Lindsey Miller-Lerman

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Lindsey Miller-Lerman
Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, 2nd Judicial District
Assumed office
September 1, 1998
Nominated byBen Nelson
Preceded byD. Nick Caporale[1]
Chief Judge of the Nebraska Court of Appeals
In office
Nominated byBen Nelson
Personal details
Lindsey Gale Miller

(1947-07-30) July 30, 1947 (age 76)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materWellesley College (B.A.)
Columbia University School of Law (J.D.)

Lindsey Gale Miller-Lerman (born July 30, 1947)[2] is a justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, appointed by Governor Ben Nelson in 1998.[3] She is the first woman to serve on the court.[4] Miller-Lerman was retained in 2014 and 2020; her term expires in 2026.[5][6]

Early life[edit]

Miller-Lerman was born in Los Angeles, California, to father Avy Miller, an engineer who founded Laars-Engineers (which is now called Laars Heating Systems),[7][8] and Roberta Miller (née Levey).[9]

She received a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Wellesley College[7] in 1968,[10] where she was a classmate of Hillary Clinton.[11] She and Clinton were both political science majors.[11]

After graduating from Wellesley, Miller-Lerman worked at a Cleveland legal aid clinic.[10] She obtained a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School in 1973 and an Honorary Doctorate from the College of St. Mary in 1993.[1]


From 1973 to 1975, Miller-Lerman clerked for Judge Constance Baker Motley, a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.[12][13] After this time, Miller-Lerman and her husband moved from New York to Nebraska.[10]

Private practice[edit]

In 1976, Miller-Lerman joined the law firm of Kutak Rock & Huie, now Kutak Rock.[13] 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.[14] Miller-Lerman worked part-time as a partner at Kutak Rock while she raised her children.[15] This part-time agreement did not penalize Miller-Lerman's chances for promotion,[12] which Miller-Lerman credited to senior partner Bob Kutak's influence.[12] 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.[12]


In 1992, Miller-Lerman was appointed as a judge in the Nebraska Court of Appeals.[16] 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.[13]

In 1998, Miller-Lerman took office as a Nebraska Supreme Court Judge for District 2, replacing retiring Judge D. Nick Caporale.[1][17] She was retained in office in 2002 and 2008.[1]

Notable cases[edit]


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.[19] Senator J. James Exon was one of her supporters.[20] 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.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Miller-Lerman was a member of the United States 1961 Maccabiah Games swimming team in Israel, where she won two gold medals and one silver medal.[7]

In 1969, Miller-Lerman married Dr. Stephen Lerman.[7] They had 2 children. The marriage ended in divorce.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Nebraska Supreme Court Judges, 2013" (PDF). 2012–13 Nebraska Blue Book. Nebraska Legislature. 2012. p. 767. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 May 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Lindsey Gale Miller – California Birth Index". FamilySearch. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  3. ^ O'Hanlon, Kevin (11 August 2013). "Heineman building far-reaching judicial legacy". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  4. ^ Mabin, Clarence (30 September 2006). "Women judges increase in numbers, but barriers might remain". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Judicial Retention Filings – 2014 Elections – Judicial Candidate List for retention in office" (PDF). Nebraska Secretary of State. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Nebraska Secretary of State - Election Night Results - November 3rd, 2020". Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  7. ^ a b c d "Lindsey G. Miller Will Be Wed To Dr. Stephen James Lerman". The New York Times. 9 March 1969. p. 81. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Laars celebrates more than 60 years of innovation" (PDF). Phc News. March 2009. pp. 64–67. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Avy Miller mentioned in the record of Avy Miller and Roberta Lee Levey". FamilySearch. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  10. ^ a b c d Walsh, Diana Chapman. "Wellesley Graduates" (PDF). Wellesley College. pp. 14–15. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  11. ^ a b Roberst, Kelly (24 February 1993). "Student's mother a former classmate of Hillary Clinton" (PDF). Central High Register. Vol. 106, no. 6. p. 1. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  12. ^ a b c d Epstein, Cynthia Fuchs (1981). Women in Law. New York: Basic Books. p. 217. ISBN 978-0-465-09205-5. OCLC 8306742. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  13. ^ a b c Gradwohl, Judge Janice L. (April 2000). "Inching Through the Glass Ceiling: The History of the Selection of Women Judges in Nebraska" (PDF). The Nebraska Lawyer. Lincoln, NE: Nebraska State Bar Association: 12–18. ISBN 9781610271011. OCLC 38005680. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  14. ^ "Lindsey Miller-Lerman". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ "One woman among six applicants for Nebraska Supreme Court post". The Grand Island Independent. 23 June 1998. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ "2 women interviewed for attorney general". The Baltimore Sun. Newsday. 10 February 1993. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  20. ^ 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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Preceded by
D. Nick Caporale
Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court