Attorney Robert Irving Miller Awarded Gartland Award for Community Service
The Dutchess County Bar Association awarded the Gartland Award for Community Service to Robert Irving Miller, Esq., during its annual Law Day Luncheon on May 19, 2022. The Locust Grove historic site, in the town of Poughkeepsie, was the setting for the luncheon and awards ceremony. The keynote address was delivered by the Honorable Anne E. Minihan, Administrative Judge, 9th Judicial District.
Mr. Miller’s extensive experience in the fields of health care, business and law has made him a valuable asset to the many organizations at which he has volunteered over the years. Mr. Miller holds the distinction of being a nurse-attorney, as he is both a registered nurse and a practicing attorney. He is the managing attorney at Sholes & Miller, PLLC, based in Fishkill.
The award is named in honor of the late John “Jack” Gartland, Jr., who was a founding trustee of the James J. McCann Charitable Trust and the McCann Foundation. Mr. Gartland’s commitment to the community left a legacy that continues to provide opportunities for Dutchess County residents. The Dutchess County Bar Association presents the Gartland Award annually to a member whose dedication to making their community a better place exemplifies the legacy of Mr. Gartland. The Dutchess County Bar Association is a professional nonprofit legal organization, serving both attorneys and the community at large since 1919.
Mr. Miller currently contributes his time and resources to the betterment of the Community at Brookmeade, a non-profit senior living retirement community located on 75 country acres in Rhinebeck, NY. He has served for seven years on their board of trustees. For the past three years he has also served as treasurer. Because of his work at Brookmeade, Mr. Miller was awarded the 2021 New York Trustee of the Year Award from LeadingAge NY, an association of more than 600 not-for-profit organizations serving New Yorkers.
Robert also serves as trustee and treasurer of the East Fishkill Community Library District. This active public library offers a multitude of services to the people it serves. They even have a Free Little Food Pantry where community members can donate or receive non-perishable food and other essential items.
During 2020, in reaction to the COVID pandemic, Mr. Miller recognized the need and donated funds from Sholes & Miller to Dutchess Outreach, to help meet basic needs for people requiring food during the economic shutdown.
Robert’s past volunteer positions include:
Vice President and Member, Dutchess County Board of Health
President, Abilities First (then Rehab Programs, Inc.) Board of Directors
Institutional Review Board Member, Vassar College
Service on ethics committees for several hospitals and nursing homes
Board Member, Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce
Board Member, Rebuilding Together Dutchess County
Board Member, Catskill-Hudson Area Health Education Center
Member, East Fishkill Rotary Club
Walden Volunteer Ambulance Corps
From building homes – to feeding people – to serving as president for a non-profit that benefits people with developmental disabilities, Mr. Miller has always demonstrated his empathy for others through his community service.
Sholes & Miller, PLLC is celebrating 22 years in the Hudson Valley during 2022. The law firm serves the New York metro area, the Hudson Valley, and the capital region. With a strong reputation for representing the vast legal needs of medical professionals and facilities, practice areas also include comprehensive legal representation of individuals, families, companies, and other lawyers. The firm’s services include litigation, including malpractice defense; personal injury; professional discipline/medical license defense; business law including labor, employment, construction and prevailing wage law; appellate litigation; general and product liability; civil rights; hospital and nursing home law; guardianships and mental health; Title IX/sexual harassment; and wills, trusts and estates. To learn more about the diverse legal services offered by Sholes and Miller, PLLC Attorneys and Counselors at Law, visit www.SholesMiller.com.