BA, Anthropology, University of Vermont, 2014
“I have hiked all 46 of the Adirondack peaks over 4,000 feet, 1/3 of which i did solo. I have had six different careers in four years, none of which related to my degree.”
I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to foster my interest in legal work in such a compassionate and intellectual environment. I take great pride and satisfaction knowing that my work here is directly improving the lives of others.
Rory grew up near the seacoast in southern New Hampshire and spent the majority of her adolescence in a horse barn. On the weekends in the winter Rory and her family would come up to Vermont to go skiing, and when it came time for college, she attended the University of Vermont and studied Cultural Anthropology and Geology with an interest in Geomorphology. During almost every summer as a child, Rory attended a wilderness/adventure camp in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, where she later worked for six summers as the Horse Riding Program Director.
Inspired to pursue a teaching career, Rory spent one year at the North Country School, an experience-based boarding school in the Adirondacks. Realizing classroom teaching wasn’t for her and following an incident relating to animal neglect, Rory became interested in how legal work can benefit the lives of others and began exploring professions within the legal industry. Since beginning her work as a legal assistant at Montroll, Backus & Oettinger, P.C., Rory has thoroughly enjoyed legal work and has become interested in pursuing the Law Office Study Program within the firm.
Outside of the office, Rory is an avid equestrian, and owns a horse named Seymour. She is also a dedicated skier and enjoys frequent adventures into the alpine backcountry for skiing and hiking. Rory is a certified Emergency Medical Technician, Wilderness First Responder, lifeguard, and Level 3 Instructor with the Certified Horsemanship Association. She is also certified in Wilderness First Aid, CPR, and Avalanche Level 1.