Torts I, Family Law Clinic, Adoption Law, Domestic Violence Law, Persuasion and Advocacy, Family Law, Marriage and Divorce
Professor Jessica Miles is an Associate Clinical Professor of Law with the Center for Social Justice where she co-teaches the Family Law Clinic. Her teaching and research interests include domestic violence, family law and trial advocacy. She was voted Professor of the Year by the student body in 2017.
Professor Miles has extensive practice experience in representing indigent clients in cases involving protection orders, divorce, custody, visitation, child support, alimony, equitable distribution, termination of parental rights and adoption. Prior to joining the Seton Hall Law faculty in 2009, Professor Miles represented victims of sexual assault and stalking in protection order, child support and custody matters with the Crime Victims Law Project in Pennsylvania.
She has also litigated in the family and juvenile courts of Maryland, Massachusetts and Florida. As Director of Legal Services with the Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center in Maryland, Professor Miles supervised attorneys, advocates and students providing representation to victims of domestic violence in divorce and protection order cases.
In Massachusetts, as an attorney with the Committee for Public Counsel Services, Professor Miles litigated on behalf of parents and children in abuse and neglect, termination of parental rights and adoption cases. In this capacity, Professor Miles filed and argued an interlocutory appeal before a single Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court on the issue of a father’s right to a temporary custody hearing. She then submitted an amicus brief on the same issue, heard by full Court, which found in favor of the child and father’s position. In Florida, Professor Miles worked as a staff attorney in the Family Law Unit of Gulfcoast Legal Services. She has also lectured at continuing legal education courses in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and New Mexico on family law issues.
Professor Miles is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Florida. She received her B.A., cum laude, in political science and history from Duke University where she was a member of the National Political Science Honor Society. She earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law where she served as a Staff Editor for the Review of Law and Social Change.