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Gov. Dave Heineman has appointed Stephanie Stacy and Andrew Jacobsen, both of Lincoln, to serve as district judges in Lancaster County, the state's third judicial district.

One will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Jeffre Cheuvront and one will fill a new position created in 2009 by the Nebraska Legislature.

Stacy and Jacobsen both are graduates of the University of Nebraska College of Law.

Stacy, 49, has practiced law for 20 years in Nebraska and is a partner at Baylor, Evnen, Curtiss, Grimit & Witt LLP.

She teaches child advocacy and previously taught pre-trial litigation at the Law College in Lincoln. She has been a member of the Nebraska Bar Association since 1991, according to a news release by the governor's office.

Jacobsen, 48, has practiced law for more than 20 years in Nebraska, and serves as a deputy Lancaster County Attorney.

In his work for the County Attorney's office, Jacobsen prosecuted felony crimes and has specialized in homicide, homicide by child abuse and shaken baby syndrome cases, according to the news release.

Jacobsen, a member of the Nebraska Bar Association since 1989, was named the 2003 Prosecutor of the Year by the Nebraska Conservation Officers Association.

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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