Carol Miller, ESQ.
As an attorney at Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc., Carol Miller has nineteen years of experience specifically serving community organizations engaged in revitalizing poor neighborhoods. After graduating from the University of Florida, College of Law, Carol spent four years in private practice and then joined Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. She began representing community groups producing affordable housing in 1989. In 1997, Carol began a program in which volunteer transactional attorneys represent client groups on a project by project basis. Since 1998, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid has received CDBG funds for Carol to represent neighborhood associations primarily composed of residents with low-incomes.
Besides her work at JALA, Carol was on the Affordable Housing Committee of the Real Estate Section of the Florida Bar from 2007-2008, adding to a Florida supplement to the Community Land Trust manual and writing an article on shared equity in housing for the RPPTL Action Line magazine. In 2009, Carol participated in the Florida Bar Foundation’s Leadership Initiative and assisted with the CLAE Community Lawyering training in December. Since 2010, Carol often teaches city leadership classes how to incorporate, file for tax exemption, use Robert’s Rules and follow the Florida Sunshine laws. Carol received a Public Service Award in 2016 from the City of Jacksonville’s Community Development Division.
In 2016, the Community Counsel Center at JALA received a three-year grant from the Florida Bar Foundation to fund and mentor an attorney at Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, to provide transactional legal assistance to non-profit community development corporations. Carol joined the statewide team of community economic development lawyers in 2019 to collaborate and advise one another in serving community organizations and small businesses revitalizing low income neighborhoods. Carol is also a member of the Florida Housing Coalition and the Florida Alliance of Community Development Corporations.