On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, the Honorable Laurie Smith Camp, Senior U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Nebraska and sitting President of the Omaha Bar Association, passed unexpectedly and peacefully at her home. She was 66. As statements
and remembrances of Judge Smith Camp come in, this webpage looks to serve as a central page where those in the legal community who want to honor the Judge can leave a written note or video can do so. Anyone looking to add their comments or video
can email email@example.com.
Obituary in the Omaha World-Herald, October 18, 2020
Laurie is survived by son, Jonathan Camp (Laura); daughter, Abby Camp (Ben); grandson, Carter; sister, Kay Smith Bruce; and longtime companion, Lee Shell.
A 1971 alumna of Burke High School, Laurie set off to Stanford University. Graduating with distinction in three years, she studied law at the University of London before returning home to Nebraska to complete her juris doctorate and serve as editor-in-chief of the Nebraska Law Review.
Laurie was not the first in her family to pursue a career in law. Her grandfather, Robert, was a political reformer who spent decades leveraging his position as clerk of the district court to root out systemic corruption. Her father, Edson, successfully prosecuted many of Omaha's underworld figures, later arguing cases before the United States Supreme Court. Laurie climbed to even greater heights during her lifetime.
After a brief stint in private practice, Laurie began her life's work of public service, successively as general counsel for the Nebraska Department of Corrections, head of the Civil Rights Section of the office of the Nebraska Attorney General, and then as Chief Deputy Attorney General for criminal matters. During much of this time, she also moonlighted as a real estate developer, working with three partners to restore blocks of derelict brick warehouses into Lincoln's Haymarket District.
When a vacancy emerged on the federal bench in 2001, Nebraskans put forth Laurie's name to President Bush as the top choice for nomination. The Senate agreed, confirming her unanimously in full session. She served as chief judge from 2011 through 2018, before taking senior status. A few of her many notable decisions include striking down a law requiring mental health screenings for women seeking abortions, voiding portions of a city ordinance prohibiting providing housing to illegal aliens, and holding that major employers are required to provide insurance coverage for all FDA-approved prescriptions for contraception.
Laurie particularly enjoyed complex cases involving expert witnesses, which afforded her an opportunity to learn new things and confront the intersection of our changing world with the law. Her favorite duties, however, were people-focused: performing wedding ceremonies (19 in her career, including those of her children) and presiding over naturalization ceremonies, congratulating new Americans on their citizenship. Her judicial philosophy maintained a tone of fairness and impartiality for the district. Her published sentencing practice dismissed any testimony which favored the privileged, wealthy, or well-connected over the poor or disadvantaged. She treated everyone who appeared before her with dignity and respect, recognizing that the matters before her might be some of the most significant events in each of the parties' lives.
Off the bench, Laurie was an inveterate patron of the arts and humanities. In recent months, she had been in conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg on ways to commemorate the 19th amendment's centennial; made provision for a large bronze sculpture of Willa Cather to replace J Sterling Morton in the US Capitol; and discovered and restored a long-lost painting of abolitionist and Supreme Court Justice Samuel Miller.
Among Laurie's ideals, few were more precious to her than the enfranchisement and advancement of women and other historically marginalized people. Laurie's work was not yet done, but it will now be carried on by the scores of Nebraskans whom she taught and mentored.
The Court will hold a public memorial service in Spring 2021. The family of Honorable Laurie Smith Camp is directing memorial gifts to a new scholarship fund for law students in her honor. Gifts can be made out to the University of Nebraska Foundation, with "Laurie Smith Camp Memorial" in the memo line or accompanying letter, and mailed to the University of Nebraska Foundation, 1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 300, Lincoln NE 68508.
Official Statement from Hon. John Gerrard, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska
Senior District Judge Laurie Smith Camp passed away unexpectedly and peacefully at her home overnight. Judge Smith Camp was appointed to the District Court by President George W. Bush in 2001, and was confirmed to that position by the Senate by a
unanimous vote of all 100 senators. She was the first woman appointed as a U.S. district judge in Nebraska. She assumed senior judge status in 2018, but continued to carry an active caseload. Chief Judge John M. Gerrard said of Judge Smith
Camp: "Judge Smith Camp was more than an outstanding judge and leader on this Court. To many of us, she was a mentor, true friend and confidante. Our prayers go out to Judge Smith Camp's family and to everyone who has been personally touched by
the wisdom and grace of this fabulous woman."
Judge Smith Camp was born in Omaha on November 28, 1953. She graduated with distinction from Stanford University in 1974, and earned her law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1977, where she served as editor-in-chief of the
Nebraska Law Review. Before being appointed to the bench, she was in private practice in Nebraska and Kansas between 1977 and 1980, served as General Counsel to Nebraska's Department of Corrections from 1980 to 1991, headed the Nebraska Attorney
General's Civil Rights Section from 1991 to 1995, and was Chief Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Matters from 1995 to 2001. In 2019, Judge Smith Camp was elected to serve as the 2020-2021 president of the Omaha Bar Association. And in addition
to her accomplished legal career, she, along with her three business partners, initiated and sustained the development of Lincoln's historic Haymarket district from 1982 to 2001.
Judge Smith Camp is survived by her two children, Jonathan and Abby.
Chief Judge John M. Gerrard has issued the following statement regarding the death of Senior U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp: "The entire federal court family is devastated by the sudden and unexpected loss of Senior Judge Laurie Smith Camp.
Judge Smith Camp was not just an outstanding judge and a true leader on our Court, but she was a gracious mentor, friend, and confidante to so many individuals in both the courthouse and the community. She truly was the Ruth Bader Ginsburg of
the Nebraska legal community. And I say that with the highest regard to both of these amazing women. Like Justice Ginsburg, Judge Smith Camp was a pioneer and advocate of women's rights, a wonderful mother, and she did it all with a quiet grace,
compassion and leading by example. Her legacy is profound and her historical mark on Nebraska's federal court is permanent."
Omaha Bar Association Statement
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
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.
Omaha World Herald Editorial: Laurie Smith Camp leaves an admirable legacy as a jurist and mentor (September 27, 2020)
the law is an immensely important bulwark for our society. It enables justice, safeguards freedom and restrains excessive government action. Federal judges, tasked with interpreting constitutional principles have highly challenging responsibilities.
Those judges must sort through complex legal considerations and ponder often delicate and controversial public issues. In translating abstract principles into practical decisions, they must be mindful of how their rulings can have enormous effects
on the lives of individuals and the future of businesses and institutions.
Through her years of service on the federal bench, Senior U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp was widely regarded for handling those responsibilities with professionalism and dedication. She achieved respect across philosophical lines in Nebraska
legal and political circles for her sound judgment, leadership and integrity.
The first woman appointed as U.S. district judge in the state, she was a role model and mentor. Her death last week at age 66 came as a shock to many Nebraskans who had watched her notable career, which included her appointment in 1995 as the state’s
first female deputy attorney general in charge of criminal matters.
A pioneer for women’s advancement and a respected federal jurist, Laurie Smith Camp leaves a legacy that inspires others to carry forward the professionalism and dedication vital to proper application of the law.
Creighton School of Law Dean Joshua Fershée
Although Judge Smith Camp was a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Law, she was also a loyal and vocal supporter of Creighton and our students and graduates. She was also incredibly kind and thoughtful, and I appreciated her efforts
to welcome Kendra and me to the community to help us connect with our new hometown.
Her grace, elegance, and intelligence were evident from the moment you met her, and she epitomized all that is good about the legal profession. My time knowing her was far too short, but no matter how long you knew her, I know that remains true.
I am glad I had the opportunity to call her a friend.
Her memory will certainly be a blessing, and she will be missed very much.
Creighton School of Law Professor Mike Kelly
For me, Judge Smith Camp’s passing is both a personal loss of a good friend and an institutional loss for our Law School community of a very involved and caring judge who served our students for many years as a mentor, role model, and friend.
She was always very interested to visit with the many foreign and international judges who came to law school to teach or make presentations, including Justice Gabriel Bach (Israel), Judge Ra’ad al Juhi (Iraq), and Judge Dragoljub Popovic (European
Court of Human Rights) among others – welcoming them to Omaha’s federal courthouse, learning about their judicial philosophies, and actively engaging them. She was equally generous with her time and expertise working with Creighton students
on moot court problems and through our local Inns of Court. Although a UNL grad, we at Creighton thought of her as one of our own and will miss her dearly.
The Daily Record: Judge Smith Camp Remembered as Nebraska's Ginsburg (September 26, 2020)
Laurie Smith Camp was deeply admired by her colleagues in the legal profession, and her absence will be felt long after her sudden death last Wednesday.
Smith Camp “passed away unexpectedly and peacefully at her home overnight,” according to
a statement released Thursday afternoon by the court. She was 66.
As a judge for the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, Smith Camp exemplified fairness and was regarded as a role model by many judges.
was committed to the equal protection of the law and the right to counsel,” said David Stickman, federal public defender for the District of Nebraska.
Smith Camp distributed a memo to lawyers outlining her philosophy of sentencing, which
stressed the importance that “application of the law should be reasonably predictable.”
In the memo, she outlined factors that she said carried little weight in requesting leniency, including whether the defendant has children, is religious,
comes from a good family, is a pillar of the community or is “homosexual, heterosexual, bisexual, transsexual, inter-sexual, feminine, small, slight-of-build, overweight, a law enforcement officer, a lawyer, a member of the clergy, a child molester,
or HIV-positive.” All defendants should be treated the same, she wrote, while also noting that “the objective of punishment itself is of questionable value” – particularly compared to deterrence and rehabilitation.
“I practiced in front
of her when I was in private practice, quite a bit,” Douglas County District Court Judge Horacio Wheelock said. “I always felt she had an innate sense of fairness, she always listened to my arguments. Whether she ruled against you or in your favor,
she always did it with class and with a well-reasoned decision.”
William Acosta-Trejo, the immediate past president of the Omaha Bar Association, said that Smith Camp was a genuine, kind and intelligent person.
“I remember the first
time I met her I thought, that is the epitome of what a judge or a lawyer should be, just the way she conducted herself, the way she carried herself. She was always just top-notch,” Acosta-Trejo said in an emailed statement.
District Court Judge John Gerrard compared Smith Camp to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died just five days earlier and whom Smith Camp had been working to bring to Omaha this past summer before the coronavirus pandemic scuttled
the plans for the 8th Circuit Judicial Conference.
“She truly was the Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Nebraska legal community. And I say that with the highest regard to both of these amazing women,” Gerrard said.
“Like Justice Ginsburg,
Judge Smith Camp was a pioneer and advocate of women's rights, a wonderful mother, and she did it all with a quiet grace, compassion and leading by example,” he added. “Her legacy is profound and her historical mark on Nebraska’s federal court
Smith Camp was the first woman appointed as a U.S. district judge in Nebraska. She was appointed in 2001 by President George W. Bush and received confirmation by the U.S. Senate by a unanimous
vote of all 100 senators. After serving as chief judge since 2011, she took senior status in December 2018.
Because Smith Camp was on senior status, her death does not trigger a judicial vacancy. Judge Brian Beuscher was appointed by President
Donald Trump last year to replace her on the bench.
An Omaha native, Smith Camp graduated with distinction from Stanford University in 1974 and went on to attend the University of Nebraska College of Law. She was editor-in-chief of the
Nebraska Law Review and graduated in 1977. She began her legal career in private practice for a few years in Nebraska and Kansas.
She served as the general counsel for the Nebraska Department of Corrections from 1980 to 1991, the head of
the Nebraska Attorney General’s Civil Rights Section from 1991 to 1995 and chief deputy attorney general for criminal matters at the state attorney general’s office from 1995 to 2001.
“She stood as an inspiration to generations of attorneys
in Nebraska and beyond,” said Dave Sommers, executive director of the Omaha Bar Association.
Even after taking senior status, Smith Camp continued to carry an active caseload while remaining involved in the broader
legal community, including starting a term in July as the president of the Omaha Bar Association.
Each fall, Smith Camp would welcome new Nebraska attorneys to the practice of law, where she would take the time to get to know more about
each of 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,” Sommers said. “The Nebraska legal community
has lost one of its biggest and brightest stars, someone who was looked up to by so many.”
Smith Camp invested time in recent months preparing for the 8th Circuit Judicial Conference, which would have featured remarks by Ginsburg in celebration
of the centennial of the 19th Amendment. Smith Camp recorded a tribute video Monday honoring the legacy of the Supreme Court justice. (Watch the video on YouTube at bit.ly/oba_rbg.)
Smith Camp said that Ginsburg personified “civility, collegiality,
public service, equal opportunity and courage” – all attributes that Smith Camp’s mourners also say applied to the Nebraska judge.
In the OBA video, Smith Camp shares some memories of her interactions with Ginsburg, including an exchange
of gay wedding scripts in 2013.
“She had just performed a gay wedding for friends of hers, and she received a bit of pushback for that,” Smith Camp said in the video. “That was controversial at that point in time. I have also performed
a gay wedding, and we enjoyed each other’s scripts.”
In a TEDxOmaha talk in 2013, Smith Camp explored how ethics is instilled in boys and girls, while illustrating how it contributes to the gender achievement gap by
detailing a few of the obstacles she encountered in her life.
“When I look back at the 60 years of history that I’ve observed first-hand, and I consider the achievement gap that still persists between men and women in so many areas of society,
I attribute much of that gap to two different codes of ethics applied disproportionately by the two sexes,” she said in the video. (Watch the full video at bit.ly/lsctedtalk.)
Smith Camp said that her first job was helping her father in
his law office on Saturday mornings when she was 10 years old.
“I noticed that the forms in the office, the legal forms, were different depending upon whether they were for a man or for a woman,” Smith Camp said. “If the form was for a
woman, her financial interests were placed in the protection of a man.”
One day, she asked one of the lawyers about it. A lawyer told her, “A man knows who his sons are, but he may not know who his sons-in-law will be.”
me years to figure that one out,” Smith Camp said.
She also asked another partner in the firm why there was so few interactions between the lawyers, who were all men, and the secretaries, who were all women, “although they were called girls,
no matter how old they were.”
“The partner told me the story of a brilliant young lawyer who became attracted to his secretary,” Smith Camp said. “The lawyer was married, but that was not an ethical problem. The secretary may not have welcomed
the lawyer’s advances, but that was not an ethical problem. The problem occurred when the lawyer gave the secretary partnership funds in exchange for her affections – that was a serious breach of ethics, and the young lawyer was banished in shame.”
at Stanford, she met with the dean of admissions to ask why women weren’t given equal admissions – especially when the university was otherwise committed to affirmative action for other disadvantaged groups.
“He said, ‘These other groups
have communities that we’re trying to lift up. There is no community of women,’” she said.
When Smith Camp graduated law school, many firms still refused to interview women at all.
“One lawyer who did grant me an interview said if
I worked in his firm, I’d have to stay in a back office out of sight, because his clients would never work with a woman,” Smith Camp said.
Smith Camp urged her fellow women to commit to taking good care of themselves and to achieve their
In addition to her legal career, Smith Camp and three business partners initiated and sustained the development of Lincoln’s historic Haymarket district from 1982 to 2001. Smith Camp was an owner
of the Haymarket Square Partnership and CH Ltd., according to court records.
According to the Lincoln Haymarket Development Corp., the City of Lincoln adopted a redevelopment plan for the Haymarket area in 1984 that called for public infrastructure
improvements and private rehabilitation projects.
The Haymarket was selected in 1985 as a demonstration project for the National Main Street Center. It was the first urban warehouse district to undertake that program from the National Trust
for Historic Preservation, according to the corporation.
“In the decades that followed, project by project, business by business, with new infrastructure and special events like Farmers Market, the Haymarket has been transformed from a
largely vacant, crumbling area into a vibrant part of Downtown Lincoln,” the corporation wrote on its website, lincolnhaymarket.org/history.
Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican said the late judge
was “a caring and compassionate trial court judge who was recognized by all in the legal community for her intelligent and skilled application of the law.”
“On a personal note, she was a close friend who was always supportive to me and
others through good times and bad,” Heavican said. “She was a gracious hostess, skilled conversationalist and generous to all with her time and resources. This is a sad day for the legal profession and for the State of Nebraska.”
Ackerman, a partner at Baird Holm LLP, called Smith Camp an “iconic role model.”
“She epitomized the best of our profession. She was a mentor to young lawyers. She was an inspiration to women,” Ackerman said. “We will honor her legacy by
treating each other with respect and honor, as she did.”
U.S. Attorney Joe Kelly said Smith Camp is sure to be missed.
“Judge Smith Camp was a remarkable person and judge,” he said. “She was brilliant, humorous and kind. Nebraska
has lost a great jurist.
Comments from Past OBA President Mike Kinney
Comments from Past OBA President Denise A. Hill
Judge Laurie Smith Camp was a gifted jurist and a wonderful person. A great loss to the Nebraska legal community. She will be missed.
Comments from Past OBA President Will Acosta-Trejo
The Omaha legal community was made better because of Judge Smith Camp. Each and every time I made an appearance in front of Judge Smith Camp I knew I had to be on my A game because I knew she was on hers. She made me want to be a better lawyer and
to know and express my cases better. She was incredibly intelligent and skilled in expressing her thoughts on the law. I will miss our discussions on case law, and I will miss her incredible personality. She was such a wonderful person and always
greeted everyone with a smile. She will be missed both in the courtroom and at all of our OBA events.
Comments from U.S. Attorney Joe Kelly
Judge Smith Camp was a remarkable person and judge. She was brilliant, humorous and kind. Nebraska has lost a great jurist. We will miss her.
Comments from U.S.Public Defender David Stickman
Judge Smith Camp was an excellent and intelligent judge. She had a perfect judicial temperament and was always very cordial. She was committed to the equal protection of the law and the right to counsel. Judge Smith Camp enjoyed history and she was largely
responsible for the tribute to Chief Standing Bear in the Hruska federal courthouse.
Judge Smith Camp will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences and sympathy goes to her family.
Comments from Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican
The Nebraska Supreme Court expresses condolences to the family of Judge Laurie Smith Camp and to all of her colleagues in Nebraska’s federal judiciary. Judge Smith Camp was a caring and compassionate trial court judge who was recognized by all in the
legal community for her intelligent and skilled application of the law to her many and varied cases. As an administrator she worked closely with the Nebraska state court system to share resources and cooperate whenever possible. She will be greatly missed.
On a personal note, she was a close friend who was always supportive to me and others through good times and bad. She was a gracious hostess, skilled conversationalist and generous to all with her time and resources. This is a sad day for the legal profession
and for the State of Nebraska.
Comments from Douglas County District Court Judge Horacio Wheelock
She was a tremendous jurist. Always polite, always greeted you with a smile. Extremely intelligent. She was the benchmark for what a judge should be in every way imaginable.
I practiced in front of her when I was in private practice, quite a bit. I always felt she had an innate sense of fairness, she always listened to my arguments. Whether she ruled against you or in your favor, she always did it with class and with a well-reasoned
I’ll be candid with you, she is truly a loss to all judges, not only in the state of Nebraska, but nationwide.
She was at all times even-tempered, an impartial arbiter, fair, kind. She was able to inherently separate her life experiences and values and decide her cases fairly and impartially, just on the facts as they were presented to her. And she had all
the human characteristics, honesty, integrity, her ability to apply the law to the facts that you would want in a jurist.
I can honestly say that she vigorously applied herself to the job at hand. And she worked tireless to make sure that all litigants were heard in her courtroom.
Comments from Nebraska State Bar Association President-Elect Jill Robb Ackerman
The Honorable Judge Smith Camp was an iconic role model for all who appeared before her whether as a lawyer, juror, witness or litigant. She lived the oath she took as a judge. She evinced that oath in the manner she ran the courtroom. She epitomized
the best of our profession. She was a mentor to young lawyers. She was an inspiration to women. My last conversation with her was about the 19th Amendment. We discussed the importance of understanding how the implementation of those rights is
still a work in progress. She was taken before her work was done. We will miss her. We will honor her legacy by treating each other with respect and honor, as she did. Sleep well, my friend.
Comments from Senior U.S. District Court Judge Joe Bataillon
Laurie Smith Camp was one of the most generous and thoughtful people I have ever known. As a lawyer and judge she possessed the talent and scholarship that garnered the highest respect by her fellow judges, lawyers and the public. Her passing creates
a void that diminishes our court and our community.
Comments from U.S. Senator Deb Fischer
Comments from U.S. Senator Ben Sasse
Judge Smith Camp was a smart, well-respected jurist who committed her life to serving her community and upholding the rule of law. She served her community for years and was an impeccable jurist who paved the way for women in the legal field in Nebraska.
Melissa and I mourn her death. We pray tonight for her family and loved ones.
Comments from Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts
Susanne and I are shocked and saddened that Judge Smith Camp has unexpectedly passed away. Before becoming a federal judge, she was a highly-respected attorney in both private practice and public service. Outside of her legal career, she was a friend
to the arts and a deeply-involved member of the community. We celebrate her work and will long remember her contributions to the Good Life.
Comments from Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert
Judge Smith Camp will be remembered for her long and distinguished career of service. She was a role model for all women in leadership, displaying expertise in her courtroom, strength, grace and poise; qualities I admire. In 2013, I was tremendously
honored to take the oath of office as Omaha's first woman mayor, from Judge Smith Camp, the first woman appointed as U.S. District Judge in Nebraska.
Comments from Senior U.S. District Court Judge Richard Kopf
Judge Laurie Smith Camp died in her sleep this past week. She was only 66 and so far as anyone knew, healthy. An honors graduate of Stanford and Editor in Chief of the Nebraska Law Review, she was brilliant and likely our best Chief Judge. But so much
more important to me was the person I knew and came to love like a sister. Social intelligence, kindness, class, sensitivity and graciousness was her essence.
Comments from OBA and NSBA Past President Amy Longo
I am so sad at the sudden passing of the Honorable Laurie Smith Camp. I extend my sympathy to Judge Smith Camp’s family and friends. Judge Smith Camp was a scholar, outstanding lawyer, and an excellent judge. She was a loyal supporter of the Omaha Bar
Association. I remember her magnificent Law Day speech in 2008. I was anticipating her year as OBA President because she did so many things so well. I am most grateful for her warmth toward and genuine interest in Nebraska lawyers. Judge Smith Camp was
a brilliant star. May her life inspire others to follow in her footsteps.
Statement from the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs
The Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs was saddened by the loss of longtime agency friend Senior District Judge Laurie Smith Camp. Smith Camp was a passionate supporter of the honoring of Ponca Chief Standing Bear and participated as a presenter at
numerous Chief Standing Bear events over the years. We were so happy that Smith Camp was able to attend the historic Statuary Hall dedication for Standing Bear in 2019. She will be greatly missed by our agency.
Statement from Tom Gaughen, Omaha Attorney
Judge Laurie Smith Camp was greatly be loved and respected by everyone with whom she came into contact. I have heard many lawyers say that it was a privilege to argue a case before her. One of the best things I can say about a judge is that you never
knew her politics. I am told that she applied the law to all cases and never let her political views get in the way. My best memory of her came several years ago when I sat at her table for the fellows dinner for the Nebraska State Bar Foundation.
It was a Hall of Fame moment for me having Judge Smith Camp on one side and Gary Radil on the other! She will be greatly missed!