Monday, February 1, 2010
President Names Attorney to Postal Service Board
By a MetNews Staff Writer
President Obama said Friday he intends to nominate former Los Angeles lawyer Paul S. Miller to the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service.
Currently a law professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, Miller served early in his career as an attorney at the Los Angeles firm of Manatt Phelps and Phillips and in 1990 became director of litigation for what is now known as the Disability Law Center at Loyola Law School.
He was special assistant to the president during the first nine months of the Obama administration, helping manage the appointments and nominations process, and previously served in the White House as liaison to the disabled community and deputy director of the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs during the Clinton Administration.
Miller—who has the genetic condition achondroplasia, a type of dwarfism—is 4 feet 5 inches tall, and has been active in the disability rights movement for years. Early in his career, he was a leader of Little People of America, and his stint at Manatt Phelps has been identified as an inspiration for the character “Hamilton Schuyler,” a lawyer on the television series “L.A. Law.”
From 2006 to 2009, Miller was the director of the University of Washington’s Disability Studies Program, an interdisciplinary program that examines the social, cultural, historical and personal experience of disability.
Prior to joining the school’s faculty in 2004, he was one of the longest serving commissioners of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency which enforces employment discrimination laws.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School, Miller was admited to the State Bar of California in 1987. According to the State Bar’s website, he is currently on inactive status.
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