Benjamin K. Miller is a litigator who focuses on appeals, dispute mediation and business consultation. He is a former Justice on the Supreme Court of Illinois (1984 to 2001), serving as the Chief Justice from 1991 to 1994. During this time, Justice Miller participated in more than 2,000 cases and authored 487 opinions, including numerous landmark decisions. He is of counsel in the Firm's Litigation Department, and a member of both the Appellate and Supreme Court, and Class Action Practices.
During his tenure on the Supreme Court, Justice Miller initiated numerous innovative programs including convening the Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council to help improve the cooperation and response of Illinois courts and agencies to matters of family violence. He also focused on expanding judicial performance evaluations statewide, adding non-lawyers to disciplinary hearing board panels that ruled upon attorney misconduct, and amending the Code of Judicial Conduct to clarify the restrictions on political activity by judges and judicial candidates. Justice Miller established the Special Commission on the Administration of Justice, chaired by former Jenner & Block Chairman Jerold S. Solovy, which produced reports on the management practices and administration of the courts, and on the state’s juvenile justice system.
Justice Miller has been active in many professional and civic organizations. He received an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago and is the namesake of the Illinois Domestic Violence Coordinating Council’s coveted Justice Benjamin K. Miller Award, which is given to individuals who play a significant role in addressing domestic violence. Justice Miller has also served as an adjunct professor at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Department of Medical Humanities since 1974. A long-time advocate for battered and abused women, Justice Miller was a founding member of the Central Illinois Women’s Bar Association and the first member of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court.