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Legal activist Mike Millemann has spent his career striving to provide 'access to justice'

Legal activist Mike Millemann has spent his career striving to provide 'access to justice'

It hangs on the wall in Mike Millemann's office like a yellowed postcard on the family fridge: a copy of a check for $268,482 from Spiro Agnew, the infamous former governor of Maryland and vice president of the United States. Thirty-six years ago, Millemann, then an assistant attorney general, used the power of the state to sue Agnew to recover bribes he'd taken as governor. To Millemann, today a law professor and longtime public-interest attorney, it was a matter of simple justice. "It was fair," he says with a shrug. "The man was repaying what he owed." The story is but a footnote in the history of Michael A. Millemann, 71, a buttoned-down bundle of energy...

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