Thursday February 15, 2018
Governor Phil Scott announced February 8 the appointment of four Vermonters to the state’s judiciary, filling existing vacancies. Megan J. Shafritz of South Burlington was appointed as a judge to the Vermont Superior Court, which is the state’s trial court consisting of civil, criminal, environmental, family and probate divisions.
“For more than eight years, I have served the State of Vermont as an Assistant Attorney General, committed to upholding my oath to ‘do equal right and justice’ to all persons under the law. I am so excited and deeply honored to have the privilege and opportunity to continue my career in public service as a member of the Vermont Superior Court. I’m grateful to Governor Phil Scott for his confidence and trust in appointing me to this position,” said Shafritz.
Shafritz has served as an assistant attorney general since 2009, where she was chief of the Civil Division and supervised nine attorneys and four legal staff members. Prior to that role, she was an associate and then partner with the Burlington law firm Gravel and Shea for seven years, practicing in the areas of commercial litigation, general business disputes, and personal injury cases. From 1995 to 2000, Shafritz was a litigation associate with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. Shafritz’s pro bono and community service work has included serving as acting judge for Chittenden and Washington County small claims court, pro bono representation of vulnerable individuals, and leading a branch of the New York Incarcerated Mothers Law Project. She received her B.A. from Williams College and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of the Law Review. Following graduation from law school, Shafritz clerked for the Honorable Roderick R. McKelvie of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.
Along with Shafritz, David A. Barra and Scot L. Kline, both from Essex, were appointed to the Vermont Superior Court. The judiciary will make the specific court assignments once these appointees are sworn in. The Governor also announced the appointment of Alicia Sacerio Humbert from Northfield as Family Division magistrate, assigned primarily to Caledonia, Essex, Orleans and Washington counties.
“I’m proud to appoint these impressive individuals to serve Vermonters in our judicial system,” said Governor Scott. “They have each demonstrated integrity and fairness throughout their careers and bring valuable experience, judgement and leadership to our judiciary.”