Professor Elizabeth Miller Wins Prestigious American Bar Association Award
Professor Elizabeth "Beth" Miller received the 2013 Martin I. Lubaroff Award from The Committee on LLCs, Partnership and Unincorporated Entities, Section of Business Law of the American Bar Association.
Baylor Law School Professor Elizabeth "Beth" Miller has been chosen to receive the 2013 Martin I. Lubaroff Award.
The Committee on LLCs, Partnership and Unincorporated Entities, Section of Business Law of the American Bar Association, awards the Martin I. Lubaroff annually. Professor Miller received the award in recognition of her leadership, scholarship, and outstanding service to the law of LLCs, partnerships, and unincorporated business entities.
Professor Miller is a former chair of the committee and is an authority in Texas and nationwide on the law of business organizations. Professor Miller will be presented with her award on Oct. 17, in Washington, D.C.
"Baylor Law School takes pride in a faculty who are not only scholars, but also practicing attorneys who contribute meaningfully to the evolution of the law," Baylor Law School Dean Brad Toben said. "Rarely is there a business organizations statute passed by the Texas Legislature that does not have Professor Miller's imprint on it. She has been involved in the drafting of legislation affecting Texas business organizations for many years. In recent years, she was instrumental in the coordination and drafting of the Texas Business Organizations Code. This statute, which became effective in 2006, is several hundred pages in length and reorganized and modernized the corporate and other business entity statutes in Texas."
A tribute to Professor Miller was published in the ABA newsletter, The LLC & Partnership Reporter in September. In the tribute, Robert R. Keatinge, a Denver attorney who has worked with Professor Miller on the LLCs, Partnership and Unincorporated Entities committee, praised her work.
"I think Lord Buckley had it about right, 'it was so simple it plum evaded me,'" Keatinge said. "'It' being Beth's unique contribution to the development of the law of unincorporated entities. Of all of us that work in this vineyard, Beth probably is the hardest working and most selfless and self-effacing. Beth Miller is a national leader in our discipline almost in spite of herself. Her even-handed insight and diligence in pursuing and understanding the law of unincorporated entities both within Texas and throughout the country make her work indispensable to the work we all do."
The Martin I. Lubaroff Award was established in 2001 to honor the memory of Marty Lubaroff, who passed away on Jan. 1, 2001. Lubaroff was a good friend and mentor to scores of lawyers in Delaware and throughout the United States. He was a longtime member of, and key participant in, the LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities Committee of the ABA. He was chair the Limited Partnerships Subcommittee at the time of his death.
Professor Miller is a nationally recognized expert in her fields, and lawyers nationwide rely on the case law updates she prepares for American Bar Association publications and programs. She frequently speaks on topics involving corporate, partnership, and limited liability company law at continuing legal education programs.
In 2011, Professor Miller received the Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award from the American Bar Association Business Law Section.
Professor Miller has been involved in the drafting of legislation affecting Texas business organizations for many years, and has served in an advisory or membership capacity on the drafting committees for numerous prototype, model, and uniform statutes and agreements relating to unincorporated business organizations. She has held leadership positions in the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, as well as the American Bar Association Business Law Section. Professor Miller is an elected member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Foundation, and the Texas Bar Foundation.
She received her JD with highest honors from Baylor Law School in 1985, and was first in her graduating class. Upon graduation, she received the highest score on the State of Texas July 1985 bar examination. Professor Miller was in private practice for six years before she returned to Baylor Law School to join the faculty in 1991. While in practice, she represented banks and bank holding companies, as well as other privately and publicly held companies in a variety of matters, including formations, reorganizations, and acquisitions.