Leahy Makes Recommendation For Vermont’s Next U.S. Attorney

(FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015) -- U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is recommending Burlington attorney Eric Miller to President Obama to be Vermont’s next U.S. Attorney.

Miller, 45, would be the 37th United States Attorney in Vermont’s history, managing the U.S. Department of Justice’s U.S. Attorney offices in Burlington and Rutland and overseeing the work of nearly 20 attorneys who represent the United States in criminal and civil investigations and litigation in Vermont.

“I have been impressed with the thoughtfulness, vision, and depth of experience that Eric Miller has demonstrated throughout his career,” Leahy said. “Eric is one of Vermont’s leading trial attorneys.  He is well regarded by state and local law enforcement agencies and leaders in Vermont’s legal community.  Eric is eminently qualified to be the top Federal law enforcement officer in Vermont, and I am proud to recommend him to serve as Vermont's next U.S. Attorney.”

Miller has worked since 1999 in the Burlington office of the law firm Sheehey Furlong & Behm PC, serving as partner since 2002.  He has litigated a range of complex issues in Federal civil and criminal cases, including trials and appeals. As an appointee to the Criminal Justice Act panel of the United States District Court, Miller has also represented indigent defendants in serious felony cases involving narcotics, weapons, and immigration-related charges.  Miller clerked in the District of New Hampshire in 1995, and after two years working as an associate at O’Melveny & Myers from 1996 to 1998, he clerked for the Honorable Fred Parker on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Burlington.  Miller has a law degree from Yale University and an undergraduate degree from Duke University.  

If confirmed, Miller will fill the vacancy left open after the departure of Tris Coffin, Vermont’s 36th U.S. Attorney who served in that position from 2009 until last month, when he returned to private practice.

Leahy will forward Miller’s name to the White House for the President’s consideration.  As the senior senator from Vermont and the most senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee that considers nominations related to law enforcement, Leahy has the prerogative of suggesting candidates for U.S. Attorney positions and for other posts in Vermont. 

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