Born:  January 11, 1924
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Died: November 14, 2009
Rockville, Maryland

Summart by
Howard P. Willens

Interviews Conducted by
Howard P. Willens, Esq.

Herbert J. Miller, Jr., Esq.

Oral History Text & Documentation

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Oral History Summary


University of Minnesota, 1941-1943
(withdrew to enter military service)
B.A., George Washington University, 1948
LL.B., George Washington University, 1949
Editorial Staff, George Washington Law Review

Military Service
U.S. Army in 1943, served in New Guinea, Philippines and Japan.
Discharged with the rank of Captain, 1946

Professional Experience
Began practice of law as Associate of Kirkland, Fleming, Green, Martin & Ellis (now Kirkland & Ellis) and became a partner in 1958.
Appointed by President Kennedy to be Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, of the Department of Justice, confirmed by the Senate in February 1961. Responsible for the supervision of the enforcement of all Federal criminal laws with the principal exception of antitrust and tax.
In April 1965, founded  Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewis, Washington, D.C.
In July 1965, appointed by President Johnson to be Chairman of the President’s Commission on Crime for the District of Columbia.
Chairman of the Criminal Law and Procedures Committee of the Bar Association for the District of Columbia, Director 1967; Vice President 1969
President of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia 1970-1971
Chairman, Judicial Selection Committee for the Bar Association of the District of Columbia 1972-73

Other Activities
Chairman of the Panel on Control and Enforcement, White House Conference on Narcotics, September 27-28, 1962. Liaison representative during 1963 for the Department of Justice on The President’s Advisory Commission on Narcotic and Drug Abuse.
Acting Chief Delegate at the Third Inter-American Convention of Attorneys General, Mexico City, July 12-21, 1963
Chief Delegate at the Third Meeting of Ministers of Government of Interior and Security of the Central American Countries, Panama and the United States, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, September 1-3, 1964
Chairman of panel at the National Conference on Bail and Criminal Justice, Washington, D.C., May 27-28, 1964
Chief Delegate of the Fourth Meeting of Ministers of Government of Interior and Security of the Central American Countries, Guatemala City, Guatemala, January 26-30, 1965
Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center, 1975
Recipient of the Bar Association for the District of Columbia’s 1994 “Lawyer of the Year” Award

Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules for the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States, 1983-1989
Committee on Grievances for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, 1983 to March 1989; appointed Chairman of the Committee on Grievances in 1985
American College of Trial Lawyers
District of Columbia Bar; Bar Association for the District of Columbia; American Bar Association