LINCOLN — Gov. Pete Ricketts announced the appointment of Judge Max J. Kelch to the Nebraska Supreme Court.
Kelch, a former prosecutor in Otoe County, currently serves as district court judge primarily in Cass and Sarpy counties.
Gov. Ricketts said Judge Kelch brings a blend of real world experience from years in private practice and working as a prosecutor, as well as serving as a judge.
Ricketts said Kelch has demonstrated he understands that the role of the court is to interpret the law, and this approach will continue to serve the state well.
Otoe County Attorney David Partsch said the whole community can share in extending their congratulations to Judge Kelch.
Partsch: “I consider this to be his hometown, so I’m sure we would all claim him to be a native and a great representative of our community.”
Before his time on the district court, Judge Kelch served as a county Judge for the Second Judicial District from 2005-2007. Prior to his service on the bench, Kelch worked for two law firms, served as both a county attorney and deputy city attorney, and also functioned as a special prosecutor.
Partsch described the position on the high court as one of prestige, but also of great responsibility.
Partsch: “To be appointed by the governor, I’m sure is a great honor for Judge Kelch, and something he certainly has strived for throughout his career.”
Over the past few years, Judge Kelch has served as a member of the Nebraska Judicial Ethics Committee as well as a member of the Nebraska Supreme Court Practice and Procedure Committee. In 2004, he was named Nebraska County Attorney of the Year.
Judge Kelch holds a bachelor of science in accounting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a juris doctor from the University of Nebraska College of Law.