John P. Lenich

Professor John Lenich

John P. Lenich Earl Dunlap Distinguished Professor of Law and Special Assistant to the Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

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Professor Lenich currently teaches Civil Procedure.  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 a member of the Uniform Law Commission and the Civil Reporter of the Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Practice and Procedure.  He has also been a speaker at various judicial and lawyer education programs and has written a number of articles on procedure.

In addition to teaching at the College of Law this year, Professor Lenich will be serving as a Special Assistant to the Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. His responsibilities include, among others, identifying needed improvements in the student code of conduct and the procedures used in conduct cases, advising the professional staff on conduct matters, procedures, and student rights, and preparing forms and reference materials for the professional staff.

Professor Lenich has been an active member of the university community, serving as member of the University Judicial Board, the ASUN Electoral Commission, and the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee.  He has also 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. 

Professor 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 & Myers where he specialized in sports antitrust litigation. He became a Husker fan shortly after he joined the faculty in 1984.


Antitrust & 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 & 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 & 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 ProcedureWest, 2008 (with 2015 Supplement)

Book Chapters

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)


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


Clerk refuses to issue marriage licenses to gays  Lincoln Journal Star, March 2, 2015

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  


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

Areas of Expertise


Special Assistant to the Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 2017
Professor of Law, 2002
Associate Dean, 1988-1990
Associate Professor of Law, 1988
Assistant Professor of Law, 1984