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86 Wash. L. Rev. 702 (2011)
Following in Paul Miller's (Very Large) Footsteps

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Following in Paul Miller's (Very Large) Footsteps
Chai R. Feldblum*
Paul Miller was incredibly proud of the work he did as a
Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
(EEOC). I thought I understood why that was so during the years that I
knew him-both while he was a Commissioner and then later as a fellow
But I understand Paul's pride a great deal more now.
My understanding is bittersweet. It makes me miss Paul terribly. I
want to congratulate him on the groundbreaking work he performed at
this agency during his tenure-but then I want to pick his fertile,
creative brain on how to further the work that he started.
Much of Paul Miller's work while he was an EEOC Commissioner
was very public. He was a leader on disability rights and on ensuring
that the EEOC was effectively and forcefully implementing the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. He was on the road
constantly, educating people about disability rights. We would often be
fellow panelists and I would enjoy his sly wit and self-deprecating
humor, always deployed to get his message across with the greatest
Paul was particularly important as a leader in the newly emerging
field of genetic discrimination. His early writings in the field, as well as
the leadership he took within the Commission on the issue, laid the
groundwork for what would ultimately become the Genetic Non-
Discrimination Act of 2008.
I also knew Paul's love for the intricacies of law and politics. It was a
passion we shared and took delight in. After Paul left the Commission
and joined the legal academy, we would look for each other each year at
the annual meeting of law professors. We would find a place to stand
within the milling crowd and regale each other with stories of politics
and law-loving the absurdities that drove other people mad.
When Paul signed up to work in the presidential appointments office
under President Obama, I became a direct beneficiary of the care and
attention that Paul lavished on every political appointment he was
involved with. Paul was an amazing asset to the public interest in that
job. There were literally hundreds of people whom Paul helped or
* Commissioner, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Professor of Law, Georgetown
University Law Center (on leave).

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