Stephanie Stacy

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Stephanie Stacy
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Court Information:
Nebraska District 3
Title:   Judge
Appointed by:   Gov. Dave Heineman
Active:   2011-2020
Past post:   Attorney in private practice
Past term:   1993-2011
Personal History
Law School:   Education University of Nebraska College of Law, 1991
Grad. School:   University of Nebraska-Omaha, 1988
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  3rd District
Position:  Retention
State:  Nebraska
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  11/4/2014
Election vote:  77.8%ApprovedA

Stephanie F. Stacy is a judge for the Third District Court in Lancaster County, Nebraska. She was appointed to this position by Governor Dave Heineman in October 2011.[1][2] Stacy was retained in 2014 for a term that expires in 2020.[3]



See also: Nebraska judicial elections, 2014
Stacy was retained to the 3rd District with 77.8 percent of the vote on November 4, 2014.[3]


Stacy received a B.S. in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 1988, and a J.D. from the Education University of Nebraska College of Law in 1991.[4]


  • Partner of Baylor, Evnen, Curtiss, Grimit & Witt LLP at the time of judicial appointment

Notable cases

Keystone pipeline approval case (2014)

Judge Stacy ruled on February 19, 2014, that the governor does not have the power to approve the passage of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline through the state of Nebraska.[5]

The pipeline, which would move oil from Canada to Texas, was described by the judge as "a political lightning rod."[6] However, she said that the issue before her had nothing to do with whether or not the pipeline was a good idea. Instead, her ruling centered around who had the power to approve or disapprove the pipeline's passage through the state. She explained that, since the Public Service Commission (PSC) was tasked with such responsibilities, the governor could not make the call.

In 2012, the Legislature changed a law to allow Governor Dave Heineman, rather than the PSC, to approve the pipeline. The governor gave his approval in January of 2013. Landowners brought the lawsuit against the state, saying that the law violated the state constitution. Stacy rejected most of their claims, but agreed on one key point. The ruling stated,

It is clear the Legislature cannot…divest the PSC of jurisdiction over a class of common carriers and vest such power in another governmental agency.[6][7]

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