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David R. Stras, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Nomination

  • May 8, 2017
  • Confirmed January 30, 2018
  • Age: 44
  • Personal: Justice Stras is the grandson of a Holocaust survivor

Career

  • Associate Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court (2010 – Present)
    • Advisory Committee:
  • Rules of General Practice
  • Juvenile Protection Procedure
  • Adoption Procedure
  • Civil Appellate Procedure
  • University of Minnesota Law School (2004 – 2010)
    • Co-Director, Institute for Law and Politics
    • Associate Professor of Law
    • Associate Professor of Political Science
    • Stanley V. Kinyon Tenure Track Teacher of the Year
  • Counsel, Faegre & Bensen, LLP (2004 – 2010)
  • Associate, Sidley & Austin LLP (2001-2002)

Education

  • University of Kansas School of Law, J.D. (1995)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Editor-in-Chief, Kansas Law Review: Criminal Procedure Edition
  • University of Kansas, M.B.A. (1999)
  • University of Kansas, B.A. (1995)

Clerkships

  • Judge Michael Luttig, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Judge Brunetti, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Justice Clarence Thomas, United States Supreme Court

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Leonard Steven Grasz, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Nomination

  • August 3, 2017
  • Confirmed December 12, 2017
  • Age: 53

Career

  • Senior Counsel, Husch Blackwell (2002 – Present)
    • Executive Committee, Appellate Practice Section, Nebraska
    • Best Lawyers of America
    • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
    • Jones v. Gale, 470 F.3d 1261 (8th Cir. 2006)
  • Chief Deputy Attorney General, Nebraska Attorney General (1991 – 2002)
    • Stenberg v. Carhart, 530 U.S. 914 (2000)
    • Supreme Court Practice Group
  • Legislative Assistant, U.S. House of Representatives (1984 – 1985)

Education

  • University of Nebraska, J.D. (1989)
    • Executive Editor, Nebraska Law Review
    • Top Oralist – Moot Court
    • Best Brief – Moot Court
    • Roscoe Pound Award
  • University of Nebraska, B.A. (1989)
    • Cum Laude
    • Innocents Society

Affiliations

  • The Federalist Society
  • K-Life Omaha, Board of Directors
  • Gambling with the Good Life, Advisory Board
  • Grace University Foundation, Board of Directors

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Ralph R. Erickson, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Nomination

  • Nominated June 7, 2017
  • Confirmed: September 28, 2017
  • Age: 58

Career

  • Judge, East Central Judicial District Court, Fargo, North Dakota (1995 – 2003)
  • County Judge, Traill, Steele, Nelson & Griggs Counties Court, North Dakota (1994)
  • Magistrate Judge, Cass County Court, Fargo, North Dakota (1993 – 1994)
  • Associate, Ohnstad Twichell, P.C., West Fargo, North Dakota (1984 – 1994)

Education

  • University of North Dakota Law School, J.D. (1984)
    • President, Student Bar Association (1983 –1984)
  • Jamestown College, B.A. (1980)
    • College Fellow in History and Political Science

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JONATHAN A. KOBES, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit 

Nomination

  • Nominated: June 7, 2018
  • Confirmed: December 11, 2018
  • Age: 44 (approximate)

Career

  • Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel, United States Senate (2015-Present)
  • Deputy Director, Transition, United States Senate (2014-2015)
  • Director of Corporate Compliance, Raven Industries (2013-2014)
  • Senior Regulatory Counsel, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. (2012-2013)
  • Counsel, Advisor and Senior Counsel, POET, LLC (2008-2012)
  • Litigation Associate, Murphy, Goldammer & Prendergast LLP (2005-2008)
  • Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Dakota (2002-2006)
  • Honors Attorney, Litigation Division, Central Intelligence Agency (2002-2003)

Education

  • D., Harvard Law School (2000)
  • A., Drodt College (1996)

Clerkships

  • Judge Roger Wollman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth circuit (2000-2001)

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