Friday, November 17, 2017
John R. Treadwell of Burlington was sworn in as Vermont’s newest Superior Court Judge before a standing-room-only crowd at the Washington County Courthouse on Friday, November 17. Judge Mary Morrissey provided opening remarks, commenting on the many experiences she shared with Judge Treadwell over the course of 20 years, working together first at the Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office and then at the Attorney General’s Office. She complimented Judge Treadwell on his vast legal knowledge, strong work ethic, willingness to always help others with any case, and consistent good humor.
After administering the judicial oath, Governor Scott likewise praised the numerous qualities that led to Judge Treadwell’s appointment. Judge Treadwell thanked many in the audience with whom he had worked over the years, including Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan; Executive Director of the State’s Attorneys and Sheriffs, John Campbell; numerous state’s attorneys and many of the judicial officers present including Justices Karen Carroll and Marilyn Skoglund and Judges Brian Grearson, Mary Miles Teachout, Mary Morrissey, John Pacht and Thomas Durkin. He also thanked his wife Tracy and their six children, his mother (who had traveled from New Zealand for the occasion!), his mother-in-law, sister-in-law and the many colleages and friends who were in attendance. Judge Treadwell’s first assignment will be in the Windham Civil Division in Newfane, starting in January.
Enjoy pictures from the event, below.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Chief Justice Reiber swore in 52 new admittees (admitted within the last year) before the Vermont Supreme Court, the Board of Bar Examiners and guests in the House Chamber at the Statehouse yesterday. The Chief gave an inspiring speech encouraging the new lawyers to use their gifts and talents to not only uphold the Constitution and the Rule of Law but to contribute to the public good as public citizens. He encouraged local community involvement as well as a focus on individual wellness. As a parting note, the Chief recommended that the new admittees save a bottom drawer in their desks for thank you notes from clients which will serve as future inspiration and a reminder of the reason they chose law in the first place -- to help people.
The ceremony was followed by a reception hosted by the Vermont Bar Association. The VBA executive director and staff were on hand to congratulate the new admittees and talk about Vermont practice over cookies and cider. Flyers demonstrating the benefits of VBA membership, of belonging to the Lawyer Referral Service panel, of joining low bono and pro bono panels and projects and of attending upcoming VBA CLE’s were also on hand. Other goodies included pocket constitutions, courtesy copies of the most recent Vermont Bar Journal and VBA logo trinkets such as notepads, tissues and lip balm.
As the below pictures demonstrate, a good time was had by all the attendees. Welcome to all Vermont’s new lawyers! We hope to see you soon.
|The Court enters|
|The Chief also specifically recognized the admitee-baby.|
|Members of the Supreme Court met with the admittees at the reception|