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 72)
Los Angeles, California US
Political partyDemocratic Party
Alma materWellesley College (B.A.)
Columbia University School of Law (J.D.)

Lindsey Gale Miller-Lerman (born July 30, 1947)[3] is a justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, appointed by Governor Ben Nelson in 1998.[4] She is the first woman on the court.[5] Miller-Lerman was most recently retained in 2014 for a term that expires in 2020.[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]

In 1961, Miller-Lerman was a member of the United States Maccabiah Games swimming team in Israel, where she won two gold and one silver medals.[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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Grossman, Mary Sue (25 July 2014). "13th Annual Jewish Film Festival". The Jewish Press. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Lindsey Gale Miller – California Birth Index". FamilySearch. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  4. ^ O'Hanlon, Kevin (11 August 2013). "Heineman building far-reaching judicial legacy". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  5. ^ Mabin, Clarence (30 September 2006). "Women judges increase in numbers, but barriers might remain". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Judicial Retention Filings – 2014 Elections – Judicial Candidate List for retention in office" (PDF). Nebraska Secretary of State. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  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 (Volume 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: 217. ISBN 978-0-465-09205-5. OCLC 8306742. Retrieved 28 March 2015. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  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. 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