Faculty Spotlight: Professor Meredith Miller

Professor Meredith R. Miller recently participated in a panel at the New York State Bar Association (“NYSBA”) annual meeting: 2024 Constance Baker Motley Symposium: 10 Strategies to be a Culturally Effective Lawyer. The panel was sponsored by NYSBA’s Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The interactive and candid presentation united members from NYSBA’s Sections and Committees to delve into real-life scenarios faced when working with others who are different. The panelists explored practical strategies and best practices for fostering cultural competency and ensuring lawyers can be inclusive and effective in today’s diverse world.

Other panelists included: Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, First Department; Hon. Cheryl E. Chambers, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, Second Department; Mirna M. Santiago, Esq., President and CEO, Girls Rule the Law, Inc.; Jacqueline J. Drohan, Esq., Partner, Drohan Lee LLP; Kimberly Dobson, Esq., Shareholder, Littler Mendelson P.C.; Vincent Chang, Esq., Counsel, Davis Polk, and Bess Chiu, Esq., Deputy General Counsel and Chief of Staff, The State University of New York. The panel was moderated by Nihla F. Sikkander, Esq., Assistant Counsel – Litigation and Labor, The State University of New York, and Dena M. DeFazio, Esq., Associate, Barclay Damon LLP.

Professor Miller is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession, and has served in leadership roles in organizations that consider these values central to their mission. She is a past president of LeGaL, the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York, where she served on the board for a decade. She is also a past president of the Network of Bar Leaders, where she continues to serve on its Leadership Advisory Council. By appointment of the Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, she is a member of the Richard C. Failla LGBTQ Commission of the New York State Courts.

Since 2006, Professor Miller has served on the faculty of Touro University Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. She teaches, writes, and practices in the areas of contract, business and employment law. Her teaching has twice been recognized by her students with a “Professor of the Year” award, and her scholarship has been cited by courts and casebooks.


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