Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Profile of Judge Deciding Stadium TRO Request

Judge Miller was elected to the office of Superior Court Judge in 1996. Previous to her election, she served as a Court Commissioner in the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda from 1987 - 1996. Prior to her judicial career, she practiced law for ten years, including six years with the firm formerly known as Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges in San Francisco. Judge Miller has served as a faculty member for the annual California Judges College since 1989, and other judicial education programs, including the areas of Probate, Family Law, and Domestic Violence. She serves as a faculty member for various attorney educational programs. Judge Miller is active in the community and played a key role in developing and implementing a court educational outreach program for youth in local public middle schools.

Judge Miller was admitted to the California Bar in December 1978. She attended and graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law (1974 - 1978), receiving her Juris Doctor Degree, Cum Laude while working full time. Judge Miller was formerly a member of the McAuliffe Honor Society and the recipient of Am Jur Awards for Civil Procedure (1976) and Estate Planning (1978). She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of Kentucky (1969-1973), while working part-time and was an Honors student.

BLOG EDITOR’S ANALSYIS OF JUDGE MILLER: She’s from the South, where they love football and don’t care much for tree-huggers. After conducting research, I’ve found nothing to suggest that she is an activist judge. She worked for Thelen Marrin (Now Thelen Reid Brown) formerly one of the city’s top law firms. Thus she wasn’t working for EarthFirst! or the migrant workers’ legal defense fund. The big question is why she would go to USF, after having done well at U of K. USF is a tier 3 school, which she attended in the mid-70’s. My guess is that she either specifically chose USF because of its location in liberal SF, or her husband was transferred to the Bay Area. Let’s hope it’s the latter.

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