Justin Miller


1888 – 1973


Who was Justin Miller?

Justin Miller was a lawyer and a federal appellate judge.

Miller was born in Crescent City, California in 1888. He got his B.A. from Stanford University in 1911, got a law degree from the University of Montana School of Law in 1913, and graduated from Stanford Law School with another law degree in 1914.

Once Miller had his law degree from Stanford, he immediately started in on the practice of law. He practiced for seven years, from 1914 through 1921 in Hanford, Fresno, and San Francisco, California. For three of those years, from 1915 to 1918, he was district attorney of Kings County, California. For the final two years of his private practice, from 1919 to 1921, he was the attorney and executive officer of the California State Commission on Immigration and Housing.

In 1921, Miller switched gears, moving from the private sector to academia. From 1921 to 1923, he was a professor of law at the University of Oregon. The next three years he spent at the University of Minnesota. In 1926, he returned to his home state to teach at the University of California. In 1927, he became a professor and dean at the University of Southern California Law School. In 1928 he became a member of the initial board of trustees of the Human Betterment Foundation, a eugenics organization. In 1930, he moved to the Duke University School of Law as a full-time dean.

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Nov 17, 1888
Crescent City
  • Stanford Law School
  • Stanford University
Lived in
  • Crescent City
Jan 17, 1973

on July 23, 2013


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