When Arthur Miller enrolled in law school, he had no way of knowing that his career would eventually take him to the steps of the Supreme Court, or that he would be appearing on the national television program “Good Morning America.” He ventured into law school, at first unsure of what he wanted to do, and graduated with a deep-seated appreciation and love for the profession. He was guided into this mentality by his teacher, Professor Benjamin Kaplan, who became his role model. Prof. Miller also served as Prof. Kaplan’s research assistant and learned the value of communication, especially in a classroom setting from his teacher.
After earning an AB from the University of Rochester in 1955 with high honors, Prof. Miller found his way to Harvard Law School. He graduated from the institution in 1958, magna cum laude, with an LLB. During his time at the school, he served as the articles editor for the Harvard Law Review. This early success was a clear indicator of the kind of lawyer and educator he would become throughout the course of his career. Prof. Miller is considered a prominent law educator and humanitarian with a focus on court procedure, copywriting, intellectual property and sports law. Since 2007, he has leveraged his skills and expertise as a professor at the New York University School of Law. He previously served as the Bruce Bromley Professor of Law at Harvard Law School from 1986 to 2007, and originally began teaching at his alma mater in 1971. Prior to joining the faculty there, he taught at the University of Michigan Law School, the University of Minnesota Law School and Columbia Law School. Earlier in his career, he was an associate with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.
In addition to these roles, Prof. Miller has served on a number of boards and committees, including recent posts on the Board of Overseers with the Rand Institute on Civil Justice at New York University and on the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules for the Supreme Court of the United States. The highlights of Prof. Miller’s career include three different but related moments. The first highlight is the first time he had to argue a case in the United States Supreme Court, which was unlike any professional experience he had ever had. The second time was when he taught his first class, and the third time was the first time he appeared on the national television program, “Good Morning America.” All three are bound together by one thing: they all involved communication, which was something he learned from his mentor. Furthermore, Prof. Miller received a National Emmy Award for his work on the television show, “The Constitution, That Delicate Balance.”
Prof. Miller has received honorary degrees from the University of Rochester, Merrimack University, Fitchburg State College, Framingham State College, the University of the Pacific, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Concord Law School and the Western State University College of Law. He was honored by the Queen of England for his charitable and media work by being named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. His accolades also include three American Bar Association Gavel Awards for promoting public understanding of the law and an Iris Award for Outstanding Television. In addition to appearing on “Good Morning America” and hosting episodes of “The Constitution, That Delicate Balance,” Prof. Miller hosted “Miller’s Law,” “In Context,” “Miller’s Court” and “Headlines on Trial.” He served as a commentator for the Discovery Network’s “The Justice Files” and served as an occasional columnist of the Boston Globe, USA Today, ABA Journal and the Los Angeles Times.