Arterburn – Court of Appeals Welcomes New Judge 2/13/17 02/13/17 9:54:06 AM
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Court of Appeals
Welcomes New Judge
By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record
David K. Arterburn was formally sworn in as a Nebraska Court of Appeals, 4th Judicial District judge on Friday, Feb. 10, in the Warner Legislative Chamber of Nebraska State Capitol. The 4th District covers Douglas and Sarpy Counties. Judge Todd J. Hutton, County Court 2nd Judicial District, served as host for the ceremony and Judge William B. Zastera, District Court 2nd Judicial District, administered the oath of office.
After Arterburn, 59, earned an associate degree from York College in 1977, he continued his education at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, earning both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1978 and 1982, respectively, then his juris doctor in 1985.
Arterburn began his career as a deputy county attorney in Red Willow County, McCook, Neb. He worked in this capacity and as a private practice lawyer from 1986 to 1991. He then joined the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services as a staff attorney in Omaha. The following year, he left to work as a Nebraska assistant attorney general in Lincoln, where he worked until his judicial appointment in 2005. He was also a special assistant in the U.S. Attorney’s Office from 1995 to 2005.
He served as a District Court judge in the 2nd Judicial District (Sarpy, Cass and Otoe counties) from 2005 until his appointment to the Court of Appeals. He also served as judge of the Sarpy County Adult Drug Court for eight years.
He has been active in the Nebraska High School Mock Trial Project, as well as often serving as a speaker on a variety of legal topics. He is a youth soccer and baseball coach in Papillion and a high school and youth soccer referee in Omaha.
Arterburn was appointed by Gov. Pete Ricketts in December 2016. He replaced John F. Irwin, who retired from the Court of Appeals in November 2016 after 24 years on the bench.