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Michael Miller's President's Page

Michael Miller of New York City (Law Office of Michael Miller) became President of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) on June 1, 2018. He spent the previous year as president-elect and chair of the House of Delegates. He has also served on the Executive Committee as vice-president of the First Judicial District. 

Miller has been a solo practitioner for more than 30 years in Manhattan, focusing primarily on estate and trust work, including planning, administration and litigation. 

He is a past president of the New York County Lawyers Association, a past chair of the NYS Conference of Bar Leaders (NYSCBL), and has been a member of the House of Delegates of both NYSBA and the American Bar Association (ABA).

Last year, Miller served as co-chair of the President’s Committee on Access to Justice. Among many other NYSBA activities, Miller was a founding member of the Elder Law Section, serving as its first newsletter editor, executive committee member and chair of several committees. 

Over the years, Miller developed award-winning pro bono programs recognized by NYSBA, NYSCBL and the ABA. Among his many awards, Miller received the ABA’s Pro Bono Publico Award, its highest award for pro bono service, for his leading role in the legal relief efforts in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

Beyond bar activities, Miller served as an election supervisor in war-torn Bosnia and interviewed Kosovo refugees for evidence of war crimes.

Miller earned his degrees from New York University and New York Law School.

October 5, 2018: State Bar Association Approves International Section's Latin American Council Ethics Guidelines

September 28, 2018: State Bar Association Calls for FBI Investigation into Allegations Regarding Supreme Court Nominee

September 5, 2018: State Bar Association President Calls on Congress to Pass Budget for the Legal Services Corporation

August 27, 2018: Governor Signs NYS Bar Association Legislation Providing Attorney-Client Privilege to Lawyer Referral Services

August 14, 2018: New York State Bar Association Recognizes Volunteers Who Assisted Adult ICE Detainees at Albany County Jail

August 7, 2018: American Bar Association Approves Resolution Introduced by State Bar and New York City Bar to Assist Puerto Rico Recovery Efforts

August 2, 2018: New York State Bar Association Calls on United States Congress to Pass Comprehensive Criminal Record Sealing Law


June 25, 2018: State Bar Association Leads Pro Bono Initiative to Ensure the Safety and Well-Being of Migrant Children Detained at Facilities in New York State

June 20, 2018: Statement on U.S. Border Policy from New York State Bar Association President Michael Miller

June 18, 2018: State Bar Association Creates Section on Women in Law, Calls for Mandated Counsel Rate Increases and Exemption of Puerto Rico from Merchant Marine Act Provisions

June 6, 2018: Statement from State Bar President Michael Miller on Reform of New York Law on Criminal Discovery

June 5, 2018: Michael Miller Sworn in as President of the New York State Bar Association, Announces Priorities