Jennifer Miller joined The Chicago Lighthouse in 2004 and is currently Senior Vice President of Development for Individual & Planned Giving. Since that time, she has worked extensively with donors who are interested in remembering The Lighthouse in their estate plan (will and/or trust). Miller also oversees estates and trusts where The Lighthouse has been named a beneficiary to ensure that the administration is carried out in a fiscally responsible manner. In addition, Miller has also worked with donors and friends of The Lighthouse who are interested in helping support The Lighthouse now.
Miller was appointed as the Vice President of Development from Director of Development for Individual and Planned Giving in 2012.
Prior to Miller joining The Chicago Lighthouse, she worked in two downtown Chicago law firms as an associate attorney. She focused in estate planning, estate administration, and tax matters. She frequently dealt with the IRS on behalf of clients. Miller helped represent one client who allegedly owed over $35 million to the IRS. Miller successfully helped settle that case for under $5 million.
Miller also was an adjunct law professor at two Chicago law schools. She taught Legal Research and Writing and an Estate Planning and Estate Administration course. Most recently, Miller was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law at Northwestern Law School, where she taught first year law students legal research and writing. In addition, while at Northwestern Law School, Miller spent a summer teaching ESL to foreign attorneys engaged in a joint M.B.A./LL.M. Program at Northwestern. Finally, Miller has over eleven year’s experience teaching writing, literature, and law to college and community college students. Miller taught at Columbia College in Chicago for over six years at night while working as an attorney during the day.
Miller has undergraduate degrees in English and Political Science from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. She graduated cum laude with Honors in English. While in college, she studied abroad in London, where she took classes at the University of London and worked for a solicitor’s office as a legal intern. Miller also has a Masters in English from the University of South Dakota. In addition, Miller has a J.D. and a Proficiency in Taxation Certificate from Washburn University School of Law. Finally, Miller has an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. While obtaining her LL.M., she worked alongside a law school professor to revise his Missouri Probate Law treatise for a new edition.
Miller has a particular sensitivity to blindness and visual impairments. In fact, her mother has been teaching children who are blind or visually impaired for over fifteen years in Connecticut.