John P. Lenich

Ross McCollum Professor of Law

258 LAW UNL 68583-0902
(402)472-9971 | Email

Areas of Expertise
  • Antitrust
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Civil Clinic
  • Civil Procedure
  • Federal Jurisdiction
  • Legal Research & Writing
  • Moot Court
  • Remedies & Damages
  • J.D., summa cum laude, 1980, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Order of the Coif, 1980
  • B.A., with Honors and Distinction, 1977, University of Illinois, Chicago Circle


  • Assistant Professor of Law, 1984
  • Associate Professor of Law, 1988
  • Associate Dean, 1988-1990
  • Professor of Law, 2002


Professor Lenich joined the faculty in 1984 as an Assistant Professor, became an Associate Professor in 1988, and served as Associate Dean of the College from 1988 to 1990. He received his B.A. (with honors and distinction) from the University of Illinois in 1977 and his J.D. (summa cum laude, Order of the Coif) from Northwestern University in 1980. While at Northwestern, he was Notes and Comments Editor of the Northwestern Law Review and was named an Edwin C. Austin Scholar. After graduating, he taught legal writing and research at Northwestern during the 1980-81 academic year and then practiced with the Los Angeles firm of O'Melveny & Myers. In between watching CSI: Miami and following the the Chicago White Sox, Professor Lenich teaches Antitrust, Appellate Advocacy, Civil Procedure, and Remedies. He also coaches the College's National Moot Court Team.

Antitrust and Trade Regulation

Law 628/G (ECON *828) (1-4 cr) Control of business activities through the federal antitrust laws. Emphasis on monopolies, joint ventures, pricefixing, boycotts, resale price maintenance, exclusive dealing and tying arrangements, territorial restrictions, and mergers.

Appellate Advocacy

Law 610/G (3 cr) Appellate practice and procedure; exploring the federal and Nebraska appellate practice, including the mechanics and timing of appeals, with emphasis on written and oral advocacy. Students draft appellate briefs, prepare other appeal-related documents, and participate in an oral argument.

Clinical Practice-Civil

Law 798/G (2-6 cr) Open only to students with senior standing. Students are also required to attend a seminar on lawyering skills and the representation of clients. Students, under close faculty supervision, advise and represent clients in a variety of civil cases, including landlord-tenant, consumer, collection, bankruptcy, immigration, tax, and domestic relations cases.

Civil Procedure I & II

Law 516/G & 517/G (3 cr per class) Introduction to federal and state court organization, jurisdiction, and procedure. Emphasis on pre-trial, trial, and post-trial procedures, including pleading, enforcement of judgements, motion practice, appellate review, and the effects of res judicata and collateral estoppel.

Federal Jurisdiction

Law 754/G (1-4 cr) Advanced study of United States constitutional law in the litigational context and focused on the power, history, and development of the federal judicial system and the distribution of power between the federal and state systems.

Legal Research and Writing I & II

Law 513/G & 514/G (3 cr per class) Introduction to the sources and the literature of the law. Emphasizes the function and content of basic legal materials, their use in the analysis and solution of legal problems, and the preparation of legal memoranda and appellate briefs.

Trial Advocacy

Law 761/G (EDAD 961) (1-4 cr) Prereq: LAW 646/G Students perform weekly exercises which are videotaped and critiqued and will try a case. Fundamentals of trial practice. Emphasis on questioning witnesses, selecting and addressing the jury, and admitting items into evidence.

Remedies and Damages

Law 743/G (1-4 cr) The interplay and choice of possible recoveries in property, personal, and business interest situations. Damages: object of an award in contract and tort, limitations on recovery, and elements of damage. Equity: specific performance and injunctions. Examines the place and scope of restitution in the remedial structure, theories of recovery in basic contract and tort situations including vendor and vendee relationships, conversion, personal injury, defamation, privacy, unfair competition and employer-employee relationships, and the use of legal and equitable remedies in modern codes.


  • Pleading a Claim for Relief in Nebraska: New Language for an Old Standard, 14 Neb. Law. 5 (Mar. 2011)
  • Service of Process by Commercial Courier Services: It Exists But It Doesn't, 13 Neb. Law. 13 (Jan. 2010).
  • What's So Special About Special Proceedings? Making Sense of Nebraska's Final Order Statute, 80 Neb. L. Rev. 239 (2001)
  • Notice Pleading Comes to Nebraska, Part I - Pleading Claims for Relief, Neb. Law., Sept. 2002; Part II - Responding to Claims for Relief, Neb. Law., Oct. 2002, and Part III - Odds & Ends, Neb. Law., Nov. 2002
  • There's No Escape: The Plaintiff's Right to Dismiss after the submission of a Motion for Summary Judgement or a Motion to Dismiss in Nebraska, Neb. L. Rev. Bull. 31 (2009), (Online)


  • Nebraska Civil Procedure (Thomson West 2008)
  • Book Chapter, Simultaneous Recoupment in the Maryland Medical Electronic Claim Submission Market (with David I. Rosenbaum), Measuring Market Power, Daniel Slottje ed. (2002)