Jim Miller, Jr. was born in Sandy Spring, Montgomery County, Maryland on June 15, 1931. Following his years at Landon School, he attended Wesleyan University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1953 and then on to Georgetown University Law Center where he achieved his LL.B. in 1955.
In that year Jim joined his father and stepmother in a general, civil practice in Rockville, at 200B Monroe Street. During his years of private practice, he was committed to a variety of endeavors of public service, ranging from the presidency of the Rockville Chamber of Commerce, service on the Governor’s Commission on Reorganization of the Government of the State of Maryland, Maryland House of Delegates from 1963 to 1967 and President of the Bar Association of Montgomery County in 1969-70.
On September 28, 1970, President Richard M Nixon nominated Jim to the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, where he served until December 1986 when, as a result of some questions of health, he took early retirement from the Bench. The Judge spent time restoring his health and energies, sailing and enjoying his family at his home on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
In August of 1991, Judge Miller returned to Miller, Miller & Canby and serving in an “of counsel” capacity took up the role as counselor to the firm, while actively building a much renowned reputation as a mediator and arbitrator.
He continued very actively in maintaining a heavy schedule of mediations and arbitrations, gradually slowing that endeavor until the death of his wife, Jo Anne, in 2006.
Not long after that loss, the Judge once again returned to his beloved Eastern Shore and to a new winter home in Boca Grande, Florida and took up a life of more extensive travel and family contacts.
Judge Miller passed away in Easton, Maryland, on June 25, 2014. He is survived by his children James R. Miller, III, Andrew C. Miller, Merrie H. Miller Delauder and Katherine T. Miller Goldberg, his loving companion Patricia L. Chapman, and his brother Thomas C. Miller.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday July 15 at 11:30 am at the Bozman United Methodist Church. The address of the church is 7988 Bozman-Neavitt Rd, Bozman, MD 21612. Immediately following the service, there will be a reception at the Miles River Yacht Club, 24750 Yacht Club Rd, St. Michaels, MD. U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Hollander, one of the Judge's former law clerks, will deliver a eulogy at the service.