Ben Miller is an Assistant Public Defender in the Appellate Division of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. There he represents criminal defendants with the appeals of their convictions before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and Maryland Court of Appeals. His practice requires him to review transcripts from criminal trials, conduct extensive legal research, file written appellate briefs and petitions for writ of certiorari, and argue cases before appellate courts. He also conducts trainings on preserving issues for appellate review for trial attorneys and on how to approach criminal appeals for private attorneys planning to handle cases on a pro bono basis.
Before joining the Office of the Public Defender, Mr. Miller was a law clerk for the Superior Court of Massachusetts and then also for Chief Judge Peter Krauser of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. He is admitted to practice in Maryland, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia.
Mr. Miller graduated with honors from American University, Washington College of Law. While in law school, he participated as a student attorney in the Criminal Justice Defense Clinic, representing indigent criminal defendants in Montgomery County, Maryland, and was Articles Editor for the Administrative Law Review. As a law student, he interned for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano, and The Honorable Susan Winfield in D.C. Superior Court.
Prior to law school, he worked at several Boston-area newspapers, including writing for The Boston Globe and served as Assistant Director of Sports Information at Northeastern University. Mr. Miller received his undergraduate degree from Northeastern University, majoring in Journalism. Mr. Miller also has taught legal writing and oral advocacy at both the University of Maryland School of Law and the University of Baltimore School of Law.