Steve Grasz A Man Of ‘Integrity, Humility, And Decency’

The 10th Nominee To A Circuit Court To Be Considered By The Full Senate This Year

SEN. DEB FISCHER (R-NE): “After extensive consultation, it was clear Steve Grasz was the only candidate Senator Sasse and I wanted to recommend to President Trump for this judgeship.” (U.S. Senate, Judiciary Committee, Hearing, 11/1/2017)

SEN. BEN SASSE (R-NE): “Steve bleeds Husker red but knows that a judge must clothe themselves in the black robes of impartiality.” (U.S. Senate, Judiciary Committee, Hearing, 11/1/2017)

NEBRASKA SENATORS: ‘Steve Grasz Has Extraordinary Ethics, Sterling Credentials’

SEN. DEB FISCHER (R-NE): “Steve Grasz has extraordinary ethics, sterling credentials, and bipartisan support from across the state of Nebraska. Without a doubt, he is the right choice for this seat on the Eighth Circuit.” (Sen. Fischer, Press Release, 12/7/2017)

  • SEN. FISCHER: “Steve has an impressive list of professional achievements earned during his distinguished career in appellate litigation that spans nearly three decades. He is currently Senior Counsel at Husch Blackwell in Omaha, where he has worked since 2002. He has handled numerous major constitutional litigation matters in the Nebraska Supreme Court, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Steve also gave 12 years of dedicated service to the State of Nebraska, serving as its Chief Deputy Attorney General. In that role, he devoted himself to defending the laws of the state and its citizens.” (U.S. Senate, Judiciary Committee, Hearing, 11/1/2017)

SEN. BEN SASSE (R-NE): “Steve is a Nebraskan through and through. He’s a fifth-generation Nebraskan and like a lot of Nebraska kids, he grew up on a family farm – walking beans, raising sheep and pigs, branding cattle. That family farm in the Nebraska Panhandle taught hard work and honesty. The University of Nebraska taught him the law. … Steve stayed in Nebraska for law school, graduated at the top of his class, and was the Executive Editor of the Nebraska Law Review. Steve went to work for Nebraskans, serving as the Chief Deputy Attorney General for more than a decade.  He litigated multiple cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Nebraska Supreme Court. Whenever he was called on to argue on behalf of Nebraskans, Steve did so with integrity, humility, and decency.” (U.S. Senate, Judiciary Committee, Hearing, 11/1/2017)

NEBRASKA OFFICIALS: Steve Has ‘A Reputation For Honesty, Impeccable Integrity And Dedication To The Rule Of Law,’ A ‘Consummate Professional’

GOV. PETE RICKETTS (R-NE), & Other Five Other Top Nebraska Officials: “We write to strongly urge your confirmation of Steve Grasz of Omaha, Nebraska to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.  During his service to the State of Nebraska in the Attorney General’s Office and his years in private practice, Steve has become a leading expert on state and federal constitutional law.  His demeanor and temperament have earned the respect of Nebraskans across the political spectrum in our state.  Steve brings valuable service to the bench.  His appellate practice has regularly brought him before state courts as well as the Eighth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.  On the bench, we know Steve will work tirelessly to uphold the U.S. Constitution.  He understands that [the] appropriate role of the judiciary is to apply the law as written and not to issue new policy from the bench.  He will honor the separation of powers and work to uphold the rule of law.  Your swift confirmation of Steve will elevate an outstanding legal mind to the bench who will serve the Eighth Circuit and the people of our country honorably for years to come.” (Gov. Ricketts, Letter To Sens. Grassley & Feinstein, 10/6/2017)

FORMER SEN. BEN NELSON (D-NE): “I write to you today to express my strong support for the nomination of L. Steven Grasz to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.  I have no doubt that Steve possesses the skills, character, and temperament necessary to make him an excellent member of that court.  I first got to know Steve when I served as Nebraska’s Governor and he served as our state’s Chief Deputy Attorney General.  During his nearly twelve-year tenure in that senior position, Steve won my respect by putting his considerable skills to work as an effective legal advocate for our state.  With me as a Democrat and him as a Republican, we sometimes found ourselves disagreeing on policy; nevertheless, I quickly learned that Steve was the kind of consummate professional who is capable of putting whatever personal views he may have aside when appropriate in his capacity as a public servant.  He was an asset to our state, and Nebraskans benefitted from having such a capable and thoughtful professional in public service. Today, he is unquestionably one of the foremost appellate lawyers in the state, making him an obvious choice for this seat on our federal appeals court.  If Steve is confirmed, I fully expect him to follow the law and the facts in each case because I know his loyalty is first to the rule of law, rather than to any personal views he holds on matters of policy.  He possesses first-rate legal skills and a respectful, even-keeled temperament, key ingredients in the making of a good judge.” (Sen. Ben Nelson, Letter To Sens. Grassley & Feinstein, 10/31/2017)

DEBORAH GILG, Obama Administration U.S. Attorney for Nebraska: “I am writing to enthusiastically recommend Steve Grasz for the vacancy on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.  I have known Steve since 1991 when he became Chief Deputy Attorney General for the State of Nebraska. … in 2009 I became the U.S. Attorney for Nebraska until March 10, 2017. … I should also mention that I am a Democrat and it is with great confidence that I recommend Steve.  Steve has always enjoyed a reputation for honesty, impeccable integrity and dedication to the rule of law.  He possesses an even temperament well-suited for the bench and always acts with respect to all that interact with him.  I am confident that he is well-versed in legal principles, has keen legal analytical skills and outstanding oral and written skills.  Without doubt, he would be a tremendous asset to the bench as he demonstrates excellence in all that he does.”  (Deborah Gilg, Letter To Sens. Grassley & Feinstein, 9/19/2017)


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