Scott G. Millard is an associate attorney with Cohen Battisti, Attorneys at Law. He is originally from the Stanton, Montcalm County area, attending and graduating from Central Montcalm Highschool. Upon Graduation he attended Central Michigan University, where he attaind a bachelor's degree in Earth Science and Social Science, with a minor in Legal Studies.
Scott received a scholarship to attend the Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School Of Law in Orlando, Florida. While in law school, Scott was a member of the Student Bar Association. He also achieved Sweet 16 and Elite 8 finishes in consecutive years at the Robert F. Wagner National Moot Court Competition, held at the New York Law School in New York City, New York. The field of competitors included 46 teams from Law Schools located in states across the United States. This provided Scott with both substantial legal writing and oral advocacy practice and experience.
While in law school Scott spent a week volunteering in New Orleans, Lousiana, where he worked at the Orleans Parish Public Defender's Office. While there he did legal work on a First Degree Murder case, including writing a motion to suppress evidence and a motion for De Novo Review. Scott also did an externship, clerking for the Honorable Anthony H. Johnson, Juvenile Division Administrative Judge for the Ninth Circuit Court of Florida. While there he aided judges by providing research and writing for both Juvenile Delinquency and Child Dependancy issues.
Scott served as an intern for the Honorable Suzanne Hoseth-Kreeger, Chief Judge for the 8th Judicial Circuit Court for Montcalm and Ionia Counties. Scott's work with Judge Hoseth-Kreeger involved legal research and writing in criminal, appellate, civil, and family law issues.
Scott began his legal career with Miel & Carr, PLC located in Montcalm County, Michigan. While there Scott was able to learn from two experienced trial attorneys that specialize in criminal defense. In addition to the cases Scott handled, Scott was able to work hand in hand with his supervising attorneys on many types of cases including cases involving sex offenses, child pornography, and serious drug felonies.
Scott gained significant noteriety from a publicized instance of being held in contempt by the Honorable Kenneth Post, District Court Judge for Ottawa County, Hudsonville, when Scott refused to allow his client to make certain admissions contrary to his client's Fifth Amendment right to, among other things, remain silent. Specifically, the court demanded that the client answer questions about past drug use that certainly had the potential for being inculpatory in nature.
After three hours in jail, news stories by many West Michigan news papers, and several televised stories on Wood TV 8, the contempt ruling was overturned by the Honorable Edward Post (no relation). Since this time a Judicial Tenure Commission Complaint is currently being investigated against the Honorable Kenneth Post and Scott has been granted a standing order for the disqualification of Judge Kenneth Post until the completion of this investigation.
Scott has attended several trial skills training seminars including: The National Criminal Defense College, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Trial College, Defender Summer School, and the many Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan quarterly training seminars.
Scott recently relocated to the State of Florida and accepted a position with Cohen Battisti, Attorneys at Law in Winter Park, Florida. As an attorney with Cohen Battisti, Scott has expanded his practice to include civil litigation with insurance companies that attempt to short change homeowners that suffer sudden water losses to their property.
Scott has quickly developed a reputation for being prepared, capable, and unafraid of standing up for his client's rights. Scott would be happy to do this for you.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||2014||09/08/2015|
|MI||Active And In Good Standing||2011||11/03/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Simple Justice Lawyer With Balls Award||Simple Justice - New York Criminal Defense Blog||2012|
|Associate Attorney||Cohen Battisti, Attorneys at Law||2014 - Present|
|Associate||Miel & Carr, PLC||2011 - 2014|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan||Member||2012 - Present|
|Michigan Association for Justice||Member||2011 - Present|
|Ex Parte Temporary Custody for Father||Father was granted temporary legal custody, physical custody, and parenting time was denied pending a custody order.|
|Domestic Violence - 2nd Offense||Not Guilty|
|Possession of Weapon at School||Nolle Prosequi|
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|Wood TV 8||JTC: Judge Post Should Be Suspended||2013|
|American Bar Association Journal||Facing Ethics Case, Judge Says Sorry for Jailing Young Attorney Who Blocked Efforts to Query Client||2012|
|ABA Journal||Lawyer Jailed For Telling Client To Take The Fifth Amedment||2012|
|ABA Journal||Transcript: Told to Sit Down, Be Quiet, Lawyer Blocked Judge’s Drug Queries, Was Jailed for Contempt||2012|
|ABA Journal||ACLU Backs Young Defense Lawyer Jailed by Judge for Asserting Client’s 5th Amendment Rights||2012|
|Grand Rapids Legal News||Attorney Appeals Contempt Ruling With Help Of The Legal Community||2012|
|Grand Rapids Press||Circuit Court judge tosses out contempt of court charges against attorney||2012|
|Holland Sentinel||Kenneth Post disrespected attorney, trivialized court proceedings, commission alleges||2011|
|Holland Sentinel||Attorney Scott Millard Appeals Contempt Ruling, ACLUS, Bar Step In||2011|
|Grand Haven Tribune||Lawyer's Contempt Charge Reversed||2011|
|Holland Sentinel||ACLU, Ottawa County Bar Association protest attorney's contempt charge, jail time||2011|
|Magazine Republic||“Hanging Judge” Kenneth Post Gets Slapped Down: Claiming the Right against Self-Incrimination is Not “Contempt of Court”||2011|
|The Daily News||ACLU gets involved on behalf of Stanton attorney||2011|
|Texas Center For Legal Ethics||Attorney Courage Sometimes Comes with a Cost||2011|
|American Civil Liberties Union||Attorney Should Not Be Jailed For Asserting Client’s Rights, ACLU, Ottawa County Bar Association and CDAM Tell Court in Brief||2011|
|Daily News||Stanton attorney thrown in jail by Ottawa County judge||2011|
|Grand Rapids Free Press||'I'm not interested in what you think,' Hudsonville judge tells lawyer he later finds in contempt||2011|
|Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Spring Conference||N/A||N/A||2013|
|National Criminal Defense College - Trial Skills Seminar||N/A||N/A||2012|
|Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan - Trial College||N/A||N/A||2012|
|Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2010|
|Central Michigan University||Earth Science and Social Science||BS - Bachelor of Science||2006|
|Seminole County Law Day||Introduction of cases set for oral argument and introduction to the appellate process||2010|