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Smith Camp, Laurie

Born November 28, 1953, in Omaha, NE
Died September 23, 2020, in Omaha, NE

Federal Judicial Service

Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska

Nominated by George W. Bush on September 4, 2001, to a seat vacated by William G. Cambridge; Confirmed by the Senate on October 23, 2001 by a vote of 100-0, and sworn in November 2, 2001. Served as chief judge, 2011-2018. Assumed senior status, December 1, 2018


Stanford University, B.A. (with distinction), 1974

University of Nebraska College of Law, J.D., 1977

Professional Career

Private practice in Nebraska and Kansas, 1977-1980

General counsel, Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, 1980-1991

Chief, Civil Rights Section, Nebraska Department of Justice, 1991-1995

Chief deputy attorney general for criminal matters, Nebraska Department of Justice, 1995-2001

Developer, Lincoln Haymarket District, 1982-2001

Honors And Awards

Nebraska Law Review (editor-in-chief), 1976-77

Nebraska State Manager of the Year, 1994

Nebraska Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee Top Award, 2001

Warren K. Urbom Mentor Award, Robert Van Pelt American Inn of Court, 2004

Outstanding Contributor to Women in Law Award, NSBA Women and the Law Section, 2005

University of Nebraska - Lincoln, College of Law, Distinguished Alumni Award, 2006

University of Nebraska Foundation, President's Club, UN-L Chancellor's Society

Lifetime Fellow, Nebraska Bar Foundation

Former Memberships

Abendmusik, (president, classical music series)

Nebraska Coalition for Victims of Crime (director)

Nebraska Conference of United Church of Christ (director)

Nebraska Correctional Association (president)

Nebraska County Attorneys Association (director)

Nebraska Federal Practice Committee (chair)

Nebraska Shakespeare Festival (community board member)

Robert M. Spire American Inn of Court (president)

Robert Van Pelt American Inn of Court (president)

Willa Cather Foundation (director)


Investiture: Transcript, Video (February 22, 2002)

Resolution: Senior Status (December 1, 2018)

Memorial Service, Transcript (November 23, 2021)

Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference Tribute (October 2021)