Gov. Phil Scott has appointed two Essex attorneys to become Vermont Superior Court judges.
David A. Barra, a longtime attorney for the village of Essex Jct., and Scot L. Kline, current general counsel of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, are among four appointees Scott announced Thursday.
“I’m proud to appoint these impressive individuals to serve Vermonters in our judicial system,” Scott said in a news release. “They have each demonstrated integrity and fairness throughout their careers and bring valuable experience, judgement and leadership to our judiciary.”
Barra was a founding partner with Unsworth & Barra, PLC for nearly two decades before starting his own law firm in 2011.
He focuses on civil litigation, zoning, landlord/tenant and municipal law, and has extensive appellate experience in the Vermont Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals. He didn’t immediately return a call for comment Thursday.
Kline, who’s practiced law for 30 years, previously served as general counsel at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources from 2005 to 2007 before joining the Vermont Attorney General’s Office as the chief of the Environmental Protection Division.
Kline joined the DFR in 2016 and said he’s leaving the post with “mixed feelings,” though he’s excited at the prospect of his new role.
“I’m very pleased to be selected and obviously honored to have the opportunity to serve in this way,” Kline said.
Megan J. Shafritz, of South Burlington, and Alicia Sacerio Humbert, of Northfield, were also appointed Thursday. All four newly-appointed judges will fill existing vacancies and learn their court assignments once they’re sworn in.