7 Questions with Lisa Miller, Esq
Featuring Elayne C. Berg-Wilion
Denise McKinney Howell
What is your favorite technology device? Why?
My favorite technology device is my iPhone. It’s small, easy to carry, and has so many functions! I can use it as a computer and a camera. I can send and receive texts. And I can also use it as a telephone.
What was the best vacation you ever took? What made it the best ever?
I love to travel. I have many dream vacations. I have lived some of these dreams, while others remain on my bucket list. I plan to get to South Africa next year.
One of my best-ever vacations was last year. I traveled to India with my daughter, son-in-law, and his parents, who are from Kolkata. My daughter and I got to meet family and friends in Kolkata and visiting many beautiful places in other cities. We went to Mother Theresa's house, where she lived and is buried, and the house where her Order takes care of infants and small children with disabilities. We visited the Jewish Girls School and two synagogues. It was very moving.
What was your favorite TV show growing up? What about it spoke to you?
I greatly admire Paul Robeson because he was so talented. And in so many different fields! He mastered law, athletics, acting, and singing. He wasn't afraid to speak out. But unfortunately, he lived in a time when he was not fully appreciated. He was not even allowed to appear in court.
I have tremendous admiration for the women judges and lawyers from Afghanistan whom I was privileged to meet as a Trustee of the Women Lawyers of Los Angeles. I admire their perseverance. Many of them needed 20 years to complete their educations after the Taliban closed the schools. I admire their courage - they all had death threats hanging over them. I admire their love of their country, the reason they were willing to take these risky positions and risk their lives.
If you were going to write a screenplay, what genre would it be? Who would be your first choice for lead actor/actress? Why?
My most significant accomplishments are my children, Beth and Michael. Being a parent taught me patience. Parenthood gave me tremendous insights, which I use in everything I do.
Regarding accomplishments in my professional legal career, I was the first woman lawyer in the legal department of the first company with which I worked. I was the first successful woman lawyer in the second company for which I worked. So opening doors for other woman lawyers was a big accomplishment for me.
If you could have a career different from the one you are now pursuing, what would it be? Why is this your alternate choice?
Astrophysicist. Have you seen Michio Kaku (futurist, theoretical physicist, and Professor of Theoretical Physics at the City College of New York) and Neil deGrasse Tyson (astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City)? Who doesn't want to be them?
What do you hope to accomplish before you retire? After you retire?
Retire?? I still have to start a career as an astrophysicist. And a marine biologist. And a teacher. And a naturalist. And an author. And a computer scientist. And a photographer. And a yoga instructor. And ...
Lisa Miller is a member of the WLALA Board of Governors, where she runs projects centered on the legal aspects of domestic violence and homelessness. Ms. Miller is Of Counsel with the California and Nevada-based law firm Marcin Lambirth, LLP, focused on business litigation (including digital, hacking, and electronic espionage matters), civil rights/excessive force complaints, and high-end personal injury. Ms. Miller is a hearing officer for numerous California agencies, cities, and bar association fee dispute programs. She is admitted to practice law in California, New York, and all federal courts.
Ms. Miller teaches First Amendment Free Speech / Law of Mass Communication at the University of Southern California, writes and speaks on freedom of speech and related subjects, and consults on trials and appeals.