Eric D. Miller

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Eric D. Miller
Miller in 2019
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Assumed office
March 4, 2019
Appointed byDonald Trump
Preceded byRichard C. Tallman
Personal details
Eric David Miller

1975 (age 47–48)
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
EducationHarvard University (AB)
University of Chicago (JD)

Eric David Miller (born 1975) is an American attorney and jurist serving as a United States circuit judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Early life and education[edit]

Miller was born in Oak Park, Illinois. He studied physics at Harvard University, graduating in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude.[1][2][3] He then attended the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as a topics and comments editor of the University of Chicago Law Review and graduated in 1999 with a Juris Doctor with highest honors and Order of the Coif membership.[4][3]


After law school, Miller served as a law clerk to Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1999 to 2000 and to Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court from 2000 to 2001.[5]

Early in his career, Miller served in the Department of Justice as an Attorney-Advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel (2003–2004) and as a member of the Appellate Staff in the Civil Division (2001–2003, 2004–2006).[3] Miller also served as Deputy General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission (2006–2007) and spent five years (2007–2012) as an Assistant to the Solicitor General in the Office of the Solicitor General within the Department of Justice.[6][5] He received the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award in 2008 for his work on national security litigation.[3]

Before becoming a judge, Miller was a partner at Perkins Coie from 2012 to 2019 in the firm's Seattle office. In that capacity, he served as the firm-wide chair of Perkins Coie's appellate practice.[7]

Miller also served as a Washington State Special Assistant Attorney General under Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Miller is also a part-time lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law. He has argued more than sixty appeals, including sixteen before the Supreme Court of the United States.[5]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On July 13, 2018, President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Miller to serve as a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.[5] On July 19, 2018, his nomination was sent to the Senate. President Trump nominated Miller to the seat vacated by Judge Richard C. Tallman, who assumed senior status on March 3, 2018.[8] On October 24, 2018, while the Senate was not in session, a hearing on his nomination was held before the Senate Judiciary Committee with only two Republican Senators present, not the Chair, and no Democrats.[9][10]

On January 3, 2019, his nomination was returned to the President under Rule XXXI, Paragraph 6 of the United States Senate. On January 23, 2019, President Trump announced his intent to renominate Miller for a federal judgeship.[11] His nomination was sent to the Senate later that day.[12] On February 7, 2019, his nomination was reported out of committee by a 12–10 vote.[13] On February 25, 2019, the Senate invoked cloture on his nomination by a 51–46 vote,[14] and on the following day, voted to confirm him by a 53–46 vote.[15] He received his judicial commission on March 4, 2019.[16]

His appointment was noteworthy as his home state senators (Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, of Washington) did not support his nomination and refused to return their blue slips in order to show their objection to it.[17] He was the first federal judicial nominee to be so confirmed.

On April 7, 2020, Miller joined an opinion written by Milan Smith ruling that aliens detained for six months or more must be granted bond hearings.[18]

On August 14, 2020, Miller wrote an opinion joined by Susan P. Graber and Andrew D. Hurwitz holding that an asylum applicant does not have the ability to “relocate” within her home country if she would have to remain in hiding there. The panel also concluded that “women resistant to forced marriage proposals” are a socially distinct group in Cameroonian society and, accordingly, may be able to demonstrate a well-founded fear of persecution based on that protected ground.[19]

On January 15, 2021, Miller joined an opinion authored by Kim McLane Wardlaw holding that a plaintiff can sue a police officer under section 1983 based on a Miranda violation.[20] The Supreme Court overturned that decision in a 6-3 vote on June 23, 2022, with Justice Samuel Alito writing for the majority.[21] Justice Elena Kagan dissented, joined by Justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor, at one point quoting Miller’s concurrence in the Ninth Circuit’s denial of rehearing en banc, writing, “As one judge below put it: ‘Miranda indisputably creates individual legal rights that are judicially enforceable. (Any prosecutor who doubts this can try to introduce an un-Mirandized confession and then watch what happens.)’”[21]

Miller was a member of the Federalist Society from 1996 to 1999, 2000–2004 and 2016–2017.[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lipson, Jafi A. (December 18, 1993). "CLUH Elects New Director". Harvard Crimson. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  2. ^ Gentile, Olivia F. (March 21, 1994). "Would Male Voters Detract From RUS?". Harvard Crimson. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "Eric D. Miller". Perkins Coie. Archived from the original on July 14, 2018. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  4. ^ Gillespie, Becky Beaupre (April 2, 2018). "Duty and Tradition The US Solicitor General and His Principal Deputy are Law School Alumni—and They Represent the History and Shared Values Between the Two Institutions". U Chicago Law School News. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d "President Donald J. Trump Announces Sixteenth Wave of Judicial Nominees, Sixteenth Wave of United States Attorney Nominees, and Eleventh Wave of United States Marshal Nominees". July 13, 2018. Retrieved July 13, 2018 – via National Archives. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  6. ^ Barnes, Robert (December 7, 2010). "Justices juggle sympathy, past vote". Washington Post. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  7. ^ Pacheco-Flores, Agueda (July 13, 2018). "Three Seattle attorneys nominated for federal judgeships, appellate court". Seattle Times. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  8. ^ "One Nomination Sent to the Senate Today", White House, July 19, 2018
  9. ^ United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Nominations for October 24, 2018
  10. ^ "Senate confirms Trump court pick despite missing two 'blue slips'". The Hill. 2019.
  11. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Judicial Nominees", White House, January 23, 2019
  12. ^ "Nominations Sent to the Senate", White House, January 23, 2019
  13. ^ Results of Executive Business Meeting – February 7, 2019, Senate Judiciary Committee
  14. ^ "On the Cloture Motion (Motion to Invoke Cloture Re: Eric D. Miller, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit)". United States Senate. February 25, 2019. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  15. ^ "On the Nomination (Confirmation: Eric D. Miller, of Washington, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit)". United States Senate. February 26, 2019. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  16. ^ Eric D. Miller at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  17. ^ "'Damaging precedent': Conservative federal judge installed without consent of home-state senators". The Washington Post. 2019.
  18. ^ "Plaintiffs-Appellees" (PDF). US Court of Appeals. Retrieved November 14, 2022.
  19. ^ "On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals" (PDF). Phoenix, Arizona: US Court of Appeals. February 3, 2020. Retrieved November 14, 2022.
  20. ^ Civil Rights
  21. ^ a b Supreme Court of the United States
  22. ^ United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Questionnaire for Judicial Nominees: Eric David Miller

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Preceded by Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit