|Current Court Information:|
|Nebraska Supreme Court|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Ben Nelson|
|Past post:||Judge, Nebraska Court of Appeals|
|Past post 2:||Attorney in private practice|
|Past term 2:||1975-1992|
|Undergraduate:||Wellesley College, Massachusetts|
|Law School:||Columbia University School of Law in 1973|
Lindsey Miller-Lerman is a justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court. She was appointed to the court in September 1998 by Governor Ben Nelson, a Democrat. After her retention in 2008, her current term ends in 2014.
Miller-Lerman received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and her J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law in 1973. Justice Miller-Lerman also earned an honorary doctorate from the College of St. Mary, Omaha, Nebraska in 1993.
2012 judicial performance evaluation
Every two years, the Nebraska State Bar Association compiles responses from lawyers to evaluate judges in the state. Subjects are rated in seven categories, then a determination is made for whether the judge should be retained. The seven categories considered are: legal analysis; impartiality; attentiveness; opinions; judicial temperament and demeanor; appropriate communication; and timeliness.
92.9 percent of respondents stated that Justice Miller-Lerman should be retained in office. To read the full evaluation, see: Nebraska State Bar Association, 2012 Evaluation Results.
In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Miller-Lerman received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.21, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of -0.18 that justices received in Nebraska. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.
- Official website of the Nebraska judiciary
- Nebraska Judicial Branch, Lindsey Miller-Lerman - District 2
- McCook Daily Gazette, "High court agrees, LB 701 unconstitutional," February 6, 2009
- SpeakOut.com, "Nebraska Changes Death Row Sentencing," August 3, 2001
|Former||John Gerrard • Harvey Johnsen •|