J. Kirkland Miller

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Practical Skills

Curriculum Vitae  


  • J.D., 1993, Michigan State University College of Law, cum laude
  • B.A., 1986, Oakland University

Areas of Expertise

  • Insurance Defense, Products Liability, Alternative Dispute Resolution

Professional Experience

Professor Miller has a broad range of substantive experience as a litigation attorney serving as both defense and plaintiff counsel. His areas of practice include real estate and construction law, insurance defense, premises liability, first and third-party no-fault, governmental immunity, ERISA, workers’ compensation, and EMS liability (Professor Miller was Partner at a law firm that served as Regional Counsel for American Medical Response). Professor Miller began as an Adjunct Professor at Ave Maria School of Law and has been teaching full-time with the law school since 2008. Throughout his professional career Professor Miller has been a frequent presenter at symposia and workshops.

Honors and Professional Affiliations

  • Member of Michigan State Bar 1993-present
  • Licensed in Federal District Courts for both the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan.
  • Executive Director – Moot Court Board; Michigan State College of Law
  • Eve August Moot Court Award
  • Ralph Rose and Samuel Helper Award in Oral Advocacy
  • Moot Court Executive Board Award
  • Book Award: Estates and Future Interests
  • Professor of the Year Award, Student Bar Association 2014-15
  • Professor of the Year Award, Student Bar Association 2013-14
  • Professor of the Year Award – Moot Court Board 2011-12
  • Professor of the Year Award – Moot Court Board 2009-10
  • Member Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity

Key Works

  • Presentations
    • Speaker at 2014 Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop at University of Detroit-Mercy Law School: Where the Rubber Meets the Road – Teaching the Current Law Student.
    • Speaker at 2013 Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop at Nova Southeastern School of Law: Teaching Litigation Skills.
    • Speaker at North Naples Rotary Club 2013.
    • Presenter at client training and development workshops for emergency medical service providers 2000-2004.
    • Guest lecturer, Michigan State University College of Law “Effective Oral Advocacy” 1998.
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