Gatto elected to Vermont Law School Board of Trustees

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Gatto elected to Vermont Law School Board of Trustees

Wed, 10/20/2010 - 9:34am -- tim

South Burlington resident, Michele S Gatto, has been elected to the Board of Trustees at Vermont Law School in South Royalton, VT.  Gatto is Executive Vice President – Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer of National Life Group in Montpelier, VT.
As a member of the Board of Trustees, Gatto will serve on the Nominating and Governance Committee as well as drawing from her diverse background helping provide guidance to Vermont Law School’s future. 
“We are thrilled that Michele Gatto, one of the most accomplished corporate lawyers in the country, will be joining the Vermont Law School Board of Trustees,” comments Geoffrey B. Shields, Vermont Law School President, Dean, and Professor of Law.  “Her human resources acumen and wonderful contacts in the business communities in Vermont and throughout the country will serve Vermont Law School well.”
Gatto has been with National Life Group since 1999 and most recently completed her term as President of the Board of Governors of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel (ALIC), the bar association in the life insurance industry.  She currently serves in multiple capacities on the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) and on three Vermont Mutual Insurance Group Boards of Directors.   Gatto also serves on the Board of Trustees at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, VT. 
Gatto is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Court- District of Vermont, the State of Vermont, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Vermont Bar Association, and serves on the Advisory Council for the Graduate School of Management at Clark University in Worcester, MA where she received her MBA.
Committed to literacy, Gatto has been active with the Hermano Pedro Project (http://www.cfcausa.org/) in Guatemala for 15 years--helping girls to attend school and graduate from high school.  She is in the planning process of taking a mission awareness trip to that country.  Gatto resides in South Burlington with her husband Gary and enjoys bike riding, travel, and is an avid book reader.
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Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, is the nation’s top-ranked environmental law school, according to U.S. News & World Report.  Founded in 1973 in a nineteenth-century school building that is now LEED certified, Vermont Law School has grown into an acclaimed institution with rigorous academics and a top-ranked environmental law program.  Vermont Law School offers a Juris Doctor (JD), a Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP), and two post-JD degrees – the Master of Laws (LLM) in Environmental Law and the LLM in American Legal Studies (for international students).  The school also features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center and the South Royalton Legal Clinic. www.vermontlaw.edu
National Life Group is a Fortune 1000 company, serving more than 850,000 customers, under the flagship, National Life Insurance Company, founded in Montpelier, VT in 1848.  National Life leads a corporate culture of environmental sustainability and the company's 50-year-old Montpelier headquarters features a LEED certified solar electricity project and is undergoing a biomass energy project projected to meet 90 percent of heating needs.  National Life Group® is a trade name representing various affiliates that offer a variety of financial service products. www.nationallife.com