Nebraska Chief Justice Michael Heavican has been named to leadership positions with two national judicial organizations.

Heavican was selected as president of the Conference of Chief Justices, which is composed of the top judicial officers of each state. He was also named chairman of the board of the National Center for State Courts, a nonprofit court organization that aims to improve justice administration.

His one-year terms for both positions are effective immediately.

“Heavican is a remarkable leader, both in his state and on the national level,” Mary McQueen, president of the National Center, said in a press release. “We are fortunate to have someone of Heavican's knowledge and experience step into these leadership roles.”

Heavican became chief justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court in 2006. Before that, he worked for five years at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Nebraska. From 1975 to 1990, he served in the Lancaster County Attorney's Office.

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