Amy Marie Davenport

Davenport, Amy

Time Period

1940 to Today

Subject Categories

Government / Politics, Law

Notable Facts

Admitted to Bar in 1982; Paralegal for Vermont Legal Aid and as a legislative advocate for the Vermont Low Income Advocacy Council and the Children's Forum; Member of the House of Representatives, Vermont Legislature, representing the City of Montpelier; Superior Court Judge

Personal Information

Date of Birth

1947

Primary Residence

Unknown

Historical Significance

Amy Davenport majored in Political Science at Stanford University and graduated in 1969. She took the bar exam in 1982 and passed, but never went to law school. Instead, Davenport participated in a four-year, 25 hour a week apprenticeship, meaning she "read" the law. Vermont is one of only eight states that allow attorneys to be licensed without going to law school.

This program is also known as the Four-Year Law Office Study Program. It requires at least four years of study. It has to be done in a law office and under the supervision of a Vermont attorney who has been admitted to the bar for at least three years at the time the study starts.

Amy Davenport is well known amongst her colleagues for her support and commitment to helping troubled families, battered wives, and children caught up in custody battles.

From 1979 " 1984, Davenport worked as a paralegal for Vermont Legal Aid and as a legislative advocate for the Vermont Low Income Advocacy Council and the Children's Forum. After that, she was a member of the House of Representatives, Vermont Legislature, representing the City of Montpelier, from 1984- 1990. In 1990, Gov. Madeline Kunin appointed Davenport as one of the Superior Court judges and in 2005, Davenport was appointed as the Administrative Judge for the Trial Courts by the Vermont Supreme Court.

Occupations

  • Attorney
  • Paralegal for Legal Aid
  • Member of the House of Representatives, Vermont Legislature
  • Superior Court Judge
  • Administrative Judge for the Trial Courts

Education

  • B.A. in Polictical Science, Stanford University, California (1969)

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • Article from Stanford Magazine Link

  • "Lawyering for Children in High-Conflict Cases" Link

  • Court Administration Link