||Jeff Amestoy has served as Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court and as Attorney General of Vermont.
Chief Justice Amestoy was the author of Baker v. State, the decision of the Vermont Supreme Court which held that same-sex couples are constitutionally entitled to the rights and benefits of marriage and led to the nation's first civil union law. He was first elected Attorney General in 1984 and was re-elected six times. In five elections Attorney General Amestoy was the nominee of both the Republican and Democratic parties.
Chief Justice Amestoy was a member of the Board of Directors of the Conference of Chief Justices and was chair of its Best Practices Institute and its Committee on Governmental Affairs. As Attorney General, he founded the state constitutional law project of the National Association of Attorneys General and served as President of the Association.
He has lectured widely on issues of law and leadership and is a member of the steering committee for the Harvard Kennedy School's Executive Session for State Court Leaders in the 21st Century. He was a Fellow at the HKS Institute of Politics (Fall, 2004) and became a Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership in 2005. He is a graduate of HKS and is a member of the Board of Directors of the HKS Alumni Association.