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Public Statement: Lt. Governor Gray Honoring Judge Peter Hall On Taking 'Senior Status'

Submitted by Hazel.Brewster… on Fri, 03/05/2021 - 10:23


Montpelier, Vt. — Today, Lt. Governor Gray, released the following statement honoring Judge Peter W. Hall of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit:

“Today, I join lawyers and judges across Vermont and the nation in honoring Judge Peter W. Hall who, on Thursday, took senior status on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

I had the honor of serving as a law clerk in Judge Hall’s chambers from 2014 to 2015. He has inspired the course of my life, and so many Vermont lawyers and public servants.

Judge Hall has been a giant on the Court since his confirmation and commission in 2004. He has worked tirelessly and with great humility and integrity, on the bench in New York and in his Chambers in Rutland, Vermont to offer his voice, Vermont’s voice, in the Court’s pursuit of justice. He has helped lead the Court through some of the most challenging cases and legal matters of our time, authoring landmark opinions.

Over the last 16 years he has also hired and mentored dozens of Vermonters to serve as law clerks in his chambers—a personal choice to give Vermont lawyers, particularly Vermont Law School graduates, early in their careers, a highly prestigious and hard-sought opportunity.

Judge Hall has also served as a member of the International Association of Judges, where he is known internationally for his work to promote the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary.

I was honored to be sworn in as Lt. Governor on January 7, 2021 by Judge Hall. In my remarks before the Vermont Senate I tried to articulate what public servants, like Judge Hall, can continue to show us in our work:

‘Our challenge, or opportunity here today, is to commit to the principles and values that give Vermonters a deep pride and full faith in the promise – and the essentialness – of good government. That is why I asked someone who I greatly admire – some who embodies personal integrity and

public service – to administer the oath: Judge Peter Hall. Having had the honor of service in Judge Hall’s chamber as a law clerk, I have witnessed how he lives the ideals that make a democracy work: humility and compassion, a fierce commitment to fairness, an unyielding dedication to equal protection and the rule of law, and an unshakeable belief in, and commitment to good government.’

Thank you, Judge Hall, for your service, your mentorship and for inspiring so many young lawyers and public servants. Today, we honor you.”