August 17, 2023

On August 16, 2023, the American Bar Association announced the appointment of Betsy A. Miller as Special Advisor to the Commission on Women in the Profession.

Ms. Miller is the immediate past chair of Cohen Milstein’s Public Client practice, where she represents state attorneys general in investigations and litigation involving consumer protection. Ms. Miller also is member of Harvard Law School’s adjunct faculty, where she teaches coursework on leadership and negotiations.

Ms. Miller has had an expansive career in the public and private sector, with positions at the U.S. Senate, the D.C. Office of the Attorney General, Big Law defense firms, Plaintiffs’ firms, academia, and as a certified leadership coach.

A longstanding member of the ABA, Ms. Miller is actively involved with Law Practice Division through the Women Rainmakers’ Committee. She has presented at the Women of Legal Tech Summit and published in the ABA’s Law Technology Today. Her forthcoming article, Rainmaking and Leadership Are Divorced, and the Firm Is Not Alright, will be published as the lead feature piece in the ABA’s Law Practice Magazine this fall.

Ms. Miller presents regularly on leadership, change management, organizational culture, and negotiations. She co-chairs the Women’s Leadership Forum at the National Trial Lawyers annual Summit and works nationally to amplify the importance of developing and retaining women in the law. To that end, she offers pro bono leadership coaching to women lawyers, a service often financially inaccessible to those who need it most. At Cohen Milstein, she led the annual attorney review process for more than a decade, redesigning the firm’s approach to feedback and performance assessment. She also played a key role identifying and sponsoring the next generation of talented women transitioning into leadership roles at the firm.

For her commitment to mentoring young lawyers, she was awarded the Wasserstein Fellowship at Harvard Law School. The National Law Journal named Ms. Miller its Visionary Award recipient in 2021, and she has been recognized for her leadership by Lawdragon and others. Her other articles have been published in The American Lawyer, Law360, and the National Law Journal. Her most recent article, BOTH: The Legal Profession’s Struggle to Leverage Stability AND Change, was published in the Harvard Negotiation Law Review in April 2023. 

About the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession:

The Commission was created in August 1987 to assess the status of women in the legal profession, identify barriers to advancement, and recommend to the ABA actions to address problems identified. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the first chair of the Commission, set the pace for the Commission.