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Kerin Stackpole '84

Kerin Stackpole '84, Alumnae/i Trustee

Kerin is the leader of the Employment + Labor Law Group at Paul Frank + Collins. She provides practical and proactive advice to senior leaders and management teams regarding a wide range of labor and employment issues, including workforce planning, hiring and on-boarding, performance management, legal and recordkeeping compliance, leave management, employee engagement, policy development and implementation, union avoidance, and discipline and discharge. Kerin firmly believes that the best defense against legal claims begins well before those claims are made – with good education for supervisors and managers, fair and consistent practices, and solid documentation.

Kerin is an experienced litigator and a skilled teacher. She has taught at the law schools of Catholic University of America and The American University, as well as at the University of Vermont and Champlain College. Kerin regularly designs and presents training programs for businesses seeking to strengthen the skills of their management team. She is a regularly featured speaker for state and local human resource associations, Lorman Educational Services and the Champlain College Management Excellence Series. She holds a certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and has been recognized by her peers for her skill in labor and employment law through inclusion in Chambers & Partners (USA) and Best Lawyers of America.

Kerin credits Wheaton with a phenomenal educational background for the law, and with amazing friendships that she has enjoyed for over 30 years.  Kerin lives in Shelburne, Vermont with her wife, Maria McGrath, and their daughter, Clare (Wheaton Class of 2028!).

Education:  Wheaton College, B.A., cum laude, in History; Washington College of Law, The American University, J.D., cum laude.  Member, Washington College Law Honor Society.  Recipient of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers' Advocacy Award for Outstanding Ability in Courtroom Advocacy.  Note and Comment Editor, The Administrative Law Journal

Bar Admissions:  Vermont; United States District Court - District of Vermont; District of Columbia (inactive); Maryland (inactive)

Professional Organizations:  Chair of Employment Law Section of the Vermont Bar Association, 2000-2004, Society for Human Resource Management, 2006-Present, Vermont Human Resources Association, 2007-Present, Vermont Bar Association, Chittenden County Bar Association

Professional Honors: Best Lawyers in America® 2011-2014; Best Lawyers in America® - Best Labor + Employment Lawyer in Burlington 2013; Chambers & Partners (USA) (for achievement in Employment Law) 2009-2011, 2013


Handling Difficult Employees, Champlain Business Journal (June 2000)

Sexual Harassment Law, Where Are We Now? Vermont Bar Journal and Law Digest (September 1998)

Back to Law School, The Washington Review, Vol. 7, No. 2 (November/December 1992)

The Department of Veterans' Affairs' Regulation on Alcoholism as Willful Misconduct: Some Sobering Thoughts, 3 Admin. L.J. (1990)

Recent Community Involvement: Trustee, Wheaton College (Norton, MA), 2010 - Present; VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties: Board of Directors, 2005-2011, Vice Chair, 2009-2011; Wake Robin Corporation: Board of Directors 2003-Present; Chair of Board of Directors, 2008-2010.

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