Denver Post Obituary for U.S. District Judge Walker Miller '65
From the Denver Post:
Walker Miller, who sat on the U.S. District Court bench in Denver from 1996 to 2011, died suddenly of natural causes at his home in Greeley on Sunday.
"He was known as a very gentle and scholarly judge. He loved to fly-fish and he often took other judges on fly-fishing trips," Chief U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger said Tuesday.
Miller was 74.
President Bill Clinton nominated Miller on April 18, 1996, to a seat vacated by James Carrigan. The Senate confirmed him two months later and received his commission on July 25, 1996, according to the Federal Judicial Center's Biographical Directory of Federal Judges.
Miller, who attended the University of Colorado School of Law and received a masters of law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, began his career in private practice in Greeley, where he lived.
He practiced law in Greeley from 1965 to 1966 and then went to work as an assistant professor of law at the University of Kansas School of Law.
He went back to private practice in Greeley in 1969 and continued in that role until he assumed the judgeship.
Miller was a humble man, said Krieger. "He always styled himself as a country lawyer."
Senior District Judge Wiley Daniel, a friend and colleague, said Miller was a compassionate and fair person.
"I am very saddened by his sudden passing," Daniel said. "I had the utmost respect for his ability to be a fair jurist and his strong sense of justice."
In 2006, he presided over the insider trading trial of former Qwest CFO Robin Szeliga.
Miller took inactive status in 2011 saying that he wanted to spend time with his family, according to Law Week Colorado.
"I've been very fortunate to enjoy a diverse legal career, and it's been a privilege and honor to serve with my colleagues as a United States District Judge for the District of Colorado," Miller said at the time. "I wish to spend more time with my family and find out who I am beyond the law."
"He was a very strong family man," former U.S. District Court clerk James Manspeaker said.