Judge Davenport was appointed as a Superior Court judge in October of 1990. During her twenty-four years on the bench, she presided in the civil, criminal and family divisions of Vermont’s trial courts. In 2005, the Vermont Supreme Court appointed her to serve as the Chief Administrative Judge of the Trial Courts in Vermont and she served in that capacity until her retirement at the end of 2014. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1985 to 1990. During her last term in the Legislature, she chaired the House Judiciary Committee and was instrumental in the passage of legislation that created Vermont’s family court.
She is the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Service Award from the National Center for State Courts. She served as a trustee of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) from 2008-2014 and is currently a member of the Children and Family Council for Prevention Programs. She has served as faculty for the National Judicial College, the Vermont Judiciary and NCJFCJ. Judge Davenport received a B.A. from Stanford University in 1969. She was admitted to the Vermont bar in 1982 after a four-year law office study.