As has become a tradition at our blog, let us take a moment to congratulate and honor the most recent member of the SCOV to announce his retirement.
Justice Brian Burgess has announced his retirement effective August 1, 2013. Justice Burgess was appointed in 2005 by Governor Jim Douglas and prior to that he had a long and distinguished career on the trial bench.
Justice Burgess has brought a sharp wit and sense to the SCOV, and his opinions as well as dissents are characterized by clear writing, solid logic, and the lived-in knowledge of statutory law that only comes from years of working it out in the trial courts. Whether you agree or disagree with Justice Burgess, you can count on the fact that his position will be well-reasoned and articulate.
On a more personal level, Justice Burgess has represented the bench and our state in the best tradition of Vermonters. He has for many, especially young attorneys, been approachable, open, and generous with his time and advice.
What more could anyone ask from a justice?
We wish Justice Burgess well in his retirement and thank him for his years of service.
---And we ask him to just remember if he gets bored to consider a regular column at the SCOV Law Blog.
We'd be happy to publish it!