Civil Trial & Procedure

David Dirgo Adjunct Law Professor

David Dirgo is a Career Law Clerk at the Nebraska Supreme Court, U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska.

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Professor Roger Kirst

Roger W. Kirst Henry M. Grether Professor of Law Emeritus

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.

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Jane Langan Mach

Jane Langan Mach Adjunct Law Professor

Jane Langan Mach is a Partner with Rembolt Ludtke LLP. She was admitted to the Nebraska Supreme Court in 1995 after graduating from UNL College of Law with Highest Distinction in 1995, and was admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2004.  She is an American Bar Association Fellow (limited to 1/3 of 1% of lawyers) and served as State Chair from 2010-2014). She has been a Great Plains Super Lawyer in Business Law and Family Law since 2009 and is a regular speaker at the annual family law seminar. She is a member of the Lincoln Bar Association, Nebraska State Bar, American Bar Association, Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys, and American Association for Justice. She serves on numerous committees for the Nebraska State Bar Association, has served in the House of Delegates since 2007, and has chaired the Legislation Committee, Budget and Planning Committee, Barrister’s Ball and Annual Meeting Committees.

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Professor John Lenich

John P. Lenich Earl Dunlap Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus

Professor Lenich joined the faculty of the College of Law in 1984 and taught for 36 years before retiring in 2019.  Among the courses he taught were Antitrust, Appellate Advocacy, Federal Courts, Civil Procedure, and Remedies.  He also served as the Coach of the College’s National Moot Court Team from 1988 to 2007, as the Faculty Advisor to the Nebraska Moot Court Board from 1994 to 2002, and as a Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs from 2017 to 2018.

Despite his retirement, Lenich remains active in the Bar and the University.  He currently serves as the Civil Reporter of the Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Practice and Procedure, as a member of the Uniform Law Commission, as a member of the ASUN Electoral Commission, and as the Faculty Advisor to the Graduate Student Assembly. 

Lenich grew up on the South Side of Chicago, where he attended elementary and high school.  More than once, however, he skipped school so that could take in a White Sox game at Comiskey Park.  After graduating from law school, Lenich practiced law with the Los Angeles firm of O’Melveny & Myers where he specialized in antitrust and energy litigation.  He became a Husker fan shortly after he joined the faculty and has remained a fan (although a disappointed one) to this day.

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Jon Marshfield

Jonathan L. Marshfield Assistant Professor of Law

Professor Marshfield teaches courses related to public law and litigation, including Civil Procedure, Civil Rights Litigation, and Remedies.  In 2021, Professor Marshfield received the 1L Professor of the Year Award for his teaching.  His research focuses on state constitutional law and constitutional change.  His most recent work has appeared in the Northwestern University Law Review, Boston University Law Review and the Michigan Law Review.  His state constitutional law research has been cited by the New Jersey Supreme Court, and his research into constitutional change has been cited by leading scholars in law reviews, textbooks, and academic journals.  Professor Marshfield has also served as a consultant to foreign officials regarding issues of constitutional revision, and he has advised public policy groups regarding voter awareness and ballot issues. 

Before joining the University of Nebraska faculty, Professor Marshfield taught at the University of Arkansas School of Law and practiced as a commercial litigator with Latham & Watkins LLP and Saul Ewing LLP.  He also clerked for Judge Robert B. Kugler, United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey, and Chief Justice James R. Zazzali of the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey.  While in practice, Professor Marshfield represented several large financial firms and fortune 500 companies regarding a variety of complex disputes in both state and federal court.  He has significant experience in most stages of civil litigation, including deposing and examining witnesses, managing complex electronic discovery, arguing pre-trial and dispositive motions, handling settlement mediations, and participating in civil trials.  Professor Marshfield has handled appeals to various appellate courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the New Jersey Supreme Court, and the New York Court of Appeals. 

Professor Marshfield grew up in Durban, South Africa. 

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Kevin Ruser

Kevin Ruser Richard and Margaret Larson Professor of Law and M.S. Hevelone Professor of Law

Professor Ruser joined the Law College faculty in June, 1985, as a supervising attorney in the Civil Clinical Law Program. He received a B.A. from UNL in 1975, with an English major and a history minor. Professor Ruser attended UNL College of Law and received his J.D. in 1979. He worked for Western Nebraska Legal Services from 1979-1985; the first two years were spent in the Grand Island branch office, and the last four years were spent in the Scottsbluff office, where he was managing attorney. Professor Ruser is the Director of Clinical Programs at the College of Law and teaches in the Civil Clinic and the Immigration Clinic. He also co-administers the Litigation Skills Program of Concentrated Study.  He is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Clinical Section of the Association of American Law Schools, and the Clinical Legal Educators Association. He is currently Co-Chair of the District Court Forms Subcommittee of the Nebraska Supreme Court Self-Represented Litigants Committee, a member of the Nebraska Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission, a member of the Nebraska Supreme Court’s Civil Justice Reform Committee, and a member of the Advisory Council of the Office of Public Guardian.

Ruser has worked abroad on law reform and legal education reform projects. In the fall of 2015, he worked with the Iliria University Law faculty in Pristina, Kosovo to help them design an experiential learning course on arbitration. From 2012 to 2015, he was involved in a project in which he evaluated and made recommendations for curricular changes in the Masters Level clinical programs at the University of Pristina Law Faculty and Iliria University Law Faculty in Pristina, Kosovo. From 2000 to 2005, he was involved with law and legal education reform efforts in several countries of the former Yugoslavia, most notably Montenegro and Serbia. From 2010 to 2012, he was, along with Professor Steven Schmidt, principal investigator of a USAID-funded grant to help teach oral advocacy techniques to faculty at the law school of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. These skills are needed by Mexican law students and practitioners to enable them to function effectively in Mexico's new oral adversarial system, which was created by recent constitutional reforms in Mexico.

Ruser's research interests lie primarily in the area of “crimmigration” – the intersection of immigration and criminal law. In August, 2012, he published an article in The Habeas, which is the monthly newsletter of the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association, reviewing and analyzing recent decisions by the Nebraska Supreme Court in the area of post-conviction “crimmigration” cases. Also in 2012, he made substantial updates to The Nebraska Criminal Practitioner’s Guide to Representing Non-Citizens in State Court Proceedings, which he first published in 2008. The Guide's purpose is to background criminal law practitioners in immigration law, in order to enable them to effectively advise their non-citizen clients of possible immigration consequences to criminal proceedings in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Padilla v. Kentucky holding that non-citizens have a 6th Amendment right to be advised by their defense counsel of immigration consequences in criminal cases. Ruser developed a 4-hour seminar on "crimmigration" issues and presented this seminar in each of Nebraska's 12 district court judicial districts in 2011 and 2012.

In 2011, Greg McLawsen, Julia McLawsen and Ruser co-authored an article entitled Demonstrating Psychological Hardship: A Statistical Study of Psychological Evaluations in Hardship Waivers of Inadmissibility. The article, which was published in the January 1, 2011 issue of Bender's Immigration Bulletin, reviewed decisions of the Administrative Appeals Office (AA0) to see how helpful it is for non-citizens to submit psychological evaluations with their applications for hardship waivers to certain grounds of inadmissibility. Ruser has written other practice-related manuals and guides, the most recent of which are in the following areas: Chapter 7 consumer bankruptcy (2012); powers of attorney, guardianships and conservatorships (2015); and landlord/tenant law (2014).

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Anna Shavers

Anna W. Shavers Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and Cline Williams Professor of Citizenship Law

Anna Williams Shavers is the Cline Williams Professor of Citizenship Law and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion.

Professor Shavers joined the faculty of the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1989. She received her B.S. degree from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio and her M.S. in Business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was elected to membership in the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society. She received her J.D. degree (cum laude) from the University of Minnesota where she served as Managing Editor of the Minnesota Law Review. She was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 1979 and the Nebraska bar in 1989. Other positions include: Associate, Faegre & Benson Law Firm, Minneapolis, MN and  Associate Clinical Professor, University of Minnesota.  While at the University of Minnesota, Professor Shavers established that law school's first immigration clinic. Professor Shavers teaches Administrative Law; Immigration Law; Forced Migration (including Human Trafficking); International Gender Issues;  and Gender, Race and Class. She has previously served as Interim Dean and Associate Dean of the College of Law.

Professor Shavers believes that she has found the position for which she is ideally suited. She thoroughly enjoys the interaction with students. She also enjoys having the time to devote to reading and questioning various aspects of our legal system. Her primary interest is the area of immigration and its intersection with gender issues. This area appeals to her because of her appreciation of the differences of people from various cultures.  She is faculty co-advisor to the Multi-Cultural Legal Society and BALSA.

She has served as a Board Member of the Midwestern People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Inc., Co-Chair of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking Planning Team. She is a frequent national and international presenter on immigration, human trafficking and administrative law issues.  

She was elected to The American Law Institute  in 2017, appointed to Administrative Conference of the United States in 2016, Elected as Fellow to the Administrative Law Section, American Bar Association(ABA), October 2009 and is a member of the ABA Standing Committee on International Trade in Legal Services.  She has also served as a member of the Vera Institute of Justice and the Lancaster County Attorney's Office - Lancaster County Community Advisory Group for the study of Prosecution and Racial Justice (PRJ); Chair, Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section, American Bar Association(ABA) 2014-15;  ABA Immigration Committee, Administrative Law Section Liaison, 2005-2009; Chair (1998-99), Immigration Section, American Association of Law Schools,  Executive Committee member 1999-2000; Chair, Immigration Committee, Administrative Law Section, American Bar Association, 1993- 2006.

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Professor Ryan SUllivan

Ryan Sullivan Clinical Associate Professor of Law

Professor Sullivan joined the Law College faculty in August, 2013, as a supervising attorney in the Civil Clinical Law Program. He received his B.A. from Colorado State University-Pueblo while completing his enlistment in the U.S. Army, majoring in business administration. Thereafter he attended California University of Pennsylvania where he obtained his Master’s in Health Sciences. After a career in the fitness industry, he enrolled at UNL College of Law where he served as an editor of the Nebraska Law Review, the Chair of the Moot Court Board, and a member of the National Trial Team. Following graduation, Professor Sullivan joined the law firm of Kinsey, Rowe, Becker and Kistler where he practiced in the area of general civil litigation.

As the Director of the Civil Clinic, Professor Sullivan supervises student attorneys providing legal services to veterans and underserved populations in the areas of tenant rights, debt collection defense, criminal record rehabilitation, estate planning, family law, and other civil matters.   Professor Sullivan also manages the Advance Directive Clinic (ADC) Project, wherein Civil Clinic students provide basic estate planning services to senior citizens in rural and semi-rural Communities around the State of Nebraska.  Professor Sullivan also supervises several outreach projects within the Civil Clinic, including the Clean Slate Project, the Veterans Advocacy Project, the Tenants’ Rights Project and the Family Law Project. 

He is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Clinical Section of the Association of American Law Schools, and the Clinical Legal Education Association.

A Nebraska native, Professor Sullivan is an avid Husker fan, and enjoys cycling, woodworking and furniture restoration.

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