|Christina Clair Reiss|
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Vermont|
December 21, 2010
|Preceded by||William K. Sessions III|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Vermont|
December 21, 2009
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by||John Garvan Murtha|
September 3, 1962 |
|Education||Saint Michael's College B.A.
James E. Rogers College of Law J.D.
Christina Clair Reiss (born September 3, 1962) is the Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Vermont. She is the first female judge to serve in the District of Vermont.
Early life and education
Born in Denver, Reiss moved to Essex Center, Vermont in 1967, where she attended elementary and secondary schools. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont in 1984 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1989.
From 1989 until 1990, Reiss clerked for the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, and from 1990 until 1992, Reiss practiced with the law firm of Perkins, Thompson, Hinckley & Keddy in Portland, Maine. From 1992 until 2001, Reiss practiced law with the firm of Sheehey, Brue, Gray & Furlong in Burlington, Vermont. From 2001 until 2004, Reiss was a partner with the law firm of Gravel and Shea in Burlington.
State judicial career
In August 2004, Reiss was appointed to the state bench as a district judge.
Federal judicial service
In July 2009, U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy announced that he had recommended that Reiss be nominated by President Obama on the United States District Court for the District of Vermont, to fill the seat vacated when John Garvan Murtha took senior status.
On October 9, 2009, Obama announced his intent to nominate Reiss to the district court seat. Her nomination was formally submitted to the United States Senate on October 13, 2009. The United States Senate confirmed Reiss by unanimous consent on November 21, 2009. She received her judicial commission on December 21, 2009.
- Making History: President Obama’s Female Judicial Nominees, Alliance for Justice (June 11, 2013).
- President Obama Announces His Intent to Nominate Christina Reiss to the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont, whitehouse.gov (October 9, 2009).
- Christina Reiss at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
William K. Sessions III
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Vermont
John Garvan Murtha
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Vermont