|Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, 2nd Judicial District|
|Assumed office |
September 1, 1998
|Nominated by||Ben Nelson|
|Preceded by||D. Nick Caporale|
|Chief Judge of the Nebraska Court of Appeals|
|Nominated by||Ben Nelson|
Lindsey Gale Miller
July 30, 1947
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Wellesley College (B.A.)|
Columbia University School of Law (J.D.)
Lindsey Gale Miller-Lerman (born July 30, 1947) is a justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, appointed by Governor Ben Nelson in 1998. She is the first woman to serve on the court. Miller-Lerman was retained in 2014 and 2020; her term expires in 2026.
After graduating from Wellesley, Miller-Lerman worked at a Cleveland legal aid clinic. She obtained a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School in 1973 and an Honorary Doctorate from the College of St. Mary in 1993.
From 1973 to 1975, Miller-Lerman clerked for Judge Constance Baker Motley, a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. After this time, Miller-Lerman and her husband moved from New York to Nebraska.
In 1976, Miller-Lerman joined the law firm of Kutak Rock & Huie, now Kutak Rock. From 1976 to 1979, Miller-Lerman was an associate; from 1980 to 1992, she was a partner. She was at Kutak Rock until her appointment to the Nebraska Court of Appeals. Miller-Lerman worked part-time as a partner at Kutak Rock while she raised her children. This part-time agreement did not penalize Miller-Lerman's chances for promotion, which Miller-Lerman credited to senior partner Bob Kutak's influence. Her regular schedule was three days a week, but since Miller-Lerman specialized in litigation, her schedule was adjusted when she had cases that went to court.
In 1992, Miller-Lerman was appointed as a judge in the Nebraska Court of Appeals. She was the first woman in the state to serve on a court higher than the district court. After four years on the Nebraska Court of Appeals, Miller-Lerman became Chief Judge, a position she held from 1995 to 1998.
In 1993, Miller-Lerman's name was mentioned as being under consideration in the selection process for United States Attorney General during Bill Clinton's presidency. Senator J. James Exon was one of her supporters. Janet Reno was eventually selected for the position.
Miller-Lerman has been published in the following journals: Creighton Law Review; Litigation News & Notes; ABA Journal; The National Law Journal; Columbia Law Review; Wisconsin Law Review; Annals of Internal Medicine.
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- Miller-Lerman, Lindsey (1 January 1987). "Should Part-Time Lawyers Stay on the Partnership Track? Merit is More Than Billable Hours". ABA Journal. Chicago: American Bar Association: 36. ISSN 0747-0088. OCLC 10269097. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
- Miller-Lerman, Lindsey; Day O'Connor, Sandra; Spaeth, Nicholas; White, Byron R. (5 August 1993). "Supreme Court Justices Perspective" (Video of panel at the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference). C-SPAN. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
- "One woman among six applicants for Nebraska Supreme Court post". The Grand Island Independent. 23 June 1998. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
- Duggan, Joe (9 January 2015). "Opponents Vow to Fight: Supreme Court upholds pipeline route law in split decision". The Grand Island Independent. World-Herald News Service. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
- "2 women interviewed for attorney general". The Baltimore Sun. Newsday. 10 February 1993. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
- Lauter, David (11 February 1993). "Clinton Close to Naming Attorney General : Cabinet: Three women are said to be the main candidates. Officials say an announcement could come as soon as today". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
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- Miller-Lerman, Lindsey. "Should Part-Time Lawyers Stay on the Partnership Track?" American Bar Association. ABA Journal. Chicago: American Bar Association, January 1, 1987. p. 36. ISSN 0747-0088 OCLC 10269097
- Sorenson, Laurel. "Life Beyond the Law Office." American Bar Association. ABA Journal. Chicago: American Bar Association, July 1984. Volume 70 pp. 68–71. ISSN 0747-0088 OCLC 10269097