Grace Johnson McGuire

McGuire, Grace

Time Period

1940 to Today

Notable Facts

Twentieth woman admitted to Vermont Bar. Part of the legal staff at National Life of Vermont. In 1965, appointed as a Montpelier Municipal Judge by Governor Phil Hoff. President of the Vermont Cancer Society. Founder and Director of Elmhill Group Home. On Board of Directors of Vermont Catholic Charities for seventeen years.

Personal Information

Date of Birth

01/08/1919

Date of Death

05/1996

Primary Residence

Montpelier

Religion

Catholic

Historical Significance

Grace Johnson McGuire was born in Hardwick, VT on January 8, 1919. She attended St. Michael's High School in Montpelier and graduated as valedictorian in 1936. McGuire then went on to Trinity College in Burlington, VT and graduated from Portia Law school in Boston, MA in 1940. Portia was the first law school in America to admit women with or without a college degree. At age 22, she became the twentieth woman admitted to the Vermont Bar.

After passing the bar, McGuire worked on the legal staff at National Life of Vermont. In 1965, McGuire was appointed as a Montpelier Municipal Judge by Governor Phil Hoff. In 1967, the municipal courts were abolished and Grace McGuire returned to practicing law in Montpelier.

Beside practicing law, McGuire was also active in the community. She served on the Board of Directors for St. Joseph's Children's Home in Burlington for eight years, was on the Board of Directors of Vermont Catholic Charities for seventeen years, was a founder and director of the Elmhill Group Home, and served as president of the Vermont Cancer Society.

Organizations or Movements

  • Vermont Bar
  • St. Joseph's Children's Home
  • Vermont Catholic Charities
  • Vermont Cancer Society

Occupations

  • Lawyer
  • Judge
  • Board of Directors for St. Joseph's Children's Homes
  • Board of Directors of Vermont Catholic Charities
  • Founder and Director of Elmhill Group Home
  • President Vermont Cancer Society.

Education

  • Trinity College- Burlington, VT.
  • Portia Law School- Boston MA (1940)

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • "Celebrating Vermont's First 100 Women Lawyers" Link