Scott appoints 1st woman of color to Vermont Supreme Court

Gov. Phil Scott announced Friday that he has appointed Superior Court Judge Nancy Waples, the first woman of color, to serve on the Vermont Supreme Court.

Waples, of Hinesburg, will replace Justice Beth Robinson, who was appointed by President Joe Biden and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to a seat on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“As I have said, there are few responsibilities a governor has that are more significant than naming a justice to the Supreme Court,” Scott said in a written statement. “Character, competence, commitment, and chemistry are the qualities I seek when deciding on an appointment. There is no doubt Judge Waples possesses these attributes and will excel on the Court.”

Judge Waples’ parents fled the communist revolution in China and because of ethnic quotas only her father could immigrate to the United States at first and the family was separated for four years, the governor’s office said. Later the family earned a living working in their small Chinese restaurant outside of New York City.

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