New Judge For The Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court

On October 6, 2011, the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court swore in Judge Tom Stine as the newest member of the bench. Judge Stine assumes the vacant position which was held by Judge Michael P. Cavel, who retired on September 30, 2011.

According to a Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court Notice, Judge Stine received his bachelor's degree in 1984 from Wayne State College and his law degree from the University of South Dakota in 1987. Thereafter, Judge Stine practiced as a trial attorney with an emphasis on workers' compensation and personal injury law. His career spans over 20 years in Nebraska, including six years of service as a Civil Litigation Bureau Chief at the Nebraska Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General. As the Civil Litigation Bureau Chief, he organized and oversaw workers' compensation litigation, federal civil rights litigation, state tort litigation, state contract litigation, employment law litigation, Administrative Procedures Act litigation, and inmate litigation. Since 2000 and prior to appointment as a Workers' Compensation Court judge, Judge Stine served as Assistant Attorney General. The Nebraska Workers' Compensation Act, originally titled the Nebraska Workman's Compensation Act, was first enacted by statute (Nebraska Revised Statutes, Chapter 48) in the early 1900s generally to provide benefits for employees injured at work. Soon thereafter, the Unicameral took a unique approach and established a state Workmen's Compensation Court to adjudicate workers' compensation claims. The bench consists of seven judges in total and judges are initially appointed by the governor to serve six-year terms. After a judge serves his or her six-year term, he or she is subject to electoral approval for continuing terms. For additional information, please point your web browser to the following link: http://www.wcc.ne.gov/about/history_mission_organization.aspx

On October 6, 2011, the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court swore in Judge Tom Stine as the newest member of the bench. Judge Stine assumes the vacant position which was held by Judge Michael P. Cavel, who retired on September 30, 2011.

According to a Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court Notice, Judge Stine received his bachelor's degree in 1984 from Wayne State College and his law degree from the University of South Dakota in 1987. Thereafter, Judge Stine practiced as a trial attorney with an emphasis in workers' compensation and personal injury law. His career spans over 20 years in Nebraska, including six years of service as a Civil Litigation Bureau Chief at the Nebraska Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General. As the Civil Litigation Bureau Chief, he organized and oversaw workers' compensation litigation, federal civil rights litigation, state tort litigation, state contract litigation, employment law litigation, Administrative Procedures Act litigation, and inmate litigation. Since 2000 and prior to appointment as a Workers' Compensation Court judge, Judge Stine served as Assistant Attorney General. The Nebraska Workers' Compensation Act, originally titled the Nebraska Workman's Compensation Act, was first enacted by statute (Nebraska Revised Statutes, Chapter 48) in the early 1900s generally to provide benefits for employees injured at work. Soon thereafter, the Unicameral took a unique approach and established a state Workmen's Compensation Court to adjudicate workers' compensation claims. The bench consists of seven judges in total and judges are initially appointed by the governor to serve six-year terms. After a judge serves his or her six-year term, he or she is subject to electoral approval for continuing terms. For additional information, please point your web browser to the following link:

http://www.wcc.ne.gov/about/history_mission_organization.aspx