The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has re-appointed Ellen Mercer Fallon of Hinesburg, a partner at the law firm Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP, to the Vermont State Advisory Committee.
Charged with evaluating and reporting on civil rights concerns, state advisory committee members conduct reviews and produce reports and recommendations concerning local civil rights issues, including justice, voting, discrimination, housing and education. Chaired by Diane Snelling of Hinesburg, past Vermont State Advisory Committee work addressed racial harassment in public school, racial profiling, and disparities in the justice system.
Ellen Mercer Fallon began her practice with Langrock Sperry & Wool in 1977 as its first female lawyer and became its first female partner in 1980. In 1985, she was tapped by Governor Madeleine M. Kunin to serve as the first female Counsel to the Governor. Since returning to the firm in 1987, her practice has spanned transactional and litigation matters in a broad range of subject areas, including business litigation, business planning and transactions, education, and employment for businesses and individuals. Ellen’s re-appointment to the Vermont State Advisory Committee underscores her keen interest in civil rights issues, and she is looking forward to serving her second two-year term.