Iowa Legal Aid Volunteer Attorney Honored

Authored By: Iowa Legal Aid LSC Funded

Attorney Tommy Miller was honored with a Governor's Volunteer Award

Every year the state of Iowa through its Commission on Volunteer Service honors outstanding volunteers and their contributions to the state.  Attorney Tommy Miller was honored with a Governor’s Volunteer Award, nominated by Iowa Legal Aid.  Since 2004, she has donated over 12,000 hours and has assisted over 2,100 clients at the Iowa Legal Aid Davenport Regional Office.

She was employed at the Iowa Legal Aid office as a staff attorney from 1980-2004, however the office was forced to reduce its paid staff due to funding reductions.  Rather than seeing another attorney be laid off, Tommy continued to work and volunteer her legal expertise on a daily basis since that time, handling primarily housing and family law cases.  Tommy donates approximately1, 200 hours of legal work a year.   

Tommy has always been a very caring and zealous advocate for her clients.  One case that is emblematic of Tommy’s career is Horizon Homes v. Nunn, in which the Iowa Supreme Court confirmed that a tenant with a Section 8 lease can only have the lease terminated for cause.

Attorney Miller went to law school when women were a small minority of law students.  After attending Law school at George Washington University and University Of New Mexico, she clerked for several years for a Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court.  She later worked for a civil rights firm in Birmingham, Alabama.  She and husband Dave returned to Iowa and raised six children.

“Iowa is simply a better place – fairer, kinder, and more hopeful – because of Tommy’s work.  Tommy’s commitment and dedication to the cause of equal access to justice is inspiring to her many clients and colleagues” commented Managing Attorney Janelle Swanberg with Iowa Legal Aid.

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