Beth Robinson Nominated to U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

President Joe Biden has nominated Beth Robinson of the Vermont Supreme Court to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. If confirmed, Robinson will be the first openly LGBT+ woman to serve on any federal circuit court.

From the press release:

Justice Beth Robinson has served as an Associate Justice on the Vermont Supreme Court since 2011. Prior to her appointment, Justice Robinson served as counsel to Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin from 2010 to 2011. From 1993 to 2010, Justice Robinson was a civil litigator in private practice at Langrock Sperry & Wool where she focused on civil litigation including employment law, workers’ compensation, contract disputes, and family law.  She also represented LGBTQ+ individuals in civil and civil rights cases, including leading the freedom to marry movement in Vermont.  From 1990 to 1991, Justice Robinson was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom;in Washington, D.C., focusing on white-collar criminal defense. Justice Robinson served as a law clerk for Judge David B. Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia from 1989 to 1990.

Justice Robinson received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1989 and her B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1986.

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