PUBLISHED:July 21, 2020

Miller elected to membership in American Law Institute


Professor Darrell Miller, a scholar of civil rights, constitutional law, local government law, and legal history, was one of 38 elected to ALI membership in July.

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Professor Darrell A. H. Miller, whose scholarship and teaching focus on civil rights, constitutional law, civil procedure, state and local government law, and legal history, has been elected to membership in the American Law Institute (ALI).

Miller, the Melvin G. Shimm Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Intellectual Life, and co-director of the Duke Center for Firearms Law, was one of 38 individuals whose elections were announced by ALI on July 20. In welcoming the “superbly qualified” group, ALI President David F. Levi, the Levi Family Professor of Law and Judicial Studies, director of the Bolch Judicial Institute, and former dean of Duke Law, said they would bring unique insight to the institute’s Restatement, Principles, and Model Code projects. 

Miller’s scholarship on the Second and Thirteenth Amendments has been published in leading law reviews such as the Yale Law Journal, the University of Chicago Law Review, and the Columbia Law Review, and has been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Courts of Appeals, the United States District Courts, and in congressional testimony and legal briefs.  With Joseph Blocher, he is the author of The Positive Second Amendment: Rights, Regulation, and the Future of Heller (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Prior to joining the academy, Miller practiced complex and appellate litigation in Columbus, Ohio. He is a former clerk to Chief Judge R. Guy Cole, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

More than 30 Duke Law faculty scholars and more than 50 alumni are members of ALI. Many faculty participate as reporters, advisers, or consulting members on the group’s projects, including current projects on government ethics, sexual assault, policing, conflict of laws, and other topics.