Governor Scott taps Rutland native William D. Cohen for Vermont Supreme Court seat

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RUTLAND — Governor Phil Scott has named Judge William “Bill” Cohen of Rutland to the Vermont Supreme Court after serving 20 years as a Superior Court judge with distinction.

“Appointing a Supreme Court justice is one of the most important decisions any governor must make,” said Governor Scott. “Among a very strong candidate pool, Bill distinguished himself as someone with the right experience, temperament and character to serve the judiciary with excellence as an associate justice.”

Cohen grew up in Rutland where he graduated Rutland High School in 1975, followed by a year as a chair lift operator for Killington Mountain Resorts.

He then went on to obtain a B.A. in Environmental Science from George Washington University, and a J.D. from Vermont Law School.

“It has been my privilege to be a Vermont trial judge for the past 20 years and I will continue to work towards providing equal justice to all Vermonters as a member of the Vermont Supreme Court,” said Cohen.

Cohen started his career as a deputy state’s attorney, followed by working in private practice in two separate law offices in Rutland.

During this time, his focus was primarily on statewide civil litigation.

In 1999, Cohen was appointed as a Superior Court judge, and is currently presiding as a judge in Bennington and Rutland counties.

In his free time, Cohen is an avid participant in endurance sports, including biking, skiing and running.

Cohen will replace former Associate Justice Marilyn Skoglund, who retired in September, and will be sworn into office by Governor Scott in a ceremony later this month.