Biography

Makenna Miller is a pre-bar associate in the Newport Beach office of Newmeyer Dillion, where she practices in the firm’s litigation department.

Makenna brings to the litigation team a strong skillset in legal research, analysis, writing, and oral advocacy pulling from private practice, clinical exposure, and local government experience. During law school, Makenna participated in UCI Law’s Appellate Litigation Clinic, where she successfully researched, briefed, and argued an appeal on behalf of an indigent prisoner in the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. Through this exposure, she honed skills in making creative arguments in order to protect the client’s interest and gained experience responding to the high-pressure peppering of questions from a three judge panel.

Makenna also served as a Research Assistant for Professor Richard Hasen in which she assisted in the revision of the casebook Modern American Remedies. There, she gained experience in researching with a keen attention to detail ensuring all case law was current and including in the revision of the casebook recent, interesting, and relevant developments in the field.

In addition to re-joining the firm from her previous Summer Associate position, Makenna served as a clerk for the California Attorney General’s Office. Focusing on civil rights issues, she drafted various motions including motions to dismiss, motions to revoke, and summary judgment motions. She also supported trial preparation by reviewing discovery documents and crafting cross-examination questions for witnesses.

Services

Professional Affiliations

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Orange County Chapter

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • Pro Bono Volunteer, Public Law Center of Orange County
  • Pro Bono Volunteer, Legal Aid Society of Orange County

Education

  • University of California, Irvine School of Law  (J.D., 2019)
    • Staff Editor, UC Irvine International Law Journal
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo  (B.A., cum laude, 2016)
    • President's List, 2016
    • Dean's List, 2013-2016