:
“The nomination of Steve Grasz for the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals is a welcome announcement. Steve is one of the top constitutional law lawyers in our state, and he is widely held in very high regard for his respect of the law and his thoughtful and fair-minded approach to issues. I have known Steve for many years and have every confidence that the U.S. Senate will confirm his nomination and that he will serve the United States honorably in the judiciary.”
After his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee and its approval, his nomination will go to the Senate floor for a final vote. Sasse is a member of the committee.
Grasz is senior counsel at Husch Blackwell, LLP in Omaha. He served as chief deputy attorney general for the state from 1991 to 2002.
Grasz has been legal counsel for Pete Ricketts for Governor, formerly served as general counsel for the Nebraska Republican Party and was legal counsel for Nebraskans for the Death Penalty. He has been an advisory board member of Gambling with the Good Life, which opposes expansion of gambling in Nebraska.
For the last twenty years, Grasz has focused his practice on business litigation, governmental affairs, governmental ethics and election law, and appellate litigation. He has litigated before, among other courts, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit and the Nebraska Supreme Court.
Grasz received his law degree from the University of Nebraska, where he was executive editor of the Nebraska Law Review. He lives in Elkhorn, Neb.