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(Neb)-Chief Federal District Judge Moving To Senior Status In A Year

By: John Axtell Posted at: 11/30/2017 11:40 PM
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The chief judge for Nebraska's U.S. District Court has announced her plans to retire to senior status a year from now, creating an opening on the federal bench in Omaha.  
       Judge Laurie Smith Camp says she'll maintain a full caseload after she takes senior status effective Dec. 1, 2018...which coincides with the end of her 7-year term as chief judge.

        Smith Camp, who turned 64 on Tuesday, spent the first 3 years of her legal career in the private sector before spending the next 21 years with the state of Nebraska...the last 6 as Chief Deputy Attorney General for criminal matters before being named to the federal bench in 2001.
     Nebraska has three active federal district judgeships - two in Omaha, and one in Lincoln -  filled by presidential nomination and U.S. Senate confirmation.

     If normal practice is followed President Trump will confer with Nebraska Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse, both Republicans, for recommendations to fill the bench.

      Fischer released a statement praising Smith Camp as a role model for all Nebraskans who has served the people of the state with integrity and excellence, and whose professionalism leaves a legacy for all jurists who will succeed her to follow.
      Sasse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says he and Fischer will be looking for applicants like Smith Camp -  "men and women of integrity who are also committed to the Constitution and the rule of law."
      Fischer and Sasse say they will soon announce the application process for attorneys interested in filling the U.S. District Court vacancy


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