LINCOLN — Nebraska Supreme Court Judge Stephanie Stacy has already heard her first cases as a member of the state’s high court, after taking her oath privately on Sept. 28.

On Friday, she repeated the oath at an investiture ceremony attended by Gov. Pete Ricketts, the full Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, numerous other state and federal judges, friends and family.

Stacy credited many of those present with helping her reach that position. And she pledged to work hard to justify the trust placed in her.

According to former colleagues, that trust is well-placed.

Randall Goyette, who worked with Stacy at the Baylor Evnen law firm, said she never took short cuts or produced work that was less than perfect.

“Judge Stacy brings her entire self to everything she does,” he said.

Stacy’s tenure as a trial court judge was marked by wisdom, compassion, love of the law, a diplomatic style and her good nature, said Lancaster County District Judge Jodi Nelson.

Stacy’s family joined her on stage during the ceremony. Her mother, Anabeth Frazier Cox, held the Bible for the oath of office.

Her husband, Dave, and triplet sons, Will, Ben and Jack, who are high school seniors, helped her put on her robe. A fourth son, Sam, could not attend.

Stacy became the second woman on the state high court bench. She replaced former State Supreme Court Judge Kenneth C. Stephan, who retired July 1.

She had served as a Lancaster County district judge since 2011.

Previously, she was a partner at Baylor Evnen and an adjunct faculty member teaching trial advocacy and pretrial litigation at the University of Nebraska College of Law. She started her legal career as a judicial law clerk for U.S. District Judge David Piester.

Stacy holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated with distinction from the NU College of Law in 1991.

Contact the writer: 402-473-9583, martha.stoddard@owh.com

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