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Strom, Lyle Elmer

Born January 6, 1925, in Omaha, NE

Federal Judicial Service

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

Nominated by Ronald Reagan on September 27, 1985, to a seat vacated by Albert G. Schatz. Confirmed by the Senate on October 25, 1985, received commission on October 28, 1985. Sworn in on November 1, 1985. Served as chief judge, 1987-1994. Assumed senior status on November 2, 1995. Assumed inactive senior status, December 1, 2017.


Creighton University, B.A., 1950

Creighton University School of Law, J.D. (Cum Laude), 1953

Professional Career

Private practice, Omaha, Nebraska, 1953-1985

Adjunct professor, Municipal Corporations, Creighton University School of Law, 1958-1970

Adjunct professor, Trial Practice, Creighton University School of Law, 1974-1995

Clinical professor - Robert M. Spire Internship Program, Creighton University School of Law, 1996-2005


Nebraska State Bar Association (admitted 1953; House of Delegates, 1977-1981; executive council, 1981-1987; president, 1989-1990)

Omaha Bar Association (president, 1980-1981; Memorials Committee, 1976-1995; chairman, Committee on Supreme Court Redistricting, 1974-1980)

American Bar Association Foundation 1996-present

American College of Trial Lawyers (Fellow) - 1970-present

International Academy of Trial Lawyers (Fellow) - 1974-present

Committee on Inquiry for 4th Judicial District, 1970-1985

Archbishop's Committee for Educational Development, 1983-present (chairman, 1983-1984)

Omaha Rotary Club (board of directors, 1988-1991; president, 1993-1994)

Mid-America Council, Boy Scouts of America (chairman, executive committee, Juvenile Diversion Program, 1990-present; board of trustees, executive committee)

Alpha Sigma Nu (Jesuit honorary fraternity)

Defense Research Institute

Honors And Awards

Creighton University School of Law Faculty Award, 1953

8th Circuit Professionalism Award, American Inns of Court, 2001

Nebraska State Bar Foundation, Distinguished Service Award, 1995

Nebraska State Bar Foundation, Distinguished Service Award, 2001

Omaha Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award, 2002

Nebraska State Bar Association, George Turner Award, 2006

Former Memberships

Midwestern Association of Amateur Athletics Union (president), 1976-1978

Committee on Rules and Procedure, American Bar Association, 1977-1985

Provisional Remedies Subcommittee, Supreme Court Committee on Practice and Procedure, 1978-1982

8th Circuit Court of Appeals Gender Fairness Task Force (chairman), 1993-1997

8th Circuit Judicial Conference Committee on Study Restructuring of the Judicial Conference

Committee on Practice and Procedure, co-chairman, Federal Practice Committee, U.S. District Court-District of Nebraska


U.S. Merchant Marine (U.S. Naval Reserve); 1943-1946