The 2010 George N. Leighton Justice Award - presented to Justice Ben Miller - June 14, 2010


As a trial court judge, an appellate court justice, and a justice of the Supreme Court of Illinois, former Chief Justice Benjamin K. Miller served the courts of Illinois for 25 years. With a sense of honesty, integrity, fairness, and humility, he has dedicated his career to improving the quality of justice in Illinois.

In addition to authoring nearly 500 opinions while a member of the Supreme Court, Justice Miller initiated numerous innovative programs including convening the Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council to improve the response of Illinois courts and agencies to matters of family violence. He also convened a Conference on the Future of the Courts of Illinois to measure the impact of changing demographic, economic, and technological forces on the courts of Illinois.

While Chief Justice, Justice Miller initiated other innovative programs that focused on expanding judicial performance evaluations statewide, adding non-lawyers to disciplinary panels that ruled on attorney misconduct, and initiating changes to the Code of Judicial Conduct. In a commendatory editorial at the time of Justice Miller's retirement from the court, the Chicago Tribune concluded "Well done, your honor. Well done." Justice Miller currently practices law as Of Counsel to Jenner & Block, LLP.