December 2017

Mark Oettinger

On December 5, Mark attended the annual meeting of the Vermont council on world affairs, of which he is a board member.

On December 10, Mark participated in an international human rights day presentation and the Fletcher free library.

Rob Backus

Rob gave back to the community this month by participating in a free legal clinic at the First Congregational Church in Burlington.

Randy Amis

As a member of the Board of Directors of the Intervale Center, Randy attended the organization’s donor recognition party on December 4, and the Intervale board meeting on meeting on December 14.

Lescha Carpenter

This month, Lescha started a sprout farm in her kitchen and passed her grad school comp exam.

November 2017

Mark Oettinger

On November 3, Mark attended a federal criminal defense seminar sponsored by the federal public defender’s office for the District of Vermont.

On November 10, Mark hosted an Open World delegation of six journalists from Yaroslavl, Russian Federation.

On November 27, Mark attended a seminar on arguing motions in Federal Court. The event featured attorneys arguing actual, recently-decided motions before panels of three judges. The event covered criminal, bankruptcy, and civil motions.

Lescha Carpenter

Throughout the month of November, Lescha assisted with three RFA hearings as part of her ongoing volunteer work with survivors of domestic assault.

October 2017

Mark Oettinger

On October 22, Mark hosted his pro bono legal clinic at the First Congregational Church. 

On October 20, Mark participated in the kick-off of a month-long exchange of South and Central American entrepreneurs who are in Vermont to engage in internships with local related businesses. This is a project of the Vermont Council on World Affairs, of which Mark is a board member.

Rob Backus

Rob has helped numerous clients successfully resolve difficult cases in criminal and family court, and he continues to actively represent clients in traffic offense cases, often resulting in dismissals.

Andy Montroll

On October 2, Andy spoke on comprehensive planning and zoning law at the National Business Institute’s Land Use Law Seminar.

Randy Amis

Randy recently returned from a two-day retreat with the Vermont Housing Finance Agency, of which he serves on the board of commissioners.

This month, Randy continued his work on the Champlain Housing Trust’s St. Joseph Schools Fundraising Committee, making donor calls and visits. The committee is chaired by former mayor of Burlington Peter Clavelle.

Early this month, Randy spent a week fly-fishing on Cape Bretton Island.

As a member of the Board of Directors of the Intervale Center, Randy spent this month aiding the nonprofit in the recruitment of new board members.


Randy on Cape Bretton Island during his fly-fishing expedition.

Randy on Cape Bretton Island during his fly-fishing expedition.

August 2017

The Firm

Montroll, Backus & Oettinger welcomed Alfred Brewer to the firm as an administrative assistant.


Mark Oettinger

On August 14, 2017, Mark delivered the opening keynote lecture for the Northern Vermont Candidate Training Course, on the subject of legal liability associated with the delivery of emergency medical care.


Alex Sturges

This month, Alex filed her first six-month report for the Vermont Law Office Study Program.

Additionally, she represented Vermont in the National Yoga Asana Championships in Grand Rapids, Michigan.