Baron L. Miller
Baron L. Miller was born and raised in San Francisco, a second generation American, the grandchild of Jewish immigrants from eastern Europe. He attended public grade schools and college, and received his Juris Doctorate degree from San Francisco Law School in 1972. Since his admission to the Bar in 1973, Mr. Miller has continuously practiced law in San Francisco.
Mr. Miller harbors ideas for a better world, and has been involved in numerous social action movements. His mother was a caregiver and a designer, and his father was an attorney, and growing up he learned from them the value of acquiring knowledge and skills, and using them to benefit others as well as oneself. Through them he also learned commitment. There is a family focus on achievement in the law, as Mr. Miller’s sister, Lynn Miller Nightingale, is a respected independent probate paralegal preferred among San Francisco probate and estate planning attorneys, and her son, Zachary Miller Nightingale, is a prominent immigration attorney in San Francisco.
Mr. Miller is married to Nancy Keyes, a Nurse Practitioner at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in San Francisco, and an assistant clinical professor in the UCSF School of Nursing. Together they enjoy sports, literature, and the arts, both as participants and as spectators.
Mr. Miller has one child, an adult daughter, who suffers from a disabling chronic illness.
Baron L. Miller received his Juris Doctorate degree from San Francisco Law School and he has been in private practice in San Francisco continuously since 1973.
After admission to the Bar in 1973 Mr. Miller began his career working in the office of his father, Alfred M. Miller. They later formed a partnership, and worked together until Alfred Miller’s death in 1995. Baron Miller currently consults with and hires other attorneys to assist him on an as-needed basis. Mr. Miller has served as the lead attorney in scores of trials and appeals, he has served as a mentor to law students and new attorneys, and his current focus is on planning and administering estates, with an emphasis on protecting the rights of disabled persons and their families.
For much of his career Mr. Miller has contributed his time and skills as a volunteer attorney at legal clinics run by the San Francisco Bar Association. For years he served as a mentor to high school students at the Mission High School Law Academy. As a result, he has received numerous commendations and awards from the State Bar and the S.F. Bar Association for his pro bono work, and from the San Francisco Board of Education for his work with underprivileged high school students.
Mr. Miller’s professional associations have included the following:
- Admitted to legal practice by the State Bar of California, the United States Northern District Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in1973
- Admitted to practice by the United States Supreme Court in 1978
- Member of the San Francisco and San Mateo County Bar Associations
- Member of the Attorney Panel on Indigent Appeals of the California Court of Appeals
- Member of the Attorney Panel on Parole Revocation Hearings of the California Department of Corrections
- Member of the Attorney Panel on Habeas Corpus Appeals of the Ninth Circuit Court of appeals
- Member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association
- Member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the San Mateo County Bar Association
- Member of the Board of Directors of Planned Lifetime Assistance Network (PLAN)
- Member of the Board of Directors of San Francisco Residential Care Association
- Member of the Board of Directors of National Alliance for the Mentally Ill – S.F.
Mr. Miller’s teaching history has included the following:
- Decades-long guest lecturer at the Business Ethics course at Notre Dame de Nemur University in Belmont, California
- Classroom teacher for the Law for the Layperson course at Orpheus University in San Francisco
- Classroom speaker in the San Francisco Bar Association Constitutional Law for Schools program
- Speaker to community groups on the subject of individual rights in the American Jewish Congress Legal Assistance to the Elderly outreach program
- Decades-long lecturer on animal and human rights for the Animal Rights Connection program he founded for Bay Area high schools and colleges.
- Presenter to Bay Area community groups on estate planning for families of the mentally ill
- Speaker to Bay Area high schools, colleges, graduate programs, and medical schools on the family perspective on mental illness
- Speaker at 2002 Animal Law Institute conference in Dallas, TX
- My Two Children. Proxy Parent Foundation (PPF) newsletter, Summer 2017. (proxyparentfoundation.org)
- Funding a Special Needs Trust With a Retirement Account. PPF newsletter, Summer 2015.
- Will or Trust or … PPF newsletter, Fall 2014
- When Should a Special Needs Trust Go Into Effect. PPF newsletter, Spring 2013.
- How Safe Are Your Trust Funds? PPF newsletter, Spring 2012.
- Personal Support Services – Image or Reality? PPF newsletter, Fall 2011.
- The All-Time Courage Team. PPF newsletter, Spring 2011.
- Timely Funding of a Special Needs Trust. PPF newsletter, Fall 2010.
- Importance of the Trustee. PPF newsletter, Spring 2010.
- What is a Special Needs Trust? PPF newsletter, Fall 2009.
- SSI in 2009. PPF newsletter, Spring 2009.
- Overcoming Bias Against Non-Human Clients. Animal Law Institute, May 1-2, 2003.
- A Special Needs Trust is the Ticket. The Journal of NAMI California, August, 2000.
- The Special Needs Trust. San Mateo AMI News, March 1996, and Out of the Fog, March 1996.
- Me vs. THEM. The Docket, March/April 1993.
- The Legend of Imaginative West Coast Lawyers is a Myth. Los Angeles Daily Journal, May 27,1987.
- Yet Another Case of me vs. THEM. The Recorder, August 25, 1987.
- The Tenth Plague. Jewish Advocate, April 6-12, 2001.
- The Value of Education. Animal Rights Connection Newsletter, August, 1996.
- Bigotry in the City of Tolerance. Out of the Fog, July 1996.
- Free Emigration. The Docket, December, 1994/January, 1995.
- Heterosexuals in the Military? San Francisco Examiner, February 9, 1993.
- The First Amendment and Animals. Animal Rights Connection Newsletter, February, 1991.
- Lawyer Baron Miller Writes on the Rose Bird Controversy. The Recorder, October 20, 1986.
- Michael Vick No One to Emulate. Seattle Post-Intelligencer, December 13, 2007.
- The Truth About Animal Rights. ASIANWEEK, September 3, 1998.
- Animal Rights and AIDS Research. The Oakland Tribune, July 9, 1996.
- Why Stop at Using Baboons to Cure Human Illnesses? Los Angeles Times, February 12, 1996.
- Should All Research Using Animals be Halted? The Oregonian, April 25, 1991.
Mr. Miller was the lead attorney and brief writer on 7 reported appeals:
- In re Marriage of Harris (1977) 74 C.A. 3d 98
- People v. Stewart (1979) 89 C.A. 3d 992
- Hines v. Enomoto 658 F.2d 667 (9th Cir., 1981)
- Weathersby v. Morris 708 F.2d 1493 (9th Cir., 1983)
- Royal Company Auctioneers, Inc. v. Coast Printing Equipment Company (1987) 193 C.A.3d 868
- Holland v. Thacher (1988) 199 C.A.3d 924
- Mata v. Ricketts 937 F.2d 467 (9th Cir., 1991); 981 F.2d 397 (9th Cir. 1992).