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Shipman & Goodwin Adds Three Attorneys to its Labor and Employment Law Department

New Hires will Focus on Education Law

June 1, 2006

Shipman & Goodwin has added three education attorneys to its Labor and Employment Law Department. Among the most well-regarded in the state, Shipman & Goodwin's education law practice currently represents more than seventy of Connecticut's school districts.

Joining Shipman & Goodwin's Hartford office are: Gary R. Brochu, who joins the firm as a partner; and Rae Vann and Erin O'Brien Duques, who join the firm as associates.

"Our new attorneys have hands-on experience in dealing with education matters, as well as outstanding academic credentials," said Richard A. Mills Jr., chair of the Labor and Employment Law Department. "We have invested decades in building a top-quality education law practice and we are confident Gary, Rae and Erin will help us continue our growth into the future."

Brochu currently serves as President of the Berlin Board of Education and as Vice President of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education.

Brochu worked previously at The Hartford, where he served as a litigation consultant. He graduated with honors from the University Of Connecticut School of Law and holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut. He also earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Connecticut, where he was an Honors Scholar and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Brochu is a resident of Berlin.

Vann served as in-house counsel to the New Haven Board of Education, where she worked on a wide range of school law issues. Prior to joining Shipman & Goodwin, she worked at the CHUBB Group of Insurance Companies as an Employment Practices Liability claims examiner.

Vann graduated from the University of Connecticut School Of Law and earned the George and Lorraine Schatzki Award for Outstanding Service. She holds a B.S. in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University, where she was a National Merit Scholar.

She is a resident of New Haven.

Duques joins Shipman & Goodwin after practicing labor, employment and education law with a Fairfield County law firm.

She graduated form Quinnipiac School of Law, magna cum laude, where she was a published member of the Probate Law Journal and a member the Mock Trial Honor Society, a Dean's Scholar and recipient of the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award and Award for Academic Excellence.

She holds a B.A. in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from the University Of Massachusetts, School Of Management.

Duques received her certification in mediation from the Labor Education Center of the University of Connecticut and the Quinnipiac Center of Dispute Resolution.

She is a resident of Madison.

Shipman & Goodwin's Education Practice Group represents over seventy local and regional school districts throughout Connecticut in all areas of school law, including labor and employment matters, special education, student discipline, First Amendment issues, residency, transportation, freedom of information, budgetary matters and school construction issues. The group also represents numerous independent schools, colleges and universities statewide. The Education Practice Group regularly draws upon the expertise of attorneys in other departments, including the Business Department, the Litigation Department, and the Tax Department, to provide clients with expert help in areas ranging from school construction to the creation of educational foundations.

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