After an extensive national search, Arizona Law professor Marc L. Miller has been appointed dean of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, effective immediately. Miller has been serving as interim dean since November.
In an email to law faculty and staff, Provost Andrew Comrie said, "Marc has the vision and experience to move the college forward in a decisive manner at the dawn of its second century." Miller is the 12th permanent dean to occupy the position since the law school was founded in 1915.
Comrie also lauded Miller's work in pursuing key initiatives during the interim deanship and in his former capacities as vice dean and faculty member. "He has a knack for developing creative and entrepreneurial solutions," Comrie said, "And, in addition, Marc has an astute eye for national trends, a commitment to interdisciplinary initiatives, and a great set of collaborators at the college, across campus, and in the community."
Provost Emeritus George Davis headed the search committee of faculty, staff, student and community representatives who recruited dean candidates from a national pool. Four of these candidates interviewed with faculty, administrators, students, alumni and University leadership during visits to the college. The committee recommended two finalists, including Miller, to the provost's office.
Miller came to Arizona Law in 2006 as the Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law after 17 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 he has served as vice dean.
His scholarship focuses on both criminal law and environmental law. He is the author of more than 70 articles and essays in these fields, as well as in the areas of 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 policymakers.
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 among the law school, the UA Institute of the Environment, the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, Biosphere 2 and the Biosphere 2 Institute. It is published by the University of Chicago Press.
Prior to his career in academia, Miller worked as an attorney-advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice, and as a law clerk in Montgomery, Ala. 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.