Supreme Court Justices Biographies
Paul L. Reiber of Chittenden, Vermont was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 20, 1947 and became a resident of Vermont in 1976. He graduated Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, Virginia (B.A., 1970); and Suffolk Law School, Boston, Massachusetts (J.D., 1974). He is married to the former Sandra Sherburne, and they have two daughters. He served in the private practice of law in Rutland and as a partner in the law firm Kenlan, Schweibert & Facey from 1986 until his appointment as an Associate Justice by Governor James Douglas in October, 2003. He was sworn in as Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court by Governor Douglas on December 17, 2004.
John A. Dooley, of South Burlington, Chittenden County, was born in Nashua, New Hampshire on April 10, 1944. He was educated in elementary schools in Nashua, New Hampshire; Nashua High School; Union College, Schenectady, New York (B.E.E., 1965); Boston College Law School (LL.B., 1968). He previously served as Secretary of Administration, State of Vermont, 1985-87; President, Vermont Bar Association. Appointed Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, June 12, 1987.
Denise R. Johnson of Washington County, was born in Wyandotte, Michigan. She was educated in elementary schools in Wyandotte; Roosevelt High School, Wyandotte, Michigan; Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan (A.B., 1969); University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D., 1974); University of Virginia School of Law (LLM, 1995). She taught at the Vermont Law School, 1978-79; served as an Assistant Attorney General, Chief, Public Protection Division, 1980-88; served as chair, Vermont Human Rights Commission, 1988-1990. Appointed Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, December 3, 1990.
Marilyn S. Skoglund of Montpelier, Washington County, was born in Chicago, Illinois and became a resident of Vermont in 1973 and has resided in her present town since 1983. She attended elementary and high school in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois (B.A., 1971). She worked in the Office of the Attorney General as: Special Assistant Attorney General (1978-1981); Assistant Attorney General (1981-1989); Chief of the Civil Law Division (1989-1993); Chief of Public Protection Division (1993-1994). She was appointed to the District Court in 1994, and was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court on August 27, 1997.
Brian L. Burgess of Montpelier, Washington County was born in Washington D.C. in January of 1951. He attended elementary and high schools in Vienna, Virginia. In 1973, he received a B.A. from the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 1976. Before his appointment to the bench as a District Court Judge in 1992, he served as Deputy Attorney General (1985-1992), Commissioner, and prior Deputy Commissioner, of the Department of Labor and Industry (1983-1985), Assistant Attorney General (1978-1983), staff attorney for Vermont’s social welfare department (1978), and associate in the offices of Timothy J. O’Connor, Jr. Esq. (1976-1977), and Donovan & O’Connor (1977-1978). He served as the Vermont Administrative Trial Judge from 2004, until appointed as Associate Justice to the Vermont Supreme Court on July 8, 2005, by Governor James H. Douglas.