Two Hastings College graduates have been appointed as judges in Nebraska courts.
John H. Marsh ’81 was appointed by Gov. Pete Ricketts in March to the Ninth Judicial District Court, which covers Buffalo and Hall counties, including Kearney and Grand Island. Stephanie R. (Leibert) Hansen ’96 was appointed by Ricketts in November 2015 to the Fourth Judicial County Court, which covers Douglas County, including Omaha.
Prior to his appointment, Marsh was a partner at a private law office in Kearney and served as the Deputy Buffalo Public Defender since 2007. During 22 years of private practice, he focused on criminal defense, civil trial practice and family law. He earned a political science degree from Hastings College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska College of Law.
Hansen, who earned a biology degree from Hastings College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska College of Law, was the lead attorney for the Sarpy County Attorney’s Office before being appointed to the bench. In 2008, she received the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Outstanding Law Enforcement Prosecutor Award, and in 2010 received the Nebraska Coalition for Victims of Crime Allied Professionals Award. She also received the Kids First Award by Project Harmony in 2015.