Meet the AHA Staff
Monica Miller is Senior Counsel at the American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center. She graduated from Pitzer College in 2008 and from Columbia University in 2009 with a Masters in Public Administration for Environmental Science and Policy. She graduated cum laude from Vermont Law School in 2012. Monica was a Dean’s Fellow at Vermont Law School where she taught first-year legal writing. She also created the Vermont Law School “Secular Law Students Association,” and was a semi-finalist in the 2012 Animal Law Moot Court Competition.
Since joining the AHA as an attorney in 2012, Ms. Miller has vigorously defended the separation of church and state by litigating Establishment Clause cases in federal courts across the country. In addition to litigation, Ms. Miller has successfully enjoined numerous constitutional infringements through legal demand letters sent to government entities such as schools, prisons, and city councils. Ms. Miller has written amicus briefs in support of cases of public interest, including several briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Ms. Miller has appeared on Fox News and MSNBC, as well as local television stations and radio shows, and is regularly quoted by national and local media outlets throughout the country, including Fox News, Aljazeera, USA Today, Newsweek, the Washington Post, the National Law Journal, among many others.
In pursuit of her concern for fundamental rights, Monica is also an attorney for the Nonhuman Rights Project, working to obtain common law personhood rights for nonhuman animals.
A member of the California State Bar, Ms. Miller is also admitted to practice in: District of Columbia, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, United States District Court, Central California, United States District Court, Colorado and United States District Court, Northern District of Florida.