Mr. Mills is Dean Emeritus, Professor of Law, and Director of Center for Governmental Responsibility at the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law. He served as Dean of the College from 1999-2003. Mr. Mills served in the Florida Legislature from 1978 to 1988, also serving as Speaker of the House during his last two years in office. While a member of the Legislature he sponsored the Florida Growth Management Act; the Child Abuse Prevention Act and the Constitutional Amendment guaranteeing Individual Privacy against governmental intrusion. He has been listed in Florida Trend Magazine's "Legal Elite" as one of the best lawyers in Florida chosen by members of the Bar.
As a researcher and teacher, he has been a principal investigator and directed major studies attracting over six million dollars in grants on environmental and constitutional issues. As an expert on constitutional issues, he has been quoted newspaper publications such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal and appeared on television programs like CNN's "Burden of Proof” and other media outlets like National Public Radio. He also produced and moderated an Emmy winning show on the Florida Everglades.