For Immediate Release - May 15, 2012

AG Coakley Appoints New Civil Rights Division Chief

BOSTON – Attorney General Martha Coakley has appointed a new Chief to lead her office’s Civil Rights Division.  Jonathan Miller, who has served as Assistant Attorney General since joining the AG’s office in 2008, has been appointed Chief of the Civil Rights Division.

“Jonathan is an outstanding lawyer who has served with great distinction in the Attorney General’s Office and is a natural choice to lead the Civil Rights Division,” AG Coakley said.  “I am confident that Jonathan’s expertise, energy and leadership will bring continued success to the Division and our office.”      

Miller, a Hopkinton resident, joined the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in July 2008 as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division in the Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau.  Over the past four years, Miller has worked on a number of important cases and initiatives, serving as co-counsel in the Attorney General’s case challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and in the successful litigation against Option One Mortgage Corp, among other matters.  

Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Miller served as a staff attorney with Staten Island Legal Services specializing in foreclosure prevention cases, was a William J. Brennan fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union, and clerked for the Honorable Jan E. DuBois in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  Miller, a native of Newton, is a graduate of Newton South High School, Dartmouth College and Columbia Law School. 

As an advocate for victim and consumer rights, the Civil Rights Division works to ensure that the civil rights and liberties of visitors and residents of the Commonwealth are preserved and protected.  The Division works to end discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age and disability, and to ensure equal and meaningful opportunity to each Massachusetts resident to participate in a civic society in areas such as education, housing, employment, financial services, healthcare, transportation, voting and marriage. In addition, the Division works to protect individual rights of free speech and privacy.

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