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McDonald-Cady appointed to Superior Court

Deputy Windham County State’s Attorney Kerry Ann McDonald-Cady of Dover has been appointed to a Vermont Superior Court seat.

McDonald-Cady was appointed on Sept. 30 by Gov. Phil Scott. Superior Court is the state’s trial court consisting of civil, criminal, environmental, family, and probate divisions.

She replaces former Superior Judge David Howard and will be assigned to the west region of the Superior Court, primarily in Rutland and Bennington counties.

In a news release, Scott praised McDonald-Cady’s “record of sound legal judgement to ensure justice, which protects the vulnerable and upholds public safety.”

McDonald-Cady has served as a deputy state’s attorney in Windham County since 2010, representing the state of Vermont in litigating juvenile abuse, neglect, and delinquency cases in the family division, as well as litigating criminal cases focusing on physical abuse of children.

Prior to joining the Windham County State’s Attorney’s Office, she was an associate in the law firm of Fisher & Fisher for seven years, practicing in the areas of real property, probate, and municipal law, as well as civil litigation.

She was recognized for her work in the juvenile docket and received the state’s Justice for Children Task Force award for exemplary child protection and juvenile justice work in 2012 and later joined the statewide task force as a member in 2016.

Outside of the practice of law, McDonald-Cady was a member of the Dover School Board and is a current member of the River Valleys Unified School District School Board. She graduated cum laude from Binghamton University and received her Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School.

Also appointed by Scott to Superior Court was Lisa Warren of Waterford, who will be assigned to the north region, comprising the Northeast Kingdom and Washington County. Warren, a prosecutor since 2005, has served as Caledonia County state’s attorney since 2009.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #531 (Wednesday, October 9, 2019). This story appeared on page E2.

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