James Spink Attends National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals Training

Attorney Spink attended a 3-day National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals advanced mediation training retreat in Boston, MA on August 21-24.  Membership in the Academy is by invitation only and limited to professional mediators and arbitrators who are well established as trusted neutrals amongst the legal community within their state of practice. Speakers at the retreat included Lee Jay Berman (American Institute of Mediation), Prof. Guhan Subramanian (Harvard Law, Program on Negotiation), Andy Little (author of “Making Money Talk”), Lela Porter Love (co-editor of “Stories Mediators Tell”) Don Philbin (TX) and John Salmon (FL).

Ian Carleton achieves ground-breaking ruling

Congratulations to Attorney Carleton for his dedication and persistence in the matter of State v. John Grega.  On August 21, 2013, a judge overturned the 1995 murder conviction and life-without-parole sentence for John Grega based on exculpatory DNA evidence.  John Grega was convicted of raping and murdering his wife while on vacation in Vermont.  John Grega spent 18 years of his life in prison before being released.  Dan Richardson, a private practice attorney who writes a Vermont Supreme Court law blog states “Grega’s case represents the first time a prisoner was released due to a post-conviction DNA test.”

Carie Tarte secures bid to host 2016 NFPA Convention in Burlington

Carie Tarte, a paralegal at the firm and President of the Vermont Paralegal Organization, secured the bid to host the 2016 National Federation of Paralegal Association’s Convention in Burlington.  The conference was held last year in Anchorage, Alaska and attended by Kristin Mattes.  Kristin Mattes is a paralegal at the firm and won the 2012 Individual Pro Bono award for exhibiting outstanding dedication and service in the area of Pro Bono Service to the public.  The keynote speaker for last year’s event was the Honorable Morgan Christen of the United States Court of Appeals.

Eric Miller, Jeffrey Behm and Jim Spink selected as key individuals in their field

Eric Miller, Jeffrey Behm, and Jim Spink were selected in 2013 as key individuals in their field by Chambers USA. Chambers stated that “The team is especially accomplished due to its mixture of established, seasoned practitioners and more recent talent. Peers readily refer to this team in case of conflicts, because of confidence in the breadth of its skill set.”  Further, Eric Miller was described as “extraordinarily well prepared and confident in Court.” Jim Spink “brings valuable arbitration and mediation experience to the group” and Jeffrey Behm is “insistent on behalf of his clients during tough proceedings and tough to beat.”

Jeffrey Behm becomes a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers

Attorney Jeffrey Behm became a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers at the group’s most recent annual meeting in New York City on October 20.  The induction ceremony took place at the Waldorf-Astoria before an audience of nearly 1,100.  The College limits membership to no more than 1% of the total lawyer population of any state.  Lawyers must also have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they can be considered for fellowship. Attorney Jim Spink was also elected in 2004.