PLATTSMOUTH – Michael S. Smith of Sarpy County took the oath of office Friday for the second judicial district judgeship at the Cass County District Courtroom.
Smith, 54, was a deputy county attorney for the past 17 years. He headed up Sarpy County’s civil division, where he earned the respect of Sarpy County Attorney L. Kenneth Polikov.
Polikov said Smith played in an important role in land development as the county’s population soared from 60,000 to 180,000 and credited Smith for his skill in resolving conflicts.
Polikov: “He does a good job at keeping his clients out of court, which is important, and giving good advice. I did rely on him for settling issues and not … because I need to be toned down sometimes. I get pumped up and he is good about not throwing gas on the fire.”
Over a dozen judges were also introduced, including former second judicial judges and current Nebraska Supreme Court justices Max Kelch and Jeffrey Funke.
Judge Rehmeier said those working in the legal profession with commitment, honesty and integrity can expect to earn the respect of their peers.
Rehmeier said he is confident that Smith has all the right attributes and is up to the task based on his experience and background and his unwavering interest in being on the bench.
Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Creighton University and a Juris Doctor from Creighton University School of Law. He has received two Justice in Action Awards from the Sarpy County Attorney for his Outstanding Performance and Trial Performance.
The Second Judicial District for the District Court consists of Cass, Otoe, and Sarpy counties.