UW School of Law professor Paul Steven Miller has joined the White House staff as a special assistant to President Obama. Miller, a nationally-recognized expert in employment discrimination and disability law, will manage the political appointments process at the U.S. Department of Justice and for lawyers throughout the new administration.
He will also lead the political appointments process for the Department of Education and other regulatory agencies, and managing the appointments process for political positions that impact the disabled and disability programs through the government.
Professor Miller served on Obama's transition team as a top advisor on labor and employment issues.
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.