Marc L.
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
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Biographical Information

Marc L. Miller is the Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law at the University of Arizona College of Law. Dean Miller taught at Emory University Law School from 1988-2005, where he served as Associate Dean for Faculty and Scholarship (2003-2005). He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and Pomona College, and grew up in Los Angeles.

Dean Miller writes and teaches about environmental law and policy and criminal law and policy. He is the author of more than 70 articles and essays on a wide range of environmental, criminal justice, immigration and legal theory topics. He is editor of several casebooks on criminal procedure and sentencing, and co-founded the Federal Sentencing Reporter, the leading journal on sentencing law and policy and a joint project of the Vera Institute of Justice and the University of California Press. He currently serves as a series editor for Summits - books focused on the intersection of environmental science, law, and policy.

Dean Miller's scholarship addresses the nature of law. On the criminal side, current work includes a series of articles on the role and regulation of prosecutorial discretion, including a multi-year empirical evaluation of prosecutorial decision-making. At a more general theoretical level, this work deals with policymaking within executive branch agencies, especially in those areas not readily amenable to external judicial or legislative review. His environmental work highlights topics at the intersection of environmental science, policy, and law with special attention to the concept of sustainability and to the relationship between science and environmental policy-making. Much of his environmental work is done in collaboration with natural and social scientists.

At Arizona, Dean Miller serves as co-director of the Arizona Law Program in Criminal Law and Policy, and has joint and affiliated appointments with the University of Arizona Institute of the Environment, the Environmental Health Sciences Program of the University of Arizona Zuckerman School of Public Health, and with the Global Change PhD minor, among other programs and institutes. He serves on various university committees, including a workgroup through the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at the Eller College of Management to create a new Masters program focusing on capitalizing ventures. He also serves on the steering committee developing a new graduate degree certificate program in American Indian natural resource, and as Associate Director for Interdisciplinary Education for the Arizona Telemedicine Program.

Before teaching, Dean Miller served as law clerk to Chief Judge John Godbold of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, as Attorney-Advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice, and as Special Counsel at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York. Dean Miller has been a visiting professor at Stanford Law School and Duke Law School. Dean Miller is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI), and an advisor to various criminal justice and environmental publications and organizations.

Representative Publications

  • Criminal Procedures:  Cases, Statutes & Executive Materials (5th ed. 2015) (co-author, with Ronald F. Wright).
  • The Worldwide Accountability Deficit of Prosecutors, 67 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1587 (2010) (co-author, with Ronald F. Wright).
  • Climate Change and the Practice of Law, 47 Ariz. Atty. 30 (Oct. 2010) (co-author, with Jonathan T. Overpeck).
  • Sentencing Law and Policy:  Cases, Statutes, and Guidelines (2d ed. 2007) (co-author, with Nora V. Demleitner, Douglas A. Berman, & Ronald F. Wright).
  • Harmful Invasive Species:  Legal Responses (2004) (co-editor, with Robert N. Fabian).
  • State Governance: Leadership on Climate Change, in Agenda for a Sustainable America 441 (John C. Dernbach ed., 2009) (co-author, with Kirsten H. Engel).
  • The Black Box, 94 Iowa L. Rev. 125 (2008) (co-author, with Ronald F. Wright).
  • Dead Wrong, 2008 Utah L. Rev. 89 (co-author, with Ronald F. Wright).
  • Leaky Floors:  State Law Below Federal Constitutional Limits, 50 Ariz. L. Rev. 227 (2008) (co-author, with Ronald F. Wright).
  • Complete List of Publications


University of Chicago Law School

Managing & Book Review Editor, Chicago Law Review

B.A. Politics, Philosophy & Economics
Pomona College

Work Experience

Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
James E. Rogers College of Law
2013 - present
Interim Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
James E. Rogers College of Law
2012 - 2013
Vice Dean
James E. Rogers College of Law
2011 - 2012
Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
James E. Rogers College of Law
2006 - present
Ralph W. Bilby Visiting Professor of Law
James E. Rogers College of Law
2005 - 2006
Associate Dean for Faculty and Scholarship
Emory University School of Law
2003 - 2005
Visiting Associate Professor
Duke Law School
Spring 1998
Visiting Scholar
Stanford Law School
1995 - 1996
Special Counsel
Vera Institute of Justice, New York
1987 - 1988
Professor of Law
Emory University School of Law
1988 - 2005
Office of Legal Counsel, United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
1985 - 1987
Law Clerk
Chief Judge John C. Godbold, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Montgomery, Ala.
1984 - 1985


American Law Institute
Elected May 2002
Galapagos Coalition
Co-founder, with Dr. Gregory Aplet & Dr Matthew James (see
1995 - present
The Edge book series (volumes on Environmental Science, Law & Policy), a joint project of the Institute for the Environment & Society, the James E. Rogers College of Law, the Biosphere 2 Institute, and the University of Arizona Press
Series Editor
2007 - present
University of Arizona Institute for the Environment and Society (IES)
Associated Faculty
2007 - present
Max Planck Institute, Concepts for a European Criminal Justice System Project
2006 - 2008
World Association of International Studies (California Institute of International Studies)
Elected 1996

Public & Institutional Service

Board member, Turner Environmental Law Clinic
1998 - 2006 Advisor, Cumberland Island project
Division Chair (Sentencing), American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, Georgia
Nov. 7 - 10, 2001
Lead counsel, United States v. Charlie Liteky (11th Cir.)
2000 - 2001
Co-Chair (non-federal), Policy & Regulation Working Group, National Invasive Species Council
Clinton-Gore Transition Team
Justice & Civil Rights Cluster, Sentencing and Punishment Policy Group, Principal Drafter (December 1992).
Federal Sentencing Reporter
Founding Editor, 1988 - 1995; Senior Advisor/Editor Emeritus, 1996 - present
Advisory Board, Ohio State Journal Of Criminal Law