From the 2008 News Archive
Prof. Michael Millemann to Receive AALS National Award For Contributions To Pro Bono Service
Commending him for his leadership in "inculcating the pro bono ethic in law students and attorney volunteers," as well as for his deep commitment to public service, the Association of American Law Schools' section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities will present Jacob A. France Professor of Public Interest Law Michael Millemann with its 2008 Father Robert Drinan Award on Jan. 4 at the AALS annual meeting in New York.
The award, which was created in 2001, is given annually to a professional faculty or staff member at a law school who has forwarded the ethic of pro bono service through personal service, program design or management.
"I deeply appreciate the award, but I accept it on behalf of the many people who were partners in developing the projects, clinics and courses that the award recognizes, and on behalf of the law school, which provides extraordinary support to me and for these initiatives," said Prof. Millemann.
Spanning almost 40 years, Prof. Millemann's work has encompassed clinical legal education, law reform efforts across Maryland, and assistance to advocates of law and moderate income people and communities, aimed at increasing the quality of their legal representation. At the law school, he was a leader in establishing the nationally recognized Clinical Law Program, and helped develop the Cardin Requirement. He continues to teach several clinical courses each year.
Professor Millemann began his legal career as a legal services attorney. He served as a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow in the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau from 1969 to 1971. For the next two years he was chief attorney in Legal Aid East, Baltimore City and supervisor of the law school's Legal Aid Clinic. During this time, Professor Millemann founded the Legal Aid Bureau's Prisoner Assistance Project and worked as a staff attorney for the National Prison Project. He became a full-time member of the law school’s faculty in 1974.
From 1979–81, Professor Millemann was chief general counsel and chief of the Civil Division of the Maryland Attorney General's Office, responsible for supervising the assistant attorneys general who practice civil law. Professor Millemann has been chairman of the Maryland State Bar Association's Judicial Nominations Committee, was the first Secretary to the Maryland Legal Services Corporation, and served as a longtime Board Member and chairman of the Correctional Reform Section of the Maryland State Bar Association. He has both published extensively and participated as an attorney in major constitutional litigation.