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2018 Higgins Distinguished Visitor - A conversation with Professor Arthur Miller: Reflections on the State of Our Civil Justice System

Date: 6:00pm PDT March 13, 2018 Location: Lewis & Clark Law School. Reception to follow.

  • Arthur R. Miller

Lewis & Clark Law School. Reception to follow.

About the Higgins Distinguished Visitor

The Higgins Distinguished Visitor is endowed by a grant from the Lorene Sails Higgins Charitable Trust. The program was designed to provide an opportunity for Lewis & Clark faculty and students and the Portland community to learn from and interact with leading legal scholars from around the world. 

About the Speaker

Arthur R. Miller is this nation’s leading scholar in the field of civil procedure and is co-author with the late Charles Wright of Federal Practice and Procedure, the legendary treatise in the field. Professors Miller and Wright are among the most-often cited and well regarded law treatise writers today. Their multi-volume series is an essential reference for judges and lawyers.

Arthur Miller is also one of the nation’s most distinguished legal scholars in the areas of civil litigation, copyright and unfair competition, and privacy. He is the author of more than 40 books and numerous articles, including The Assault on Privacy: Computers, Data Banks, and Dossiers, the first book warning of the threat to privacy posed by modern information technology. Miller is currently a University Professor at New York University and the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies. This professorship is conferred on outstanding scholars in recognition of the interdisciplinary dimension and breadth of their work. Previously, Miller was the Bruce Bromley Professor of Law at Harvard, where he earned his law degree and taught for 36 years.

Miller is the recipient of numerous awards, including five honorary doctorates, three American Bar Association Gavel Awards and a Special Recognition Gavel Award for promoting public understanding of the law. He recently was honored by the Queen Elizabeth II for his charitable and media work by being named to the Commander of the Order of the British Empire. A renowned commentator on law and society, he won an Emmy for his work on The Constitution: That Delicate Balance, one of the several acclaimed PBS series which he has moderated. Miller also served for two decades as the legal editor for ABC’s Good Morning America and hosted several weekly issue shows on national television.

Miller has argued cases in all of the US Circuit Courts of Appeal and several before the US 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 US by appointment of two chief justices of the United States, as reporter and adviser to the American Law Institute, a member of a special advisory group to the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and as a member of various American Bar Association committees, among others. In addition, Miller was appointed by President Ford as commissioner on the United States Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted Work.


What are my transportation options for getting to this event?
Limited designated parking will be available on campus. Public transportation is encouraged.

What is the dress code?
The dress code is business casual/business standard.

This program has applied for one General MCLE Credit through the Oregon State Bar.


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Event Cost

This event is free and open to the public.

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