For Immediate Release

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Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law
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2008-11-19

UW Law Professors Join Obama Transition Team

Professor Paul Steven MillerProfessor Robert Anderson UW School of Law professors Robert Anderson and Paul Steven Miller will serve on President-elect Barack Obama's transition team. Anderson, Director of the UW School of Law Native American Law Center, is co-chair of Obama's Department of Interior transition team. Miller, a nationally-recognized expert in employment discrimination and disability law, will work with other top advisors on labor and employment issues.

Associate Professor Anderson served from 1995-2001 as an appointee of Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, providing legal and policy advice on a wide variety of Indian law and natural resource issues. Before joining the law school, Anderson was a Senior Staff Attorney for the Native American Rights Fund in Boulder, Colorado and Anchorage, Alaska for 12 years. He litigated major cases involving Native American sovereignty, hunting and fishing rights, and natural resources.

Professor Miller joined the UW faculty in 2004, after spending 12 years in public service in Washington, DC. He was one of the longest serving commissioners of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency which enforces employment discrimination laws. While at the EEOC, Professor Miller spearheaded the development of the agency's successful mediation program. He has also served as the White House liaison to the disability community and as Deputy Director of the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs. Since 2006, Professor Miller has been the director of the UW Disability Studies Program, an interdisciplinary program that examines the social, cultural, historical and personal experience of disability.