Roger W. Kirst

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Roger W. Kirst

Henry M. Grether Professor of Law

212 LAW UNL 68583-0902
(402)472-1249 | Email

Areas of Expertise
  • Civil Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Civil Rights Litigation
  • J.D., 1970, Stanford University
  • B.S., Economics, 1967, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


  • Assistant Professor of Law, 1974
  • Associate Professor of Law, 1977
  • Professor of Law, 1980
  • Henry M. Grether Professor of Law, 1987


Professor Kirst joined the faculty in 1974 and is a Professor of Law. In 1970 he received his J.D. degree from Stanford Law School where he served as a member of the Stanford Law Review. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1971 and the Nebraska Bar in 1974. He was employed as an associate by a New York City law firm from 1970-71 and served in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps from 1971-74. Professor Kirst teaches Civil Procedure, Evidence and Civil Rights Litigation. He is the Reporter for the Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Practice and Procedure and a member of the Federal Practice Committee for the District of Nebraska.

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.


Law 646/G (1-4 cr) Relevancy and admission of evidence, including hearsay, opinions, privileges, other exclusionary rules, examination of witnesses, judicial notice, and physical evidence.

Civil Rights Litigation

Law 729/G (1-4 cr) Major substantive and procedural issues in litigation to protect civil rights. Established theories of liability and defenses, possible new developments in legal doctrine, and pending statutory changes.


  • A Decade of Change in Sixth Amendment Confrontation Doctrine, Vol.6, Issue 2, Art. 5, International Commentary on Evidence (2009)
  • Confrontation Rules After Davis v. Washington, 15 Brooklyn Law School J.L. & Pol'y 635 (2007)
  • Can History Define the Structure of Confrontation Doctrine?, 71 Brooklyn Law Rev. 35 (2005)
  • Appellate Court Answers to the Confrontation Questions in Lilly v. Virginia, 53 Syr. L. Rev.89 (2003)
  • Hearsay and the Right of Confrontation in the European Court of Human Rights, 22 Quinn. L. Rev. 777 (2003)
  • Filling the Gaps in Federal Rule 45 Procedure for Nonparty Nondeposition Document Discovery, 205 F.R.D. 638 (2002)
  • A Third Option: Regulation Discovery of Transaction Work Product Without Distorting the Attorney Client Privilege, 31 Seton Hall L. Rev. 229 (2000)