Barbara Miller, a former presiding judge of Alameda County Superior Court and member of the California Judicial Council, was found dead in her home Friday evening, according to the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle.
Miller had been scheduled to receive an award from a women's law group Thursday night but told organizers she was too ill to attend, the Tribune reported.
Miller began her legal career in private practice, including six years at Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges, before serving a nine-year stint as an Alameda County court commissioner. She was elected to the superior court bench in 1996, beating out veteran prosecutor Richard Iglehart for the seat, and elected PJ by her colleagues for 2004 and '05.
In the last couple of years she gained notoriety for presiding over the UC-Berkeley tree sitters case.
Cal Law will have more about Miller on Monday.
— Scott Graham