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Nelson Brings 26 Years of Trial Experience to Bench 7/31/17  07/31/17 10:21:59 AM Printer Friendly VersionPrinter Friendly Version

Photos by Lorraine Boyd
U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael D. Nelson is administered the oath of office by Chief Judge Laurie Smith Camp.
Nelson Brings 26 Years of Trial Experience to Bench
By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record
The crowd spilled over into an adjacent courtroom on July 21 – the hottest day of the year – for Omaha attorney Mike Nelson’s investiture as a U.S. Magistrate Judge. He joins recently appointed Magistrate Judge Susan Bazis on the bench. His virtues were extolled by speakers Dr. Bill Wakefield of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Nelson’s alma mater; Prof. G. Michael Fenner, Creighton School of Law, Nelson’s “favorite law school teacher;” and Michael McClellan, longtime friend and law partner. Abbot Michael Liebl of Mount Michael Benedictine school gave the invocation and benediction. Nelson attended high school there.
Curtis Pelster rendered instrumental versions of  The National Anthem and “This is My Country.” Participating in the robing ceremony were Nelson’s wife Debra, and children David, Emily and Adam. Not present was Simba, the Nelson’s 13-year-old Shih Tzu, who did receive a shout-out. The much-decorated trial attorney was praised for his fairness and integrity. His parents H. David and Judith Nelson and siblings Michelle and Matthew were in attendance with their families, along with Debra’s parents. Many speakers, including Nelson, gave credit to Debra for his successes. No one had any doubt that he would be an excellent judge. A reception followed in the federal courthouse atrium.   Click here for more photos.
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