Our own Beth Robinson has been appointed to the highest court in the State of Vermont, the Vermont Supreme Court! We all know that Beth is a brilliant lawyer and will make a terrific Justice.
In appointing Beth, Governor Shumlin made a courageous decision to support an outspoken advocate for gay and lesbian civil rights, and we urge you to thank him for his inspired choice.
Please contact the Governor today!
Email Governor Peter Shumlin: GovernorVT@state.vt.us
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There are those who think this was merely a political appointment, but we know that Beth was the best choice for the job, by far. This is a big deal in the history of the civil rights movement in Vermont. We urge you to make your voices heard.
State of Vermont press release:
Robinson will replace retiring Justice Johnson on the state’s highest court
MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced the appointment of Beth Robinson to serve on the Vermont Supreme Court. An attorney with nearly two decades of experience practicing law in Vermont, Robinson is also a widely respected civil rights advocate whose work to secure marriage equality rights in Vermont earned wide national recognition. Robinson will replace Justice Denise Johnson, who is retiring.
Robinson practiced law for 18 years at Langrock Sperry & Wool in Middlebury and Burlington, with a civil practice that included workers’ compensation, family law, employment law, negligence and injury cases. She served as co-counsel in the case of Baker v. Vermont, the landmark case that led to Vermont’s passage of a first-in-the-nation civil union law, and led the successful quest for full marriage equality for same-sex couples in Vermont.
“I am proud to appoint Beth Robinson to the Supreme Court,” the Governor said. “Beth’s strong legal background, experience with crafting legislation at the State House and commitment to the equal rights of all Vermonters will make her an exceptional justice on the Vermont Supreme Court. While I am thrilled to see Beth go to the Court and believe her to be the best qualified of an extraordinary pool of candidates, I am also sad to lose Beth as my legal counsel. In addition to depending on Beth's sound legal advice, it is a pleasure to work with her every day."
Robinson added, “I’m humbled by the confidence that Governor Shumlin has placed in me, and deeply grateful both for the opportunity I’ve had to serve his administration these past 10 months, and for the chance to serve Vermont’s judiciary in the years to come.”
Robinson graduated from Dartmouth College in 1986 and the University of Chicago Law School in 1989.