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MILLER James Terence Miller, defense attorney, professor, and Everglades activist died in an automobile accident on March 25th. He was 59. Jim, or Terry as he was known growing up, was a longtime Jacksonville resident. He joined the Florida Bar in 1980 and served as an Assistant Public Defender from 1980 to 1994. From 1994 to 1997 he was a member of the law firm of Corse, Bell and Miller. Since 1997 Jim maintained a solo practice dealing exclusively in appeals and post convictions, assisted by Fran Salomon. He served on the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL) Board of Directors since 1988 and as a chair or co-chair of Amicus Curiae Committee FACDL from 1990 to 2005. He was an adjunct Professor at Florida Coastal School of Law from 1998 until his death. In addition he was a frequent lecturer at seminars for FACDL and the Florida Public Defender's Association. Over the past three decades Jim- a naturalist, bird and orchid enthusiast- took an increasing interest in the preservation of the Everglades and in 2007 produced the CD Pahayokee, a Plea For Life: A Song Cycle of the Everglades. Born in Bessemer, Alabama on Oct 27, 1953, Jim was the oldest of four children born to James E Miller and the late Rena S Miller. He attended college and law school at the University of Florida. In 1982, he married Carol Snyder. In addition to his beloved wife of 31 years, Jim is survived by his father, brothers Richard Miller of North Carolina and Jeffery Miller of Texas, a sister Kim Meadows of Fleming Island, Florida, five nieces and nephews, and many friends and admirers. Jim is remembered as a man whose intellect, gentle nature, and dedication to the rights of the defenseless, endeared him to so many. A memorial service will take place at 4 pm on April 19, 2013 at Old St Andrews Church, 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd in Jacksonville, Florida. If you wish, in lieu of flowers, a contribution to a is appreciated. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Apr. 14, 2013
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