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Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller (1938- 2002) Bob was born in Lexington, Kentucky, on June 19, 1938. He graduated from University High School in Lexington, attended St. Antony’s College at Oxford University, Oxford, England (1960-1961) and graduated from Haverford College (A.B., 1960) and Harvard University (LL.B., 1964). He was admitted to the Kentucky bar in 1964 and the Pennsylvania bar in 1987. He began his practice at the firm of Miller, Griffin & Marks, PSC in 1964. Bob authored numerous articles including what has become the defining legal paper on custom and usage in the thoroughbred industry entitled “America Singing: Custom and Usage in the Thoroughbred Horse Business,” 74 Kentucky Law Journal 781, 1986. Bob was instrumental in the original equine seminars presented in Lexington beginning in 1988 which were thereafter presented by the University of Kentucky College of Law CLE program under the banner of the University of Kentucky National Equine Seminar. He was the Chairman of the seminar from 1988-1991. As part of the annual seminar, in 1986 he published and presented the article “The Auction, Exchange & Non-Private Sale of Horses & Interests in Horses, and in 1987 he published and presented “Borrowing & Lending on Equine Assets.” Thereafter, he published in the Kentucky Law Journal “The Sale of Horses and Horse Interests: A Transactional Approach,” 78 Kentucky Law Journal 517, 1990. Bob served on the Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners for many years. He was appointed to the Board on October 1, 1986, and served until 2002. He was elected by the Board members on an unanimous vote as its secretary from 1992 until 1997 and appointed by the Supreme Court as the Chair of the Board from 1997 until his resignation in 2002. In 1994 he served as a Special Justice for the Kentucky Supreme Court on Kuprion v Fitzgerald, 888 S.W.2d 679 (Ky. 1994), the case which addressed the constitutional challenge to the Kentucky Family Courts. Bob wrote a concurring opinion. Before his death in 2002, he received the Kentucky Chief Justice’s Special Service Award. A prominent Democratic activist and social justice advocate, Bob was inducted into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame (posthumously, in 2003). Bob's accomplishments include helping to plan the historic march on Washington led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963. He drafted the charter of the Lexington/Fayette County Urban League and was its first director, and he drafted the charter of the Lexington Human Rights Commission, serving as one of its first commissioners. He was a member of the Kentucky, Fayette County, Kentucky and American Bar Association and focused his practice with Miller, Griffin & Marks, PSC in Equine Law, Real Estate Development Law and Real Estate-Commercial Law Bob’s Reported Cases: Marsh vs. Gentry, KY., 642 S.W. 2d 574 (1982). North Ridge Farms vs. Trimble, 37 U.C.C. Rep. Serv. 35 (Callahhan) 1280 (Ky. Ct. App. 1983). Trimble vs. North Ridge Farms, Ky., 700 S.W. 2d 396 (1985). Hammond vs. Baldwin, 866 F. 2d 172 (6th Cir. 1989).

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