Professor Jessica Miles is an Associate Professor of Law with the Center for Social Justice where she co-teaches the Family Law Clinic. Her legal practice, teaching and research interests include domestic violence and family law.
She was voted Professor of the Year by the law school student body in 2017 and 2022. In addition, she was selected as University Teacher of the Year in 2020.
Professor Miles has extensive experience in representing indigent clients in a range of family law cases in the courts of New Jersey, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Through the Family Law Clinic, she supervises student attorneys representing domestic violence survivors in cases involving restraining orders, divorce, international custody disputes and private adoptions.
Prior to joining the Seton Hall Law faculty, Professor Miles represented of survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in protection order and family law matters at the Crime Victims Law Project in Pennsylvania as well as with nonprofit organizations in Maryland and Florida. In addition, as an attorney with the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Massachusetts, 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, joined by the child’s attorney, seeking placement of her client’s child with paternal relatives. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard further appeal by the child in the case and granted leave for Professor Miles to submit an amicus brief on behalf of the father and in support of the child’s position. The Court found in favor of the child and father’s position in an opinion which established a child’s independent right to a temporary custody hearing following emergency removal by the state.
Professor Miles has also taught continuing legal education courses for attorneys as well as judges in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and New Mexico. 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.
Straight Outta SCOTUS: Domestic Violence, True Threats, and Free Speech, 74 U. Miami L. Rev. 711 (2020)
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together: Domestic Violence Victims, Defendants and Due Process, 35 Cardozo L. Rev. 141 (2013)