Meet Clay

I grew up in tiny New Lisbon, Henry County, Indiana – a community where it is not an exaggeration to say every resident literally knows every other resident. I spent my formative years engaged with my close-knit family, church, community, and school. This upbringing held me especially accountable for my own conduct because it was virtually impossible for me to do anything anonymously. Thankfully, my rural Indiana roots demanded I treat everyone with respect, honesty, and integrity. The Golden Rule, fairness, and hard work are among the ethics deeply engrained within me.

These characteristics are entirely consistent with the administration of justice. A judge must be no respecter of persons. True justice mandates all persons be treated equally under the rule of law. For many years I have included the following phrase after my email signature line: “Act Justly. Love Mercy. Walk Humbly”, an ethic I strive for every day in my practice of the law. This ethic will serve me well as a judge.

My clients have run the gamut from among the wealthiest and best-connected citizens to the very poorest of the poor. All my clients share these common denominators: they wish to have their “day in court”; to walk out of court knowing they had an opportunity to present their cases; and that their voices were heard. As a practitioner who has spent my entire career representing clients in courtrooms, I understand just how significantly the justice system affects all aspects of our community.

 

I have the skills, experience, knowledge, and temperament to achieve the high ideals set forth in Article I, Section 12 of the Indiana Constitution: “All courts shall be open; and every person, for injury done to him in his person, property, or reputation, shall have remedy by due course of law. Justice shall be administered freely, and without purchase; completely, and without denial; speedily, and without delay.”

My Family

My wife, Malia, and I have been married for 16 years. She is a middle school teacher at Richmond Community Schools. We have two great kids, Luke and Lilly, who attend RCS.

Our family stays busy in our community, with our church, and the in kids’ extracurricular activities in sports and arts. We spend as much time as possible with friends and our extended families. We love to travel, especially to Florida.

J. Clayton Miller

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