06.11.15

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On the Confirmation of Eric Miller to be Vermont’s United States Attorney

Last night, the Senate confirmed Eric Miller to be Vermont’s 37th United States Attorney.  I am confident that he will do an outstanding job as the top Federal law enforcement officer in the state.  Before recommending Eric to the President, I consulted prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, law enforcement officials and civic leaders throughout Vermont.  They were unanimous in their support for Eric.  I was particularly impressed with his thoughtfulness, vision, and depth of experience that he has demonstrated throughout his career.  Eric Miller 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 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 for the District of Vermont, Eric has also represented indigent defendants in serious felony cases involving narcotics, weapons, and immigration-related charges.  He 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.  He has a law degree from Yale University and an undergraduate degree from Duke University. 

I thank him for his willingness to continue to serve Vermont and I congratulate him on his confirmation.

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