Jessica Miles   

Professor Jessica Miles

Associate Professor of Law

  • Degrees:

  • J.D., New York University School of Law |
  • B.A., Duke University
  • Contact:

  • [email protected]
  • Tel:  973-642-8700
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Courses:

  • Torts, Family Law Clinic, Evidence, Adoption Law, Domestic Violence Law, Persuasion and Advocacy, Family Law, Marriage and Divorce.

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)


The Impact of COVID-19 Intensifies the Shadow Pandemic of Domestic Violence in New Jersey, PARTNERS FOR WOMEN AND JUSTICE AND SETON HALL LAW CENTER FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE (December 2020) (Co-Author)


Full list of presentations available in Curriculum Vitae

Family Law for the Long Haul – Creating a Path Forward from COVID, Family and Juvenile Law Section, Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting (January 2022) (Program Panelist)

Domestic Violence: Balancing Victim Safety and Defendant Due Process, New Jersey Judicial College (November 2021) (Presenter)

New Jersey Trial Advocacy Seminar, New Jersey Office of the Public Defender (April 2019) (Faculty)

What Every Lawyer Should Know About the Sexual Assault Survivor Protection Act, New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting and Convention (May 2018) (Program Panelist)

Domestic Violence v. Situational Couple Violence, New Jersey Judicial Education’s Family Division and Domestic Violence Conference (April 2018) (Presenter)

Forum on Bail Reform, WBGO Newark Today (February 2018) (Panelist)

Current Trends in Domestic Violence Law, New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Women in the Courts (February 2017) (Presenter)

New Jersey Bridge-The-Gap Program, Family Law,, New York City Bar Center For Continuing Legal Education (November 2016) (Faculty)

Sexual Assault Survivor Act and Prevention of Domestic Violence Act Updates, Justice Virginia Law Family Law Inns of Court (October 2016) (Presenter)

Interstate Flight: Jurisdictional Issues in Protection Order Cases, Yale Law School Temporary Restraining Order Project (December 2015) (Presenter)

Shake it Off: True Threat Jurisprudence & Domestic Violence, New Mexico Judicial Education Center, Judicial Conclave (June 2015) (Presenter)

Family Law Review Program, Seton Hall University School of Law Continuing Legal Education (January 2014) (Faculty)

Trial Advocacy Training for the Child Welfare Attorney, New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, Office of Parental Representation & Office of Law Guardian (July 2013) (Faculty)

Skills Based Evidence Workshop, Office of Law Guardian (April 2012) (Faculty)

Family Law and Domestic Violence Issues, National Association of Women Judges Annual Conference (October 2011) (Panelist)

New Jersey Deposition Program, National Institute For Trial Advocacy (February 2011) (Faculty)

Fundamentals of Cross Examination and Impeachment of a Witness, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (January 2011) (Faculty)