John P. Lenich Earl Dunlap Distinguished Professor of Law
Professor Lenich currently teaches Civil Procedure and Remedies. He enjoys trying to make complex concepts relevant and understandable for students. He also enjoys working with lawyers and judges on procedural issues. He is currently the Civil Reporter of the Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Practice and Procedure, has spoken at various continuing legal education programs, and has written a number of articles on procedure.
Lenich has been an active member of the bar, serving as member of the House of Delegates of the Nebraska State Bar Association, the Board of Trustees of the Lincoln Bar Association, and the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Lawyers Trust Account Foundation. He has also been an active member of the university community, serving as a member of the University Judicial Board, the ASUN Electoral Commission, and the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee.
During the 2017-18 academic year, Lenich served as the Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, worked with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life on various issues, and drafted a new student code of conduct for the University. He continues to serve as a consultant to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.
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 he could take in a White Sox game at Comiskey Park. After graduating from law school, he practiced law with the Los Angeles firm of O’Melveny and Myers where he specialized in sports antitrust litigation. He became a Husker fan shortly after he joined the faculty in 1984.
Antitrust and Trade Regulation LAW 628/G; 3 CR HR
The control of business activities through the antitrust laws. Areas of primary emphasis include monopolies, conspiracies in restraint of trade, boycotts, resale price maintenance, exclusive dealing and tying arrangements, territorial restrictions and mergers.
Appellate Advocacy LAW 610/G; 3 CR HR
Appellate Practice and Procedure. This course explores federal and Nebraska appellate practice, including the mechanics and timing of appeals, with an emphasis on written and oral advocacy. Students will draft appellate briefs, prepare other appeal-related documents and participate in an oral argument.
Remedies and Damages LAW 743/G; 3 CR HR
An examination of the basic remedies available to redress legal wrongs: injunctions, damages, and restitution. Among the topics covered are permanent injunctions (including specific performance), provisional injunctions, contempt, contract damages, tort damages (primarily personal injury and property damages), proof requirements, present value adjustments, legal restitution, equitable restitution, equitable defenses, election of remedies, and declaratory relief.
Civil Procedure LAW 516/517/G; 6 CR HR
An introduction to the organization of the federal and state courts, principles for determining jurisdiction, and procedural rules for civil cases. Topics include pleading, discovery, summary judgment, procedure in both jury and nonjury trials, post-trial motions, appellate review, and preclusion doctrine.
The New Subpoena Statutes: Making Things Clearer and Easier, 20 Neb. Law. 37 (July/Aug. 2017)
Of Interpreters, Recordings and Objections: The 2015 Amendments to the Deposition Rules, 19 Neb. Law. (Jan/Dec 2016)
A Simple Question That Isn't So Simple: Where Do Entities Reside for Federal Venue Purposes?, 84 Miss. L.J. 253, (2014)
Substitute Service by Electronic Means, 17 Neb. Law. 27, (July/Aug 2014)
Sanctions for the Failure to Preserve Electronically Stored Information in Nebraska, 16 Neb. Law. 31, (Sept/Oct 2013)
Pleading a Claim for Relief in Nebraska: New Language for an Old Standard, 14 Neb. Law. 5, (March 2011)
Service of Process by Commercial Courier Services: It Exists But It Doesn't, 13 Neb. Law. 13, (Jan 2010)
Notice Pleading Comes to Nebraska, Part I - Pleading Claims for Relief, Neb. Law. 6, (Sept 2002)
Notice Pleading Comes to Nebraska, Part II - Responding to Claims for Relief, Neb. Law. 35, (Oct 2002)
Notice Pleading Comes to Nebraska - Part III - Odds and Ends, Neb. Law. 7, (Nov 2002)
What's So Special About Special Proceedings? Making Sense of Nebraska's Final Order Statute, 80 Neb. L. Rev. 239, (2001)
Nebraska Civil Procedure (Thomson Reuters 2018)
Simultaneous Recoupment in the Maryland Medical Electronic Claim Submission Market (with David I. Rosenbaum) in Measuring Market Power (Daniel Slottje ed., Elsevier Science, B.V., 2002)
Did the Collateral Order Doctrine Die Without Leaving Any Next of Kin?, Nebraska Defense Counsel Association Annual Seminar, Lincoln NE (June 1, 2018)
The New Subpoena Statutes, 2017 Nebraska State Bar Association Meeting, Lincoln, NE (October 13, 2017)
Is the Collateral Order Doctrine Really Dead?, Appellate Practice Section Seminar, 2017 Nebraska State Bar Association Meeting, Lincoln, NE (October 11, 2017)
Some Thoughts on Appeals and Special Proceedings, Nebraska Appellate Judges’ Spring Education Meeting, Lincoln, NE (April 20, 2017)
The 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: How Much Has Really Changed? Lincoln Bar Association Clinic, Lincoln, NE (February 9, 2017)
A Comparison of the Federal and Nebraska Discovery Rules, Nebraska Appellate Judges’ Spring Education Meeting, La Vista, NE (May 3, 2016)
The 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Nebraska Chapter of the Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA), Lincoln, NE (February 18, 2015)
New Developments in Personal Jurisdiction and Service of Process, Lincoln Bar Association Clinic, Lincoln, NE (March 20, 2014)
Booting Up the Discovery Rules: An Overview of Electronic Discovery Issues, Nebraska County Judges’ Summer Education Meeting, Nebraska City, NE (June 26, 2013)
Current Issues: Personal Jurisdiction, Service and the Internet, Nebraska Appellate Judges’ Spring Education Meeting, Omaha, NE (May 17, 2012)
The Plausibility Pleading Standard in Nebraska, Nebraska Defense Counsel Annual Seminar, Lincoln, NE (May 13, 2011)
Big Topics, Shrinking Credits, AALS 1010 Mid-Year Meeting, Workshop on Civil Procedure, New York, NY (June 12, 2010)
Now You See It, Now You Don’t: An Overview of Vacating Civil Judgments in Nebraska, Lincoln Bar Association Clinic, Lincoln, NE (February 11, 2010)
Using Actual Cases to Teach Appellate Advocacy, Conference on New Frontiers in Teaching and Learning, Suffolk University School of Law, Boston, MA (June 9, 2007)
Reflections on Ireland and Irish Law, Lincoln Bar Association Clinic, Lincoln, NE (March 13, 2006)
Appellate Refresher Course for Attorneys, NCLE Program on Appellate Practice in Nebraska, Lincoln, NE (April 16, 2004)
The New Nebraska Rules of Practice and Pleading, Woods and Aitken Litigation Department, Lincoln, NE (December 16, 2002)
You Can Teach Old Lawyers New Tricks: New Pleading Requirements, Lincoln Bar Association Clinic, Lincoln, NE (November 18, 2002)
Philosophical Underpinnings of the New Rules of Pleading, Nebraska Judicial Branch Education Program on Notice Pleading and Discovery, Omaha, NE (October 16, 2002)
Notice Pleading, Annual Institute on the Survey of Nebraska Law, Lincoln, NE (August 31, 2002)
Dealing with Improper or Abrasive Deposition Practices, Federal Practice Committee Continuing Legal Education Program, Omaha, NE (July 28, 2000)
First-Year Professor of the Year 2015, 2013, 2012, 2009
Nebraska State Bar Foundation Award for Outstanding Legal Educator 2011
Nebraska State Bar Association Service Award of Special Merit 2008
College of Law Alumni Council Distinguished Faculty Award 2008
Amid FTC concerns, Conagra's planned sale of Wesson Oil to J.M. Smucker is in doubt, Omaha World Herald, March 6, 2018
Why Raising Filing Fees to Protect Debtors is a Bad Idea Lincoln Journal Star, May 16, 2016
Clerk refuses to issue marriage licenses to gays Lincoln Journal Star, March 2, 2015
Kofoed ordered to pay $6.5M to 2 men wrongly jailed after '06 slayings Omaha World-Herald, April 2, 2014
Heineman building far-reaching judicial legacy Lincoln Journal Star, August 11, 2013
Proposed ConAgra deal draws scrutiny Omaha World-Herald, July 9, 2013
Fellow, Nebraska State Bar Foundation
Visiting Professor, Vytautus Magnus University School of Law, Kaunas, Lithuania, 2002