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Benjamin K. Miller

Previous Illinois Supreme Court Justice

Former Supreme Court Justice Benjamin K. MillerBenjamin K. Miller, a native of Springfield, received a B.A. degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1958. He then attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, where he received a J.D. degree in 1961. Following graduation from Vanderbilt, Justice Miller returned to Springfield where he was in private practice from 1961 to 1976. In 1976, he was appointed a Judge of the Circuit Court for the 7th Judicial Circuit by the State Supreme Court. He was elected to that position in 1978. Justice Miller served as Presiding Judge in the Criminal Felony Division of the Circuit Court in Sangamon County from 1976 to 1980. In 1981, he was elected Chief Judge of the 7th Judicial Circuit and served in that capacity until 1982, when he was elected to the 4th District Appellate Court. In 1984, he was elected to the Supreme Court of Illinois and was retained in 1994. He was elected Chief Justice of the Court in 1991 and served in that capacity until Jan. 1, 1994. During his tenure as Chief Justice, he formed the Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council. He retired from the Supreme Court on February 1, 2001. In addition to his judicial duties, Justice Miller currently is a member of the Sangamon County, Illinois (former member of the Board of Governors and Treasurer), American (member of the Bar Admissions Committee of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar), Women's and Central Illinois Women's Bar Associations. He served as chair of the Illinois Courts Commission from 1988 to 1991. In 1991, Justice Miller was the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Law degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago and the Lawyers' Assistance Program's "Carl Rolewick Memorial" award.