Supreme Court Marks Passing of Michael Millman
Executive Director of California Appellate Project
Pillar of the Capital Defense Bar
SAN FRANCISCO—The Supreme Court of California marks with sadness
the passing of Michael Millman, long-time Executive Director of the California
Appellate Project (CAP). Mr. Millman succumbed to pancreatic cancer on
Saturday, May 31.
"Michael Millman was a pillar of the capital defense bar, a hero to
many, and a true gentleman. He had a close, direct relationship with the
California Supreme Court for more than 25 years in his roles as the Executive
Director of CAP and with the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice,
including a stint as President of its Board of Governors. He will be sorely
missed, and we are deeply saddened by this great loss," said Chief
Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye.
Mr. Millman served as Executive Director of CAP for 30 years. Established
by the State Bar of California in 1983, CAP is a non-profit corporation
formed to implement the constitutional right to counsel for indigent persons
facing execution. CAP, which serves the largest population of condemned
individuals in the country, is funded primarily through a contract with
the Judicial Council of California. Mr. Millman served as Executive Director
of CAP for 30 years. In that capacity, he oversaw the efforts to assist
private lawyers representing the more than 700 people on California's
death row. Also active in the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice,
Mr. Millman served as President of its Board of Governors in 1984. He
also served on a Supreme Court committee formed to improve the timely
handling of capital case appeals and habeas corpus petitions.
"Michael was a profoundly kind and big-hearted man who dedicated his
whole life to advancing social justice and, especially, to 'being
the change we wish to see in the world' by daily acts of compassion
and generosity," said Lance Lindsey, CAP's administrative director.
A tireless advocate for alternatives to the death penalty, Mr. Millman
served as President of the Board of the national Death Penalty Information
Center and was a founding member of Death Penalty Focus, a broad-based
coalition advocating for death penalty alternatives. In April, Death Penalty
Focus awarded Mr. Millman a Lifetime Achievement Award for his "unwavering
commitment to providing high-quality representation to indigent people
on death row."
Mr. Millman is survived by his wife, Cynthia Taylor Millman, and children,
Laura, David, and Matthew. A private family memorial service is being
planned. Condolences to the family can be sent to the California Appellate
Project, 101 Second Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, California 94105, or via