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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, September 27, 2010

Deputy Attorney General Thomas H. Miller Named Fellow of American College of Trial Lawyers

(DES MOINES, Iowa)  The American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) has inducted Deputy Iowa Attorney General for Criminal Law Thomas H. Miller as a fellow, during the College’s 60th Annual Meeting.  Miller was inducted at a weekend ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The College, widely considered to be the premier professional trial organization in the United States and Canada, is devoted to improving the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the profession.

Fellowship is extended only by invitation, after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality.  Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years of trial experience before being considered for fellowship.

Qualified lawyers are called to Fellowship in the College from all branches of trial practice.  They are selected from among advocates who represent plaintiffs or defendants in civil proceedings of all types, as well as prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers.  Membership cannot be more than one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province.

In 2006 Iowa Attorney General Thomas J. Miller appointed Thomas H. Miller (the two are not related) as Deputy Attorney General of the Criminal Law Bureau, which includes the Area Prosecutions Divisions, the Criminal Appeals Division, the Crime Victim Assistance Division, and the office of the Prosecuting Attorneys Training Coordinator.

In 1985 Thomas H. Miller joined the Attorney General’s Area Prosecutions Division as a criminal prosecutor, and became Director in 2002.  A native of Ames, he received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Iowa.  Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office he was a private attorney in Guthrie County and served as Guthrie County Attorney from 1979-1985.

“This is such an honor for Tom and for our office,” said Attorney General Tom Miller.  “Tom’s courtroom experience in criminal law is outstanding.  His induction as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers is a testament to his abilities, his background and his character.  I am proud to have such a respected prosecutor serving as our top criminal deputy.”

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