Tom Little was Appointed as General Counsel at United States Commission on Civil Rights

Date of management change: June 20, 2014 

What Happened?

Washington, DC-based United States Commission on Civil Rights has Appointed Tom Little as General Counsel


About the Company

The Civil Rights Act of 1957 created the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Since then, Congress has reauthorized or extended the legislation creating the Commission several times; the last reauthorization was in 1994 by the Civil Rights Commission Amendments Act of 1994. Established as an independent, bipartisan, fact-finding federal agency, our mission is to inform the development of national civil rights policy and enhance enforcement of federal civil rights laws. We pursue this mission by studying alleged deprivations of voting rights and alleged discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin, or in the administration of justice. We play a vital role in advancing civil rights through objective and comprehensive investigation, research, and analysis on issues of fundamental concern to the federal government and the public.


About the Person

Tom Little, a resident of Shelburne, joined Vermont Student. Assistance Corp in 2002 as vice president and general counsel after serving many years as outside counsel. Tom handles a wide variety of VSAC’s legal services, including contracts, regulatory compliance, bond financing, and litigation. He also has responsibility for VSAC’s college savings plan, compliance and internal audit and risk management departments and leads efforts to raise scholarship funds. Tom was an attorney with the Burlington firm Little, Cicchetti & Conard from 1980 to 2002 and remains of counsel to the firm. He was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1992 to 2002, serving on the Fish & Wildlife, Ways & Means, and Judiciary committees, as well as on the Judicial Retention and Joint Fiscal committees. He has served on the following boards: University of Vermont, Shelburne Zoning, ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Visiting Nurse Association, Converse Home, Cathedral Square Housing Corporation, Vermont Center for the Book, and Snelling Center for Government. He has been chairman of the District 4 Environmental Commission (Vermont’s Act 250 land-use permit commission for Chittenden County) since 2003. Tom is the chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont, chaired the Lawyers Caucus of the National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs, and was a member of the Commission on the Future of Vermont’s Justice System. He serves Shelburne as is Town Meeting Moderator and Justice of the Peace. Tom received a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and a law degree from Cornell University.  He is married to the former Susan Keelty and they have three adult children and one grandchild.


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