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Christina Nolan ’04 Achieves a First

She becomes the first woman US Attorney in Vermont while fellow alumnus takes the reins in Colorado.


Christina Nolan ’04 became the first woman to serve as US attorney for Vermont when the US Senate unanimously confirmed her on Nov. 9. The decision also makes her the state’s 38th US attorney.

Across the country, in Colorado, Robert C.  Troyer ’90, who has served as acting US attorney since Aug. 11, 2016, was recently appointed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to serve as US attorney for the District of Colorado until the US Senate confirms a presidential nominee.

Nolan, an Assistant US Attorney in the Vermont for seven years, had the endorsements of Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy and Republican Governor Phil Scott. “Christina Nolan is a native Vermonter and a well-respected Assistant US Attorney with a passion for the State of Vermont and for the mission of a prosecutor—to seek justice and improve our communities,” they said in a joint statement.

She was nominated for the post in September by President Trump.

The Governor’s office said that she is respected throughout the state as tough prosecutor and is particularly well informed, through her work on drug-related crime, about the state’s opioid crisis.

Troyer is also addressing the opioid crisis and is engaged in rebuilding trust between communities and law enforcement. He alternated between private practice and Colorado’s US Attorney’s Office before settling there seven years ago.

Read more about Nolan here and Troyer here.