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Paul Steven Miller, 1961-2010

Paul Steven Miller

Biographical Information

Born May 5, 1961; died Oct. 19, 2010.

B.A. 1983, University of Pennsylvania
J.D. 1986, Harvard University

From his School of Law profile:

Paul Steven Miller was the Henry M. Jackson Professor of Law and was regarded as an internationally renowned expert in disability and employment discrimination law. Professor Miller spent his legal career moving between academia, public service, and law practice. He spent the first nine months of the Obama Administration as a Special Assistant to the President in The White House where he managed the Presidential appointments and nominations process for U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Education, and many of the independent regulatory agencies within the federal government. He also served on the Obama Transition Team as a member of the Department of Labor and the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission agency review teams.

From 2006 to 2009, Professor Miller directed the University of Washington's Disability Studies Program, an interdisciplinary program that examines the social, cultural, historical and personal experience of disability. He was also a member of the UW Graduate School faculty, a Faculty Associate of the UW Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, and a faculty advisor to the UW School of Law Health Law Concentration Track.

Prior to joining the law faculty, Professor Miller had been one of the longest serving commissioners of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency which enforces employment discrimination laws. While at the EEOC, Professor Miller spearheaded the development of the agency's successful mediation program. He also served in The White House as Liaison to the Disability Community and as Deputy Director of the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs during the Clinton Administration. Earlier in his career, Professor Miller was the Director of Litigation for the Western Law Center for Disability Rights (now the Disability Law Center) and taught at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and the UCLA School of Law. He began his career as a litigation associate at a Los Angeles law firm.

Professor Miller was an active member of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Labor and Employment Section, and was a Fellow of the ABA Foundation. He was also elected to be a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He was a Fellow of the British American Project. In 2003, Professor Miller received an honorary Doctor of Laws from CUNY Law School. He was a former trustee of the University of Pennsylvania.

Professor Miller was a frequent speaker and lecturer in the area of equal employment opportunity, workplace diversity, disability issues, and the legal, social and ethical issues of the Human Genome Project, and he was a prolific writer on these topics. Professor Miller's expert insights on the topics of the workplace, disability, genetics and the law often appeared in the national media, in print, television and radio. He also testified before committees of the U.S. Congress and the British Parliament. He received grant funding for his research and work in the areas of disability human rights, genomics and health equality, and bioethics. He was the convener and chair of several national and international symposia, including Framing Legal and Human Rights Strategies for Change: A Case Study of Disability Rights in Asia (2008) and The Ethics and Policy of Limiting Growth in Children with Severe Disabilities: Issues of Decision Making, Benefits and Social Impact (2007).

Photos taken at Professor Miller's installation as the Henry M. Jackson Professor of Law, Jan. 24, 2008. See, hear, and read Prof. Miller's remarks at this event (scroll to the last item on the page).

Obituaries & Tributes

In Memoriam: Professor Paul Steven Miller, 86 Wash. L. Rev. 695 (2011). Includes tributes by:

  • Dean Kellye Testy
  • Professor Clark B. Lombardi
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner Chari R. Feldblum
  • Joseph M. Sellers (Partner, Head of Civil Rights & Employment Practice Group, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, PLLC)
  • Michael E. Waterstone (J. Howard Ziemann Fellow and Professor of Law, Associate Dean of Research and Academic Centers, Loyola Law School Los Angeles)
  • Michael Ashley Stein (Executive Director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability; Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School; Cabell Professor, William & Mary Law School)

School of Law press release, Oct. 21, 2010

Michael Evan Waterstone, Paul Steven Miller: A Life of Influence, 64 J. Legal Educ. 492 (2015).



Links are to documents on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN).

Anne Bloom & Paul Steven Miller, Blindsight: How We See Disabilities in Tort Litigation, 86 Wash. L. Rev. 709-53 (2011).

M. Aspinall, S.M. Au, P. Billings, R. Dreyfuss, J.P. Evans, A. Ferreira-Gonzalez, K.T. FitzGerald, C. Fomous, J. Licinio, B. Burns McGrath, P.S. Miller, J. Telfair, S. Teutsch, M.S. Williams & P. Wise, US System of Oversight for Genetic Testing:  A Report from the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health and Society, Personalized Med., Sept. 2008, at 521-28.

Paul Steven Miller, Genetic Testing and the Future of Disability Insurance: Thinking about Discrimination in the Genetic Age, J.L. Med. & Ethics, Summer 2007, at 47-51.

Paul K. Longmore & Paul Steven Miller, “A Philosophy of Handicap": The Origins of Randolph Bourne’s Radicalism, 94 Radical Hist. Rev. 59-83 (2006).

Paul Steven Miller, Developing Diversity and Equal Opportunity: Why the Disability Perspective Matters, 120 PMLA 634-37 (2005).

Sarah E. Gollust, Kira Apse, Barbara P. Fuller, Paul Steven Miller & Barbara B. Biesecker, Community Involvement in Developing Policies for Genetic Testing: Assessing the Interests and Experiences of Individuals Affected by Genetic Conditions, 95 Am. J. Pub. Health 35-41 (2005).

Sharona Hoffman, Paul Steven Miller, Chai R. Feldblum & Michael Stein, The Definition of Disability in the Americans with Disabilities Act: Its Successes and Shortcomings, 9 Empl. Rts. & Employ. Pol'y J. 473-98 (2005). [Proceedings of the 2005 Annual Meeting, Association of American Law Schools Sections on Employment Discrimination Law; Labor Relations and Employment Law; and Law, Medicine and Health Care]

Joel Frader, Priscilla Alderson, Adrienne Asch, Cassandra Aspinall, Dena Davis, Alice Dreger, James Edwards, Ellen K. Feder, Arthur Frank, Lisa Abelow Hedley, Eve Kittay, Jeffrey Marsh, Paul Steven Miller, Wendy Mouradian, Hilde Nelson & Erik Parens, Commentary, Health Care Professionals and Intersex Conditions, 158 Arch. Pediatr. Adolesc. Med. 426-28 (2004).

Paul Steven Miller, Reclaiming the Vision: The ADA and Definition of Disability, 41 Brandeis L.J. 769-78 (2003).

Panel Three: Privacy: Genetic Profiling and Discrimination, 51 Am. U.L. Rev. 451-84 (2002) (Paul Steven Miller panelist).

Discrimination in Employment on the Basis of Genetics: Proceedings of the 2002 Annual Meeting, Association of American Law Schools Section on Employment Discrimination Law, 6 Empl. Rts. & Employ. Pol'y J. 57-80 (2002) (Paul Miller panelist).

Paul Steven Miller, Commentary, Genetic Discrimination in the Workplace, 3 Genetics Med. 165-66 (2001).

Paul Steven Miller, Genetic Discrimination: Does It Exist, and What Are Its Implications?, 16 J.L. & Health 39-45 (2001-02).

Paul Steven Miller, A Just Alternative or Just an Alternative? Mediation and the Americans with Disabilities Act, 62 Ohio St. L.J. 11-29 (2000).

Paul Steven Miller, Is There a Pink Slip in My Genes? Genetic Discrimination in the Workplace, 3 J. Health Care L. & Pol'y 225-65 (2000).

Paul Steven Miller, The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and People with Mental Retardation, 37 Mental Retardation 162-65 (1999).

Paul Steven Miller, Disability Civil Rights and a New Paradigm for the Twenty-First Century: The Expansion of Civil Rights Beyond Race, Gender, and Age, 1 U. Pa. J. Lab. & Emp. L. 511-26 (1998).

Paul Steven Miller, Genetic Discrimination in the Workplace, 26 J.L. Med. & Ethics 189-97 (1998), reprinted in Contemporary Issues in Business Ethics (Joseph R. DesJardins & John J. McCall eds., 4th ed. Wadsworth 2000).

Paul Steven Miller, EEOC's Enforcement of the ADA in the Second Circuit, 48 Syracuse L. Rev. 1577-1614 (1998).

Paul Steven Miller, The EEOC's Enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the Sixth Circuit, 48 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 217-61 (1998).

Paul Steven Miller, The Americans with Disabilities Act in Texas: The EEOC's Continuing Efforts in Enforcement, 34 Hous. L. Rev. 777-806 (1997).

Paul Steven Miller, EEOC Adopts ADR Methods, Disp. Resol. J., Oct.-Dec. 1995, at 17, 87.

Paul Steven Miller, The Impact of Assisted Suicide on Persons with Disabilities – Is It a Right Without Freedom?, 9 Issues L. & Med. 47-62 (1993).

Paul Steven Miller, Coming Up Short: Employment Discrimination Against Little People, 22 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 231-71 (1987).


Books & Book Chapters

Paul Steven Miller, Jeffrey P. Brosco & Sarah Fuchs, Ethical Issues in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics: A Historical Approach, in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics: Evidence and Practice 902-23 (Mark L. Wolraich et al. eds., Elsevier 2008).

Paul Steven Miller, Toward Truly Informed Decisions about Appearance-Normalizing Surgeries, in Surgically Shaping Children: Technology, Ethics, and the Pursuit of Normality 211 (Erik Parens ed., Johns Hopkins University Press 2006).

Paul Steven Miller, Analyzing Genetic Discrimination in the Workplace, in Rights and Liberties in the Biotech Age: Why We Need a Genetic Bill of Rights 173-77 (Sheldon Krimsky & Peter Shorett eds., Rowman and Littlefield 2005).

Paul Steven Miller, Introduction to Peter Blanck, Eve Hill, Charles D. Siegal & Michael Waterstone, Disability Civil Rights Law and Policy: Cases and Materials (West Publishing 2005) (American Casebook Series).

Paul Steven Miller, A Just Alternative or Just an Alternative? Mediation and the Americans with Disabilities Act, in Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Employment Arena 845 (Samuel Estreicher & David Sherwyn eds., Kluwer Law International 2004). (Proceedings of the New York University 53rd Annual Conference on Labor)

Paul Steven Miller, Diversity and Tolerance in the Work Environment -- Diversity in the Public Sector, in Tolerance and Diversity: With an Open Mind (Susan Stern ed., Frankfurter Allgemeine Buch im FAZ.-Institut 2002).

Paul Steven Miller, Introduction, The Evolving ADA, in Employment, Disability and the Americans with Disabilities Act: Issues In Law, Public Policy, and Research 3-15 (Peter David Blanck ed., Northwestern University Press 2000).

Paul Steven Miller, Forward to Peter David Blanck, The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Emerging Work Force: Employment of People with Mental Retardation xi-xiii (David Braddock ed., American Association on Mental Retardation 1998).

Paul Steven Miller, Procedure, Enforcement, and Remedies, in Disability Discrimination in Employment Law 501-78 (Robert L. Burgdorf, Jr., ed., Bureau of National Affairs 1995).


Book Review

Paul  Steven Miller,  Book Review, 57 J. Legal Educ. 619-25 (2007) (reviewing Ruth Colker, The Disability Pendulum: The First Decade of the Americans with Disabilities Act (2005)).


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