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Family Court Judge (Retired)
Clinical Depression Survivor
Rochester, NY

Michael J. Miller was born February 12, 1939, in Rochester, New York.  He attended Rochester Public Schools and entered Syracuse University in 1956 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Political Science.  He received a Juris Doctor degree in 1963 from the Syracuse University College of Law.  After graduation, he returned to Rochester and engaged in the general practice of law.  During that time, he served as councilman for the Town of Brighton, from 1974 to 1989 and was Chair of the Monroe County Democratic Party from 1986 to 1988.  He has authored numerous articles on local government and advocated extensively for rights of disabled citizens.

In 1990 Michael Miller was appointed by Governor Mario M. Cuomo and confirmed by the New York State Senate to fill a vacancy on the Monroe County Family Court and was elected in November 1990 to a full ten-year term.  He wrote over 20 published decisions including Matter of Angelica C., which resulted in a major change in New York State's Child Abuse Law.

He presently serves on Monroe County Bar Association's Lawyers Helping Lawyers Committee.  This Committee's function is to help lawyers and judges who suffer from alcohol abuse, substance abuse or clinical depression.  He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Home and of the Board of Directors of St. Joseph's Villa, and on the Advisory Board of the Children's Agenda.

Judge Miller is the recipient of many community awards: the Association for Retarded Citizen's Community Partner of the Year Award, Citizen of the Year designation by the Brighton Rotary Club, a Friend of Children Citation from the Rochester Area Childrens' Collaborative, the first annual Dick Schonfeld Circle of Courage Award given by the Monroe County Reclaiming Youth Collaborative, the Lyman C. Wynne Award for service to families, the Center for Dispute Settlement Jurist of the Year Award, the Daily Record's Nathaniel Award for outstanding service to the legal community, the Hannah G. Solomon Humanitarian Award from the National Council of Jewish Women and the Alternatives for Battered Women's "Restore the Hope" Award.

He is now of counsel with the law firm of Chamberlain, D'Amanda, Oppenheimer & Greenfield.

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