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
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-Detroit 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 is President of the Association of Black Judges of
Michigan (By-Laws Committee Chairperson & Cross Bar Community Forum
Chairperson); a member of the Michigan District Judges Association Board of
Directors (Newsletter Committee Chairperson); and Vice-Chair, Charitiers I.
She is also 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). Judge Miller is Immediate Past Chair and a current Board member
of the Women Lawyers Division of the National Bar Association; a Past President
of the Wolverine Bar Association; a Past President of the Women Lawyers
Association of Michigan; and a former Michigan Democratic Party Precinct
Delegate in the 13th Congressional District.
career, Judge Miller has received numerous awards and honors, including, but
not limited to: 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