Governor Phil Scott has selected Karen Russell Carroll of Vernon, Vt. to serve on the Vermont Supreme Court. Carroll will be appointed on April 1 to replace retiring Justice John Dooley. Carroll must be confirmed by the Vermont State Senate.
Judge Carroll was appointed a Superior Court Judge in December 2000 and has since presided in the Family, Criminal and Civil Divisions of the Superior Courts in Windham, Windsor and Bennington Counties. Prior to that, she worked for six years with the Vermont Attorney General's Office as the prosecutor for the Southern Vermont Drug Task Force. During this time, she was also cross-designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Vermont and prosecuted serious drug cases in the U.S. District Court.
From 1988 to 1994, Judge Carroll was a Deputy State's Attorney in Windham County, prosecuting serious felony cases and assigned as Chief Deputy State’s Attorney for most of that time. She is a former chair of the State Board of Continuing Legal Education and current chair of the Vermont Judiciary Criminal Division Oversight Committee.
A native Vermonter, Judge Carroll graduated from Proctor High School and from Salve Regina College in Newport, R.I. with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences Degree in Criminal Justice and English and French Literature. She earned her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Vermont Law School in 1988.
Judge Carroll was selected by Governor Scott from a pool of eight strong and talented candidates, each nominated by Vermont’s Judicial Nominating Board.