President Accepts Leahy Recommendation And Announces Nomination Of Burlington Attorney Eric Miller To Be Vermont’s Next U.S. Attorney

(THURSDAY, May 21, 2015) – U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Thursday said that President Obama will nominate Burlington attorney Eric Miller to be Vermont’s next United States Attorney.

Leahy recommended Miller in February to serve as Vermont’s 37th United States Attorney, 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 Eric’s thoughtfulness, vision and depth of experience. I consulted prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, law enforcement officials and civic leaders throughout Vermont.  They were unanimous in their support for Eric, and I was proud to recommend him to the President.  I am confident that he will make an excellent United States Attorney for Vermont. I appreciate the White House’s prompt action toward filling this important vacancy and will work hard to ensure a prompt confirmation process,” Leahy said.

Miller has worked since 1999 in the Burlington office of the law firm of 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 for the Honorable Fred Parker on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Burlington and is a graduate of Yale Law School and Duke University. 

When confirmed, Miller will fill the vacancy left open after the departure of Tris Coffin, Vermont’s 36th U.S. Attorney. Coffin served in the position from 2009 until early 2015, when he returned to private practice.

Leahy, a former prosecutor himself, recommended Miller for the post.  As the senior senator from Vermont, Leahy has the prerogative of suggesting candidates for U.S. Attorney positions and other federal posts.  Leahy also serves as the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will handle the confirmation process for Miller’s nomination in the U.S. Senate.

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May 21, 2015

President Obama Nominates Eric Steven Miller to Serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont


WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, President Obama nominated Eric Steven Miller to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont.

“Eric Steven Miller’s legal career has been distinguished and impressive,” said President Obama.  “I am confident that, as a U.S. Attorney, he will be relentless in his pursuit of justice and serve the people of Vermont with distinction.”

Eric Steven Miller: Nominee for United States Attorney for the District of Vermont

Eric Steven Miller has served as a partner at Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C., since 2002 and was the managing partner from 2007 to 2011. He joined the firm in 1999. Miller previously served as a law clerk for Judge Fred I. Parker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998 to 1999 and as a litigation associate with O’Melveny & Myers LLP from 1996 to 1998. He began his career as a law clerk for Judge Steven McAuliffe of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire from 1995 to 1996. Miller received his J.D. in 1995 from Yale Law School and his B.A. in 1992 from Duke University.

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