Federal judge speaks at Scottsbluff law seminar

Federal Court Judge John Gerrard was in Scottsbluff Thursday to make a presentation on courtroom ethics over the noon hour to panhandle attorneys attending the annual Bob Chaloupka Trial Skills Seminar.

Judge Gerrard told KNEB News he really believes that Bob Chaloupka, who the seminar honors and remembers, did things the right way. He says Chaloupka was a highly ethical and great trial lawyer who was always thanked by the other side after trials for the respect he showed to the other side and the decency in which he practiced law. Gerrard says that spirit is what he hopes to see in the federal courts and all courts.

Judge Gerrard also said the federal judiciary is connected to western Nebraska through the federal courtroom in North Platte. He says he is always happy to come out to western Nebraska, and that federal trials need to be accessible not only to eastern Nebraskans, but to all Nebraskans.

It is the second year for the continuing education event at the Hampton Inn. Chaloupka's daughter Maren, who has established a successful practice of her own at her father's law firm, says it is the first time in her memory that a federal judge has made a public appearance here in the panhandle.

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