(Neb)-Former Sheridan Co Attorney Freudenberg Named To Neb Supreme Court
LINCOLN - Governor Pete Ricketts has appointed Chadron State College graduate and former Sheridan County Attorney John Freudenberg to the Nebraska Supreme Court to succeed the late Justice John Wright.
Ricketts had named the 48-year old Freudenberg as a Lancaster County Judge just 14 months. The appointment to the Supreme Court takes effect July 6th.
Each justice represents a specific area and Freudenberg, a trustee of the Chadron State Foundation, will serve the 6th Judicial, which covers roughly the western two-thirds of Nebraska.
In announcing his choice, Governor Ricketts said “Judge Freudenberg brings extensive experience from the state and local level with him to the Supreme Court" and that his "understanding of the law and history of working with partners across the justice system in Nebraska will be an asset to the court and its diverse body of work.”
Freudenberg played basketball for 2 years at Chadron State before earning a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice with minors in legal studies and mathematics. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law.
After law school, Freudenberg practiced in eastern Nebraska before returning west as a deputy Scotts Bluff County Attorney in 1996. He moved to Sheridan County in 1998 and joined the Smith and King law firm in Gordon, eventually becoming a partner.
He also served as an assistant Sheridan County Attorney and was elected county attorney in 2002. He was reelected in 2006, but resigned shortly after taking office to join the Nebraska Attorney General's office in the Criminal Bureau, eventually becoming bureau chief.
In that role, Freudenberg supervised the prosecution, investigation, and criminal appeals sections as well as assisted the Attorney General with his legislative agenda. During that time he also chaired the Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice.
Freudenberg is a past president of the Nebraska County Attorneys Association. He has also been a member of the Governor’s Human Trafficking Task Force and the U.S. Attorney’s Community Task Force on Hate Crimes.
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