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Charles Edward ("Chuck") Miller (b. 1944)

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, 1983-1994

Charles Edward ("Chuck") Miller was born September 26, 1944, in Washington, D.C. Miller's family relocated to Texas when he was in elementary school. Following his graduation from the Jesuit High School in Dallas, Miller entered Southern Methodist University, where he earned his undergraduate degree. He attended Southern Methodist University School of Law, graduating in 1972.

Miller served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1970, graduated from officer candidate school, and served as aide-de-camp to Brigadier General Lloyd L. Leech at Fort Bliss, Texas.

From 1972 to 1977, Miller was an attorney specializing in criminal trial practice. He was judge of Dallas County Criminal Court #7 from 1977 to 1982. During his five years on that court, he was named Best Dallas Misdemeanor Court Judge by the Dallas Bar Association, and Best Dallas Criminal Court Judge by the Dallas County Criminal Bar Association.

Miller was elected to a six-year term on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 1982; he was reelected in 1988, serving until 1994.

Miller has served as an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University, teaching criminal trial evidence; served as chairman of the criminal justice section of the State Bar of Texas; and has lectured at law schools including The University of Texas, Southern Methodist University, and Baylor University.

Miller and his wife, Katherine Kelley-Miller, made history in 1986, when Judge Miller administered the attorney's oath to his wife, becoming the first judge in the history of the court to have a spouse who was also an attorney.


Biographical Information on Judge Chuck Miller of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Archives of the Gov. Bill and Vara Daniel Center for Legal History, State Bar of Texas, 1989.

Lawyer's swearing-in sealed with a kiss, Austin American Statesman, May 20, 1986.