Application Materials for Federal Judicial Vacancy


Following Judge Sessions’ announcement that he will assume senior status in June, a nine-person Judicial Nominating Commission has been established to vet applicants for the United States District Court Judge for the District of Vermont vacancy.  The following persons were appointed to the Commission by Senator Leahy, Senator Sanders, and the Vermont Bar Association, respectively:

Senator Leahy:

            Peter D. Van Oot – Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, Chair
            Jerome F. O’Neill – Gravel & Shea PC
            Hon. Marilyn R. Skoglund – Vermont Supreme Court

Senator Sanders:

Thomas J. Sherrer – Thomas Sherrer, PLLC
            John L. Franco, Jr. – Law Offices of John L. Franco, Jr.
            Barbara W. Prine – Vermont Legal Aid, Inc./Disability Law Project


Vermont Bar Association:

            David A. Mickenberg – Mickenberg, Dunn, Lachs & Smith, PLC
            Mary Kehoe – The Kehoe Law Firm, PC
            David F. Silver – Barr, Sternberg, Moss, Lawrence & Silver, PC

Robert M. Paolini, Executive Director of the Vermont Bar Association, is providing administrative support to the Judicial Nominating Commission.


Any member of the Vermont Bar in good standing is eligible to apply for the United States District Court Judge for the District of Vermont vacancy.  Please note the following:

  • The chambers of the new U.S. District Court Judge will be in the United States Courthouse in Rutland
  • Completed Questionnaires must be submitted electronically as set out below using the United States District Court for the District of Vermont Application Procedure and Questionnaire.  Applications must be completed and submitted by 5:00 P.M. on Friday, February 21, 2014.   
  • Interviews with selected applicants will be conducted on March 10-11, 2014 at the Burlington Hilton, 60 Battery Street, Burlington, VT

All applicants should reserve these dates.  The Commission will notify all applicants whether or not they have been selected for interviews on or about March 5.   Please note that due to the expected number of applicants, the Commission will not interview each qualified candidate.  The Commission will apply the American Bar Associations Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary’s “Well-Qualified” standard in determining the most qualified applicants. 


To access the United States District Court for the District of Vermont Application Procedure and Questionnaire, please go to  If you have any questions about accessing the link or technical issues with completing the Questionnaire, please contact Lisa Maxfield or Robert Paolini .  Phone 802-223-2020

Click HERE for a PDF version of the online Questionnaire.  This PDF is for reference ONLY.  All applications must be completed online using the link above.

Click HERE for the  Financial Net Worth Statement to be filled out in accordance with Question 27(A) and Affidavit to be signed and submitted with the above Financial Net Worth Statement in a sealed envelope addressed to Robert M. Paolini, Vermont Bar Association, PO Box 100, Montpelier, VT  05601-0100.

Any questions or comments on the Judicial Nominating Commission, its processes and procedures should be directed to Peter D. Van Oot, Chair, using the following contact information:          

Peter D. Van Oot
Chair, Judicial Nominating Commission
c/o Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC
8 South Park Street
P.O. Box 191
Lebanon, NH 03766-0191
Phone (Direct): (603) 442-4512