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Williston resident among new judges

Michael Harris
Michael Harris

Observer staff report

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced four judicial appointments on Monday, including a Williston resident.

Attorney Michael Harris will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Amy Davenport.

Harris is a partner at the Burlington law firm of Collins, McMahon & Harris, which focuses on civil litigation. Harris has been in private practice in Burlington since 1987, and previously worked at Paul Frank & Collins. Harris is a member and past president of the Vermont Association for Justice and a member of the Vermont Employment Lawyers Association. He is a longtime member of the Williston Conservation Commission.

“Michael is well-regarded for the selfless commitment he brings to all of his work, from his legal clients and associations, to his volunteer work in his community and in our court system,” Gov. Shumlin said in a press release. “Michael’s even-temperament and strong work ethic will serve him and our judiciary very well.”

In addition, Burlington attorney John Pacht will fill a judgeship recently funded to help address increasing caseloads related to child protection and opiate-abuse across Vermont. Chittenden County Deputy State’s Attorney Mary Morrissey will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Michael Kupersmith. Windsor County State’s Attorney Michael Kainen will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge John Wesley.