Shannon Miller: Spirit of Gainesville nominee
Published: Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 6:09 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 6:09 p.m.
Shannon Miller is a great protector and advocate for the elderly and disabled in our community. She serves as the guardian for many developmentally disabled adults who don't have family to direct care or services for them. Often the Court will look to her to take on guardianships in very difficult situations. Shannon has been a strong voice for seniors in advocating for Medicaid services for those who have no voice on the state and federal level. She has recently undertaken a project to help coordinate probono legal services across the state for seniors who need legal help but cannot afford it. She has recently served as the chair of a committee advocating the needs of exploited seniors on the local level working together with local law enforcement and the state attorney's office to help focus and coordinate efforts to stop financial abuse and exploitation of our seniors. Shannon is also a frequent speaker and educator for senior and disabled individuals on issues affecting those with disabilities and infirmities and their families.
Category: Community Service
About Shannon Miller
Years in Gainesville: 18
Spouse: Domestic Partner - Max Polyak
Children: Alex Smock, Jessica Smock, Max Polyak IV
Florida Bar Certified in Elder Law, 2011; Frequent Speaker, Alzheimers Association, National Assoc. of Mental Illness; National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys, Prime Time Live; Attorney member, Long-Term Care Managed Care Technical Advisory Workgroup, 2012; Florida Joint Public Policy Task Force for the Elderly and Disabled: Board Member, 2012, Probono Legal Services Coordinator,
2012; Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys, Board of Directors, Member At Large 2008-2011, Treasurer 2011 – 2013;
American Inns of Court, Florida Council, Board Member, 2012;
Jimmy C. Adkins Inn of Court, President, 2009-2010
Gerald T. Bennett Cooperative Learning Inn of Court, founding member; Gateway Bank, Executive Board 2009, Outstanding Director 2010; Bench Bar Committee of the Eighth Judicial Circuit, 2007-2009; Ad hoc Eighth Judicial Circuit Elder Abuse and Exploitation Committee; Maryland Governor's Lead Poisoning Commission Liason, 1993 – 1994
AWARDS: Florida Supreme Court Tobias Simon Probono Service Award, Eighth Judicial Circuit, 2009; Eighth Judicial Circuit Probono Award, 1999, 2009
Early Volunteer Days:
Community Crisis Hotline Volunteer, 12/1989-5/1991;
So Others Might Eat, Homeless Shelter Volunteer, 5/1988-9/1988; Handicapped Swimming Instructor, 12/1985-5/1987
Submitted by Max Polyak