Richard S. Miller

  • Professor of Law Emeritus


  • BS Boston University 1951
  • JD magna cum laude Boston University 1956
  • LLM Yale Law School 1959


Professor Miller arrived in Hawai‘i in 1973 to help establish the new law school at the University of Hawai‘i. His first law degree is from Boston University, where he was editor-in-chief of the Law Review. After practicing law in Boston he earned a Master of Law degree from the Yale Law School. He was a law professor from 1959 to 1996, having taught at Wayne State University and Ohio State University before coming to Hawai`i.

His areas of principal interest are torts, conflict of laws, and health insurance. He served the law school as Associate Dean (1976-77) and Dean (1981-84). 

In 1985, Professor Miller was instrumental in securing a USIA Grant for exchange of faculty between the Hiroshima University School of Law and the University of Hawai‘i's law school. He was a visiting professor at Hiroshima University during fall 1986 and at the Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) during spring 1987. Professor Miller is a member of the American Law Institute. He is also a board member of the Drug Policy Forum of Hawai‘i, the Media Council Hawaiʻi, and Kokua Council and a legal consultant for the Hawai‘i Coalition for Health. His work for the Coalition earned him the 1999 Volunteer of the Year Award from the Hawai‘i Medical Association Alliance.