Barry A. Miller is the Executive Director of the Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission. A practicing attorney for over 35 years, and a graduate of Harvard Law School, Mr. Miller brings experience in criminal law and investigations to the Commission.

Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Miller served from 2009-2013 as a University Attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at Harvard University.

From 2000-2009, Mr. Miller was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago, concentrating in cases of public corruption and fraud. He received Director’s Awards from the Department of Justice and the FBI for his work.

Mr. Miller previously served as a Trial Attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC, from 1979-82. Between 1982 and 2000, Mr. Miller was an associate and then a partner at the Chicago law firm now known as Miller Shakman & Beem LLP. Upon his graduation from law school, Mr. Miller was a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Nicholas J. Bua in Chicago.

Rob Olmstead serves as Staff Attorney to the Commission.  Before joining the Commission’s staff, Mr. Olmstead worked as an Assistant Attorney General in Illinois and as a Law Clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Harry D. Leinenweber in Chicago.  While attending law school, Mr. Olmstead designed and conducted corporate fraud and theft investigations for the Vander Weele Group in Chicago; he also participated in investigations as a legal intern at the Office of Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor, and the Office of General Counsel to the Illinois Governor.  Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Olmstead worked for 13 years as a reporter and editor at the Daily Herald newspaper, covering federal courts, Cook County government, the Illinois Gaming Board and public corruption.


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