Cylenthia LaToye Miller
LaToye Miller was appointed Judge of the 36th Judicial
District Court on April 10, 2006, elected by the people of the
city of Detroit in November 2006, & reelected in November
Judge Miller presides over cases in the Criminal and
Traffic Division of the Court, which includes Felony
Preliminary Examinations, Traffic & Ordinance
Misdemeanors, and Civil Infractions.
She is honored and humbled to serve on the largest
district court in the state of Michigan and one of the busiest
district courts in the country.
She is the daughter of George B. Miller, Jr. and Sharon E.
Bernard Miller, the first Black couple to graduate from the University of
Arkansas Law School. In fact, her
mother is the first Black woman lawyer in the history of the state of Arkansas.
As the daughter of such trailblazers, Judge Miller was taught, at a very
young age, the critical importance of service to the community, equal justice
for all, and faith with works.
Judge Miller is the former Director of the Detroit Workforce Development
Department, a Michigan Works! Agency. In
her capacity as director, she supervised and directed the daily activities of
the department and contractors. Most importantly, Judge Miller exhibited
tremendous integrity when she reported excess grant funds in the department and
called in a forensic audit firm and ultimately, the State and Federal monitors.
That decision lead to the department returning over $10 million in
improperly withheld funds to the State and Federal government.
In addition, she managed and oversaw a budget that at times exceeded
$100 million during the course of her four-year tenure.
Finally, she ensured that the department and contractors complied with
the federal, state, and local statutes, regulations, rules, and policies for
the grants and programs within the department.
Judge Miller has extensive experience as a labor and employment attorney and
has handled all phases of traditional labor and employment litigation matters
while in private practice at Lewis & Munday, P.C. and at Dykema Gossett,
PLLC. Judge Millerís practice
included AFSCME labor negotiations, school district & municipal arbitration
hearings, administrative matters and cases involving harassment and
discrimination based on race, gender, age, religion, and disability, breach of
contract, ERISA benefits, and defamation of character.
She worked during high school, college, and law school, which she explains to
persons who appear before her in order to encourage them to obtain employment
and further, to understand that if she did it, so can they.
Consequently, before becoming an attorney, Judge Miller was employed as
an Intake Specialist and later, as a Crisis Line Counselor and Supervisor at
Neighborhood Service Organization; a Regulatory Specialist at the Michigan
Credit Union League; a Mediator of landlord/tenant disputes at Wayne County
Neighborhood Legal Services; a Law Librarian at the UAW Headquarters; a Legal
Secretary at a local law firm; and a Police Cadet Supervisor & Payroll
Assistant for the Detroit Police Department, among other positions.
As a result, she brings skills and experience to the bench that uniquely
qualify her to be a Judge.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Wayne State
University in 1988 and attended the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).
She received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Michigan State University
College of Law in 1996. Judge
Miller was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1996 and to the State Bar
of Arkansas in 1997.
Judge Miller has also worked as an Adjunct Professor at Baker College of Allen
Park since the 2012 Fall semester to the present, which she enjoys immensely.
She also serves as Chair of the Judicial Campaigns Committee of the Michigan
District Judges Association. Judge
Miller is Past President of the Association of Black Judges of Michigan; Past
Chair of the Women Lawyers Division of the National Bar Association; Past
President of the Wolverine Bar Association; Past President of the Women Lawyers
Association of Michigan; and a former Michigan Democratic Party Precinct
Delegate in the 13th Congressional District.
She is a Golden Heritage Life Member of the NAACP, Gold Sustaining member of
the Trade Union Leadership Council, and a member of St. Cecilia Roman Catholic
Church; National Council of Negro Women; National Congress of Black Women; the
Wolverine Bar Association; the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan; the State
Bar of Michigan; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; the National Lawyers Guild;
the Democratic Party (Member - Eleanor Roosevelt, Wayne County Black Caucus,
and the 13th & 14th Congressional Districts).
Throughout her career, Judge Miller has received numerous awards and honors,
including, but not limited to: Alvin L. Storrs Outstanding Mentoring Award
(2011); Humanitarian of the Year Award, Michigan Business & Technical
Institute, December 2009; 2008-09 Member of the Year, Association of Black
Judges of Michigan, August 2009; Presidentís Award, National Bar Association,
August 2009, 2006, & 2000; Certificate of Congressional Recognition, Cong.
Sheila Jackson Lee, July 2008; Distinguished Service Award, Detroit City
Council, February 2008; Sheroe Award, McKinney Elementary School, February
2008; Special Recognition Award, Wolverine Bar Association, June 2007; Shining
Star Award, Wolverine Bar Association, September 2005; Citizen Lawyer Award,
State Bar of Michigan, August 2005; Distinguished Alumni Award, Wolverine
Student Bar Association, April 2003; Top 5 Up & Coming Lawyer, Michigan
Lawyers Weekly, August 2001; 2000-2001 Member of the Year, Wolverine Bar
Association, June 2001; and Dent/Murphy Trailblazer Award, Wolverine Student
Bar Association, Spring 2000.
Judge Miller is also a published co-author of the following articles: Former
Drug Addicts in the Workplace, An Employer's Dilemma, Laches, Oakland County
Bar Association, August 1998, No. 391, with co-author, Thomas J. Guyer; and
Sexual Harassment: Recent U. S. Supreme Court Decisions, Labor and Employment
Lawnotes, Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, Winter
1998, Vol. 8, No. 4, with co-author, Camille Stearns Miller.