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Elizabeth Miller

Office of the Ohio Public Defender
Assistant Director
Columbus, Ohio
Elizabeth Miller is the Assistant Director of the Office of the Ohio Public Defender (OPD). She has dedicated her legal career to ensuring the most vulnerable individuals in our society are afforded quality legal representation. Elizabeth first joined the OPD in 2004 and served as an Assistant State Public Defender in the OPD’s Juvenile Department—providing trial, appellate, and post-conviction representation to juveniles across the state, which included successfully arguing cases before the Supreme Court of Ohio. From 2011-2012, Elizabeth served as Director of the Juvenile Division of the Hamilton County Public Defender Office in Cincinnati. In 2012, Elizabeth rejoined the OPD as a Supervising Attorney in the OPD’s Legal Department, supervising attorneys providing appellate and post-conviction representation to incarcerated adults. In 2014, Elizabeth was appointed Assistant Director of the OPD, a profession that she feels is her calling and drives her to constantly work toward improving the support and services available to both OPD’s clients and staff members.

As Assistant Director of the OPD, Elizabeth is responsible for the development and operations of OPD’s central office in Columbus, and four county offices. Elizabeth directly supervises and mentors the agency’s four deputy directors, and helps oversee the more than 140 staff who provide representation to capital, adult, and juvenile clients.

In addition to her role in leading OPD’s staff members, Elizabeth serves as the OPD’s representative on statewide commissions; meets with lawmakers, attorneys, and interested parties on legislation and policies; and provides training for public defenders across the country. She chairs OPD’s Diversity & Inclusion Working Group, and is currently a Steering Committee Member for the National Association for Public Defense and Stepping Up Initiative. Elizabeth, who is a certified trainer in Crucial Conversations, recently earned her Certificate in Government and Non-Profit Leadership from The Ohio State University’s John Glenn College. She graduated from Miami University (Ohio) with a degree in Political Science and Russian, and received her J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.