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An Introduction To Judge Rita Miller

There are several judges who have a lasting legacy on the bench, and Judge Rita Miller, also known as the Honorable Rita “Sunny” Miller, is undoubtedly one of these professionals. Now retired from the bench, Judge Miller continues on in the legal field as a professional in ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) with ADR Services, Inc.

Education and Background

Judge Rita Miller first began her education at Connecticut College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts. From here, Judge Miller completed Special Studies at Harvard University, and then went on to earn her J.D from Loyola Law School in 1979. In addition to this achievement, she was also first in her graduating class of 375 from Loyola, and was summa cum laude, achieving the highest grade point average ever earned in the program at Loyola at that time.

During her time at Loyola Judge Miller was the Chief Articles Editor and published a comment in the Loyola Law Review. She also received the Aggeler Award from Loyola for her academic achievement, as well as the Loyola Law School Scholarship for Excellence in the Study of Law, the J. Rex Dribble Honor Award, a Bancroft-Whitney award, 4 American Jurisprudence Book Awards and several other impressive awards and distinctions.

She worked for Munge, Tolles & Olson from her graduation in 1979 through to 200, and was an associate from 979-1984, and a partner from 1985 until her appointment to the bench by Governor Gray Davis in 2000.

On the Bench

Judge Rita Miller presided over a range of cases in a general civil courtroom in Los Angeles. She also served as a judge in the Limited Civil Jurisdiction, Misdemeanors, Traffic and Proposition 36 Drug Court.

Judge Miller also served on appellate courts, including as a Justice Pro Tem in the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District as well as the California Court of Appeal throughout her time on the bench.

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