Christina Reiss

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Christina Clair Reiss
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Vermont
Assumed office
December 21, 2010
Preceded by William K. Sessions III
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Vermont
Assumed office
December 21, 2009
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by John Garvan Murtha
Personal details
Born (1962-09-03) September 3, 1962 (age 54)
Denver, Colorado
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.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

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.[2]

Professional career[edit]

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.[2] From 1992 until 2001, Reiss practiced law with the firm of Sheehey, Brue, Gray & Furlong in Burlington, Vermont.[2] From 2001 until 2004, Reiss was a partner with the law firm of Gravel and Shea in Burlington.[2]

State judicial career[edit]

In August 2004, Reiss was appointed to the state bench as a district judge.[2]

Federal judicial service[edit]

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.[3]

On October 9, 2009, Obama announced his intent to nominate Reiss to the district court seat.[4] 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.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
William K. Sessions III
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Vermont
2010–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
John Garvan Murtha
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Vermont
2009–present