Arthur R. Miller

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Arthur R. Miller
Born (1934-06-22) June 22, 1934 (age 89)
Alma materUniversity of Rochester (A.B.)
Harvard University (LL.B.)
Scientific career
FieldsCivil procedure, Copyright law, Unfair competition law, Sports law
InstitutionsNew York University School of Law

Arthur Raphael Miller CBE (born June 22, 1934), is a leading scholar in the field of American civil procedure and a University Professor at New York University and Chairman of The NYU Sports & Society Program.

Early life and education[edit]

Miller was born in 1934 in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Murray Miller, was a lawyer who worked as a solo practitioner, and his mother, Mary, was a legal secretary.[1] He attended college at the University of Rochester, graduating in 1955 with an A.B. with high honors. He then attended the Harvard Law School, where he served as a notes editor for the Harvard Law Review and graduated in 1958 with an LL.B. magna cum laude.


After law school, Miller spent three years in private practice as an associate with the law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. In 1961, he joined the Columbia Law School as director of its Project on International Procedure.[1]

Miller was the Bruce Bromley Professor of Law at Harvard Law School (1971–2007), after being on the faculties of the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota. He is coauthor with Charles Alan Wright of Federal Practice and Procedure, the legendary treatise in the field. This multi-volume series is an essential reference for judges and lawyers. He wrote more than 40 books and many articles, including The Assault on Privacy: Computers, Data Banks, and Dossiers (University of Michigan Press, 1971), one of the first books warning of the threat to privacy posed by modern information technology; Civil Procedure: Cases and Materials (with J.H. Friedenthal, J. Sexton, and H. Hershkoff; 1967–2008 (ten editions)); Federal Practice and Procedure (with C.A. Wright, some with E.H. Cooper, M.K. Kane, and R. Marcus; 1968–2008, West Publishing Co. (more than thirty-five volumes)); Intellectual Property: Patents, Trademarks and Copyright in a Nutshell (with M.H. Davis, 1998–2011, West Publishing Co. (four editions)), among many others.

In 1999, he made videotaped lectures for Concord Law School, an online law school, privately owned by the Kaplan Educational Centers, and videotaped 11 lectures for a course on civil procedure. Miller said the Web represented what television represented when he started doing his public-affairs television show on legal issues, titled "Miller's Court, in 1979 — the next frontier for teaching law to the general public.[2]

In October 2008, Professor Miller became Special Counsel to Milberg LLP and heads the firm's appellate practice group.[3] Since then, he argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Milberg clients in Tellabs, Inc. v. Makor Issues & Rights,[4] and was involved in the briefing in opposition to the writ of certiorari in Pfizer, Inc. v. Abdullahi.[5]

In addition, Milberg LLP's Supreme Court practice group was a key player in the Merck & Co., Inc. v. Reynolds[6] matter, a case in which it serves as co-lead counsel. In August 2013, Miller joined the Lanier Law Firm as "Of Counsel".[7]

Miller is the recipient of many awards, including eight honorary doctorates, three American Bar Association Gavel Awards, and a Special Recognition Gavel Award for promoting public understanding of the law. Queen Elizabeth II with the advice of her government bestowed on him an honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire (2011) in recognition of his service to the United Kingdom by his gift of more than 1,800 Japanese woodblock prints by nineteenth-century artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi to the American Friends of the British Museum; these were exhibited at the Royal Academy in the spring of 2009. It also recognizes his more than fifteen years spent moderating public policy issues and dialogues, called Hypotheticals on BBC TV and Granada Television.[8]

These dialogues were modeled on the well-known Fred Friendly dialogues, broadcast on PBS, for one of which Miller won an Emmy ("The Constitution: That Delicate Balance"). He served for two decades as the on-air legal editor for ABC's Good Morning America. His weekly television program titled Miller's Court was aired on Boston's WCVB-TV from 1979 to 1988 and was the first American television show dedicated to the exploration of legal issues. He provided commentary on the Discovery Channel program Justice Files.[9][10][11][12] He also sits on the advisory board of H5, a firm specializing in electronic discovery for legal cases.[citation needed]

Miller has argued cases in all of the United States courts of appeals and several before the United States Supreme Court. He has worked in the public interest in the areas of privacy, computers, copyright, and the courts and has served as a member and Reporter of the Advisory Committee of Civil Rules of the Judicial Conference of the U.S. by appointment of two Chief Justices of the United States, as Reporter and Advisor to the American Law Institute, as a member of a special advisory group to the Chief Justice of the United States, and as a member of various American Bar Association committees.[citation needed]

Miller was appointed as commissioner on the United States Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted Work by President Gerald Ford. New York University President John Sexton was one of Miller's research assistants at Harvard, as was Richard B. Bernstein, now a distinguished adjunct professor of law at New York Law School. Other former students include Chief Justice John Roberts, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, and Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin.[citation needed]

Miller in pop culture[edit]

Miller was one of the real figures on whom Scott Turow based the pseudonymous Harvard Law "Professor Rudolph Perini" in Turow's bestselling memoir of his first year in law school, One L. Although Turow has never acknowledged or denied the connection, Miller has long thought himself the real Perini,[13] and conventional wisdom in the legal community has largely concurred.[14][15]

Several years ago, the NYU Law Revue created a spoof of Miller in a South Park style, entitled "What Would Arthur Miller Do?"[16]

In 2011, students from NYU's Law Revue created a hip hop tribute to Miller called "A. Milley" based on Lil' Wayne's "A Milli." The video can be found here.[17]

Miller as art collector[edit]

Miller is also known for his collection of wood block prints by the nineteenth century Japanese artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi, shown in 2009 at the Royal Academy in London, as well as at the Japan Society (2010) in New York City. In both venues, the exhibition received rave reviews.


  1. ^ a b Frey, Jennifer (2007). "Introducing Arthur R. Miller". NYU Law Magazine. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Concord". November 22, 1999. Archived from the original on November 5, 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  3. ^ Cotts, Cynthia (October 23, 2008). "Milberg Hires Professor Arthur Miller to Head Appellate Group". Bloomberg. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  4. ^ T. Mauro, Corporate Defendants Prevail at Court Legal Times, June 22, 2007.
  5. ^ Brief in Opposition, Pfizer, Inc. v. Abdullahi, No. 09-34 (August 10, 2009). Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  6. ^ "Merck & Co., Inc. v. Reynolds (08-905) | LII / Legal Information Institute". Legal Information Institute. November 30, 2009. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  7. ^ Arthur R. Miller becomes of counsel at the Lanier Law Firm Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine August 20, 2013. Retrieved August 27, 2013.
  8. ^ Queen Elizabeth II Names Prof. Arthur R. Miller Commander of the Order of the British Empire Archived October 21, 2016, at the Wayback Machine at New York University Law School (undated)
  9. ^ HODGES, ANN. "A&E, Discovery list fall programming plans", Houston Chronicle, April 29, 1992, 2 STAR, HOUSTON: 6. NewsBank. Web. October 9, 2015.
  10. ^ Johnson, Peter. "Norville may lead wave of CNN talk shows." USA TODAY, April 28, 1992, LIFE: 3D. NewsBank. Web. October 9, 2015.
  11. ^ "Getting Even." Justice Files. Exec. Prod. Rudy Bednar, Sheila Sitomer, Peter W. Kunhardt, and Dyllan McGee. Hst. Don Dahler. Discovery Channel. December 22, 2001.
  12. ^ "Double-Crossed." Justice Files. Exec. Prod. Rudy Bednar, Sheila Sitomer, Peter W. Kunhardt, and Dyllan McGee. Hst. Don Dahler. Discovery Channel. March 2, 2002.
  13. ^ "Tarlton Law Library - Law in Popular Culture Collection - Law and Lawyers in Popular Culture". University of Texas at Austin. Archived from the original on June 6, 2010. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  14. ^ "The Commentator". September 13, 2007. Archived from the original on September 18, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  15. ^ "Privacy Symposium - Summer 2007: Overview". Privacy Summer Symposium. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  16. ^ "What Would Arthur Miller Do?". YouTube. March 20, 2009. Archived from the original on 2021-12-13. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  17. ^ NYU LawRevue (March 20, 2011). "NYU Law Revue - A. Milley". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-13. Retrieved December 18, 2011.

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