David Carter was honored at the LCIEDC Annual Dinner on May 12th with the 2016 Community Service Award. After a long and notable career, David plans to retire in June after 38 years of practicing law here in Vermont. Community Service has been a life-long theme for him and Grand Isle County has been the beneficiary of much of his service.
He was born and raised in Buffalo New York, the 5th of 6 children. After graduating from UVM in 1972, he attended law school at Gonzaga School of Law in Spokane, Washington. (some 40 years ago). In 2011, he was the recipient of the Vermont Bar Association’s Pro Bono Attorney of the year award.
He married Barbara Burns 35 years ago and they have 2 adult daughters; Leslie, a landscape architect in Boston and Erin, an 8th generation lawyer and mother to David and Barbara’s two granddaughters.
As a boy, David was an avid Boy Scout, he taught skiing in high school and college, was a proud participant at Woodstock, and also campaigned for NY Senator Robert Kennedy’s Presidential bid.
A Rotarian since 1982, he led a Rotary Exchange team to India in 2004.
David has served as a Ski Patroller for 40 years and was an EMT for a number of rescue agencies. He has been a Board member and officer for the following organizations:
- American Diabetes Association – 6 years.
- Vermont Association for the Blind – 9 years.
- United Way of Franklin – Grand Isle County, recently reorganized and renamed the United Way of Northwest Vermont – 12 yrs.
- Champlain Islands Chamber of Commerce
- Vermont Bar Association
- Franklin – Grand Isle Bar Association
- Champlain Islands Parent Child Center – 10 years
- Chair of Grand Isle Child Protection Team for 13 years
He has a special interest in early American history, gardening, travel, hiking, skiing, and enjoying time with his family.
We thank David for a lifetime of service and wish him well as he embarks upon this next phase of his journey.