Marc L. Miller Named Dean of Arizona Law On An Interim Basis

Nov. 18, 2012

Arizona Law professor Marc L. Miller has been chosen as dean of the James E. Rogers College of Law on an interim basis, effective November 1, 2012. “He is a nationally-recognized legal scholar, bringing that insight to the position, as well as his passion and energy,” said UA Provost Andrew Comrie in announcing Miller’s selection.

“As one of the smallest and best public law schools in the country, at one of the world's great research universities, Arizona Law is ideally situated to respond to changes in legal practice and legal education,” said Miller. “We have just admitted our centennial class. We have a proud history and a national reputation as a source of paradigm-changing scholarship. Reflecting the depth and breadth of the university, we are known for the pervasive integration of interdisciplinary perspectives in scholarship and in the classroom. The community of faculty, students, and alumni has also been recognized for its sustained commitment to public service.”

Miller came to Arizona Law in 2006 as the Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law after seventeen years at Emory University School of Law, where he served as Associate Dean for Faculty and Scholarship. At Arizona, he has been a co-director of the Program in Criminal Law and Policy, and since 2011 has served as vice dean.

Miller teaches and writes about criminal law and environmental law and is the author of more than 70 articles and essays in these fields, as well as on immigration, constitutional law, and legal theory. Much of his work focuses on the regulation of prosecutors, and more generally the “internal” regulation of executive branch agencies.

He is the editor of two leading casebooks, one on criminal procedure and the other on the law of sentencing. He co-founded the Federal Sentencing Reporter, the leading journal on sentencing law and policy that for 20 years has focused on nurturing an ongoing conversation between scholars, judges, lawyers, probation officers, and policy-makers.

Dean Miller currently serves as a series editor for Summits– books focused on issues at the intersection of environmental law, science, and policy. The Summits series is a collaborative effort between the law school, the UA Institute of the Environment, the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, Biosphere 2 and the Biosphere 2 Institute. The first two books in the series are Conservation of Shared Spaces: Learning From the United States and Mexico, and Navigating Climate Change Policy: The Opportunities of Federalism. A third volume, Stitching the West Back Together: Conserving Working Landscapes and Biodiversity in the American West, is forthcoming. University of Arizona scholars have played the central role as editors and authors, along with leading scholars and practitioners from the U.S. and Mexico, and from government and private institutions.

Prior to his career in legal academia, Miller worked as an Attorney-Advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel, United States Department of Justice, and as a law clerk in Montgomery, Alabama for Chief Judge John C. Godbold of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and as Special Counsel to the Vera Institute of Justice in New York.

He grew up in Los Angeles, and earned his undergraduate degree at Pomona College and his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was managing editor and book review editor for the Chicago Law Review.

He succeeds outgoing Dean Lawrence Ponoroff.