Justice Waples of Hinesburg in Chittenden County is the daughter of Chinese immigrants. Born in Toronto, Canada, her parents eventually settled outside of New York City. Justice Waples became an U.S. citizen in 1977 and a resident of Vermont in 1993. She graduated from the College of William and Mary in Virginia (BA, 1982) and St. John’s University School of Law in New York City (JD, 1987). She was an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in New York City where she split her tenure between the appeals bureau and the trial division. She served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont and was assigned to the Rutland Office prosecuting general crimes in the southern part of the state. Prior to her appointment to the Superior Court in January 2015, she was a partner in a Burlington based law firm. Justice Waples is married to Gregory Waples, Chief of Appeals, in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont. They have two sons, three cats and four dogs.
On April 15, 2022, she was sworn in as the 137th Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court by Governor Phil Scott.
- The College of William and Mary (BA. 1982)
- St. John’s University School of Law (JD, 1987)