Governor Douglas Appoints Reiber Chief Justice

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Governor Douglas Appoints Reiber Chief Justice

Wed, 11/10/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Governor Douglas Appoints Reiber Chief Justice
Montpelier, Vt.-Associate Supreme Court Justice Paul Reiber has been
appointed the next Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, Governor
Jim Douglas has announced.
Reiber, who believes the mark of a good jurist is to be fair-minded and
balanced, said he is looking forward to the opportunity to lead the
judiciary. "This is an exciting opportunity to help lead the judiciary
forward in the years ahead," Reiber said. "I am honored and humbled by
this extraordinary opportunity."
"I believe that Justice Reiber has the experience, the wisdom and the
personal demeanor to lead the judiciary," Douglas said. "Paul is well
respected by the bench, the bar and his community as a fair, honest,
hard-working, and thoughtful individual. He has served Vermont well as an
Associate Justice, and will serve us well as the Chief Justice."
Reiber, 57, is a resident of Chittenden, Vermont; prior to his appointment
as Associate Justice in September, 2003, served in the private practice of
law for 29 years. His practice over the years has been diverse and he has
served on the Judicial Nominating Board and the Supreme Court's
Professional Responsibility Board.
Reiber graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia in 1970 and from
Suffolk Law School in 1974.
Reiber's appointment as Chief Justice will require Douglas to appoint a
remaining vacancy on the state's Supreme Court.
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