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Paula J. Miller

Community Representative, Youth Services Advisory Board


Paula J. Miller is a member of the Dallas County Juvenile Board by virtue of her position as Chair of the Dallas County Youth Services Advisory Board (“YSAB”). She has served on YSAB since 2001 and became YSAB Chair in 2013.

Ms. Miller has a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from Southern Methodist University. As a sociologist, she taught at the University of Maryland and then did government contract social research, evaluation, and training. In 1983, she began her career as a Dallas attorney, first as an associate and then as a partner at Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, L.L.P. In 1994, she established her own law practice. She provides a wide range of legal services to a varied clientele, including retirement communities, corporate entities, and individuals.

Ms. Miller has long been concerned with education and the interests of young people at risk. For example, in 1995, she served as the first Chair of the Dallas Bar Association’s Juvenile Justice Committee. In the latter part of the 1990s, through a collaborative effort between Dallas County, the Dallas Bar Association, and Big Thought (Young Audiences), she oversaw the creation of murals by young people in the Dallas County juvenile justice system. The murals, which were first displayed at the George Allen, Sr. Courthouse, now hang in the Jury Prep Room at the Henry Wade Juvenile Justice Center. In 2000, she was honored as the Outstanding Children's Justice Project/LAMP attorney by the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. In 2004, she served on the Dallas Bar Association’s committee to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education. In 2009, she and another lawyer oversaw a pilot summer reading program designed to assist young people on probation and others residing at the Dallas County Youth Village. Ms. Miller currently serves part-time as a Truancy Court Judge.