WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns and Deb Fischer today confirmed that they are recommending to President Obama Robert Rossiter, Jr., of Omaha to fill an upcoming vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska. Johanns and Fischer selected Rossiter after a nearly year-long search.
Traditionally, when submitting judicial nominations, the President gives deference to home state Senators during the selection process.
Fischer said, “Throughout Bob Rossiter’s long legal career, he has demonstrated the highest integrity, legal skill, professionalism, and dedication to the rule of law. I have no doubt he has the proper temperament to serve on the federal bench in Nebraska, where he is widely respected by Republicans and Democrats alike. After many years of service to his community and his profession, I am thankful to Bob for his willingness to enter public service.”
Johanns said, “Bob’s experience, education and profound respect for our Constitution and the rule of law make him imminently qualified for this position. His broad bipartisan support, both within and outside the legal community, demonstrates Bob’s high regard and professionalism. I am confident he would be a fair and impartial judge – in keeping with this Court’s tradition.”
Rossiter is currently a partner at Fraser Stryker and is the President Elect-Designate for the Nebraska State Bar Association. He graduated cum laude from Creighton University School of Law in 1981, where he served as the editor of the Creighton Law Review. After receiving his law degree, Rossiter clerked for U.S. District Court Judge C. Arlen Beam.
The vacancy will occur in October when Judge Joseph Bataillon retires from regular active service and takes senior status. When Bataillon announced his upcoming change in status last September, Johanns and Fischer began a statewide search, accepting applications for more than four months before announcing their selection to fill the vacancy. Each of the 20 applicants completed the Senate Judiciary Committee’s nomination form as part of the process.