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Grasz Ascends to Federal Bench 3/14/18  03/14/18 12:57:47 PM Printer Friendly VersionPrinter Friendly Version

– Photos by Lorraine Boyd
Judge Steve Grasz has help from his family – wife Verlyne, and children and their spouses Caylen and Jerrold Warren, Nate and Brenna Grasz, Jackson Grasz and Aubrey Grasz ­– as he dons his robe.

Grasz Ascends to Federal Bench
The investiture of L. Steven Grasz to the U.S. Court of Appeals Eighth Circuit bench was celebrated with a crowded lineup of speakers and an even more crowded courtroom, including an overflow room. All of the speakers praised Grasz’s commitment to  “family, faith and the rule of law.” The speakers included Sen. Deb Fisher; Gov. Pete Ricketts; State Treasurer Don Stenberg; Todd Richardson, office managing partner of Husch Blackwell LLP; and Hon. Laurie Smith Camp, chief judge, District of Nebraska. President Donald Trump sent Associate Counsel to the President Christopher Grieco, and Sen. Ben Sasse, whose plane was grounded due to bad weather in the East, sent a video congratulating him.  Judge Smith Camp pointed out that Judge Grasz is only the seventh Nebraskan in history to serve on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. The first Nebraskan served until his death at 104, a fact that raised eyebrows and laughter in the courtroom. Smith Camp worked in then-Attorney General Stenberg’s office with Grasz, but said that despite trying, she couldn’t come up with one funny story from those 11 years. Still, the proceedings were not without humor, especially when a few technical glitches drew humorous comments.
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