Vermont Law School (VLS) alumna and faculty member Molly Gray JD’14 was sworn in today as Vermont’s 82nd lieutenant governor, becoming the fourth female in the state’s history to hold the position.
Lt. Gov. Gray is a 2014 graduate of VLS and an instructor at the school whose teaching focuses on international human rights law. Prior to becoming Lt. Gov., Gray was assistant attorney general in the criminal division of the Vermont Attorney General’s Office.
"We are very proud here at Vermont Law School to see one of our own sworn in as lieutenant governor," said VLS Dean and President Thomas McHenry. "We wish Molly the very best in her mission to improve the lives of all Vermonters, and we look forward to working with her to ensure the most sustainable future for Vermont."
Lt. Gov. Gray has nearly a decade of experience working in the public and private sectors as a practitioner and researcher in the areas of human rights, international humanitarian law, business and human rights, and national security.
Prior to returning home to Vermont to serve in the attorney general’s office, Lt. Gov. Gray worked as the law and policy manager for the International Code of Conduct Association in Geneva, Switzerland, the first global multi-stakeholder initiative mandated to oversee the compliance of private security companies with human rights and international humanitarian law. In that capacity she launched the association’s monitoring program and led field missions to East Africa, Nigeria and Iraq.
Lt. Gov. Gray previously worked as a congressional affairs associate for the International Committee of the Red Cross, where she managed relations with the U.S. Congress and led field missions to Haiti, Uganda, Georgia, the Western Balkans and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She also served as a researcher for the Harvard Law School’s Counterterrorism and Humanitarian Engagement Project (now the Program on International Law and Armed Conflict).
In addition to earning her juris doctor from VLS, Lt. Gov. Gray earned an LL.M in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and a bachelor of arts from the University of Vermont. Following law school, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Peter W. Hall on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She is a member of the Vermont bar.
A native Vermonter, Lt. Gov. Gray grew up in the Connecticut River Valley where her family continues to operate a fruit, vegetable, and dairy farm.