Court Administrator Announces Two New Hires

State Court Administrator Patricia Gabel is pleased to announce that the Vermont Judiciary has filled two vacancies in programs critical to the delivery of legal services in Vermont. The Supreme Court oversees the admission of attorneys to the practice of law and the discipline of attorneys. Andrew Strauss Esq. will join us as Licensing Counsel and Sarah Katz, Esq. as Disciplinary Counsel.

Patricia Gabel said “we were fortunate to have hired such outstanding individuals. The search attracted many qualified applicants. We look forward to implementing their ideas for innovation in the services we deliver to the legal community in Vermont.”

Sarah comes to us from the Vermont Attorney General’s Office which she joined after graduating from the Vermont Law School and serving clerkships for the New Hampshire Supreme Court and U.S. District Court. Sarah lives in Middlesex with her spouse and their two dogs and six chickens.

A graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Andrew has practiced law in Vermont since a clerkship for recently retired Vermont Supreme Court Justice John A. Dooley in 2002. Andrew followed with stints at Gravel and Shea, the Chittenden County State’s Attorney Office and most recently at the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living. Andrew resides in Shelburne with his wife Tamara and son Max. 

I would like to thank the members of several boards and committees who interviewed the candidates: Keith Kasper, Esq.; Hon. Thomas Durkin; Michael Kennedy, Esq.; Hon. Samuel Hoar; Jan Eastman, Esq.; Michael Hanley, Esq.; former Associate Justice Brian L. Burgess; Lisa Ventriss and Carolyn Anderson, Esq.

Sarah Katz and Andrew Strauss will work out of the Costello Courthouse in Burlington. All correspondence should be directed to them at Costello Courthouse 32 Cherry Street Suite 213, Burlington VT 05401.