ARIZONA ATTORNEY: You’re originally
from the Midwest?
MARC MILLER: Yes, I was born on the
south side of Chicago. I lived there for a
year—and then I returned there for law
AZAT: And in between?
MILLER: My second year was in San
Francisco when my father, who is a lawyer,
was clerking for Roger Traynor on the
California Supreme Court. I was living in
Berkeley, and then as a 3-year-old we
moved to Los Angeles; I grew up in LA.
AZAT: Is your family there now?
MILLER: My parents are still there. My
father’s still practicing law, and my mother’s
in the travel business. I have two younger
brothers, both of whom are in San Francisco.
One is a lawyer for Visa, and the other is married to a lawyer who is with the San Francisco
County Attorney’s Office. He is a principal
at a charter school that takes kids who are
kicked out of public school systems in the
Bay Area or out of the juvenile justice system
and educates them. It’s a fantastic school.
AZAT: Did you enter law school thinking
you’d like to teach someday, or was that a
surprise to you?
MILLER: I definitely was interested in being
a law professor. My father was a professor
at the University of Southern California
between 1965 and 1977. When he started
teaching, I was 6. So from the age of 6 until
I’m going off to college, what I see at our
house is law professors and civil rights
lawyers. My father was very involved in low-
income housing and farmworker issues and
these incredible people. And his colleagues
would come in, and there’d be these dinners,
and as kids we were always welcome to sit
there to listen. We were never told go off and
play. And I just had this view of this being
what a law professor is.
I didn’t have as much of a sense of the
classroom—he certainly never talked to me
about the misery of grading—but if this is
what being a law professor is, it’s something
I wanted to be in. As I got older and had a
pretty sustained interest in the law and its
role in society, my undergraduate major was
Scouting Legal Innovation UA Law School’s Marc Miller
Current: Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law,
University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law
Previously: Associate Dean for Faculty and Scholarship, Emory
University School of Law; Professor of Law, Emory
University School of Law; Visiting Associate Professor,
Duke Law School; Visiting Scholar, Stanford Law School;
Special Counsel, Vera Institute of Justice, New York;
Attorney–Advisor, Office of Legal Counsel, United States
Department of Justice, Washington, DC; Law Clerk,
Chief Judge John C. Godbold, U.S. Court of Appeals
for the Eleventh Circuit, Montgomery, Ala. Education: B.A., Pomona College, Politics, Philosophy &
Economics; J.D., University of Chicago Law School Age:
55 Family: Wife Christina A. Cutshaw, Associate Professor,
Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health,
University of Arizona; sons Owen and Wyatt, 11
and 5; daughter Evie, 7
INTERVIEW BY TIM EIGO
PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN HALL
This past year, Marc Miller was named Dean of the College of Law at the U of A. He came into the position during a time
of great changes at the school—some of which he helped foster. Those changes include preparing third-year students for the bar
exam before they graduate, a statewide pilot program whose genesis can be found at the Tucson law school.
This is another in our series of conversations with the state’s legal education leaders. Nationwide, law schools face a declining
application pool for law students, brought on by a troubled hiring outlook for attorneys. We talked about that market and
the continued relevance of legal education, among other topics.