Marilyn Skoglund

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Marilyn Skoglund
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Court Information:
Vermont Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $133,000
Appointed by:   Howard Dean
Active:   1990 - present
Past post:   Vermont Human Rights Commission
Past term:   1988 - 1990
Past position:   Chair
Personal History
Party:   Democratic
Undergraduate:   Southern Illinois University, 1971
Law School:   None

Marilyn Skoglund is an Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court. She was appointed to the court in 1997. She will be up for a retention election by the General Assembly in March 2011.[1]


Justice Skoglund graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 1971. In lieu of attending law school, she completed a law-office clerkship at the Office of the Attorney General, where she went on to serve as Assistant Attorney General, Chief of the Civil Law Division, and Chief of the Public Protection Division.[1]


Justice Skoglund was appointed to the District Court in 1994, and became the second woman to serve as an Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court on August 27, 1997. Shortly after taking office, Justice Skoglund started the Art in the Supreme Court program, through which she has exhibited the work of more than fifty artists—mostly Vermonters. She served on the Board of the Vermont Bar Foundation until 2006. She currently serves on the board of the Justice for Children Task Force and as the Chair of the Court’s Judicial Education Committee.[1]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Skoglund received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -1.55, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of -0.60 that justices received in Vermont. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[2]

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