OBA Statement on the Passing of Judge Smith Camp
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Posted by: Dave Sommers
Statement on the passing of Hon. Laurie Smith Camp
The Omaha Bar Association, its Board of Directors and Executive Council, its staff, and its 1500 attorney members mourn the passing of Judge Laurie Smith Camp. She was 66 years old.
“It was an honor of a lifetime to work with Judge Smith Camp,” said OBA Executive Director Dave Sommers. “Her kindness and generosity knew no bounds. Her professionalism was second to none. She stood as an inspiration to generations of attorneys in Nebraska and beyond.”
“It is nearly impossible to overstate the impact Judge Smith Camp has had on the practice of law and legal community in Nebraska. In every way, she was a leader among her peers, and did everything in her power to show what the best of the legal profession looked like.”
Sommers continued, “Every Fall, Judge Smith Camp would come to the event welcoming new attorneys into law practice. She would make a point to meet every new attorney, and learn about them. Judge Smith Camp cared so deeply about the legal profession, and the important role that attorneys and judges hold in our society to bend the arc of history towards justice for all.”
“The Nebraska legal community has lost one of its biggest and brightest stars, someone who was looked up to by so many. Our world is darker today without her light.”
“We honor Judge Smith Camp by following her example by being kind, generous, and thoughtful, by being the best possible attorneys we can be.”
Judge Smith Camp had been serving as President of the OBA, a role she assumed on July 1, 2020, and was to hold until June 30, 2021. In her role as President, Smith Camp had set an agenda for the year that included a number of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs related to the 2020 8th Circuit Judicial Conference, since the event had been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. U.S. Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg was scheduled to attend the Conference, due in large part to the organizing acumen of Judge Smith Camp, and there was great disappointment when the Conference was canceled. Judge Smith Camp, in a tribute video recorded on Monday, September 21, paid tribute to Justice Ginsburg and the work of her lifetime.