Laurie Smith Camp is the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska. She was appointed to the bench in 2001, and her nomination was confirmed by all 100 United States Senators. Laurie graduated with distinction from Stanford University in 1974, and received her J.D. in 1977 from University of Nebraska College of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Nebraska Law Review. She engaged in private practice in Nebraska and Kansas from 1977-80; served as General Counsel to Nebraska’s Department of Corrections from 1980-91; headed the Nebraska Attorney General’s Civil Rights Section from 1991-95; and was Chief Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Matters from 1995-2001.
From 1982-2001, Laurie, with three partners, initiated and sustained the development of Lincoln’s historic Haymarket, revitalizing the blighted warehouse district.