Associate Justice Nancy Waples
c/o Vermont Supreme Court
111 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609
Dear Associate Justice Waples,
My name is Matt Winick, an Asian American from Ann Arbor, Michigan and I have a strong interest in learning history, social justice, and criminal justice reform. In these subjects, I like to learn the need for civil rights to be stronger to reduce discrimination, have criminal justice reform to help protect people’s rights while reduce crime, and many others. Associate Justice Waples, the main reason I’m writing you a letter is to explain how I find your work as Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court to be very inspiring to me.
In April 2022, I was amazed on how you made history on becoming the first Asian American woman to serve on the Vermont Supreme Court. In your current role as Associate Justice of Vermont Supreme Court, I truly appreciate on how you are a strong supporter of civil rights by advocating for people with disabilities’ rights and expressing the need to make civil rights stronger in order to help protect minorities, women, and people with disabilities from being discriminated. On people with disabilities’ rights issues, I like on how you express the need for more people who have expertise in people with disabilities’ rights including people with disabilities’ rights law to be in the judicial system or be elected in the courts, emphasize the need for social workers to work with law enforcement to help reduce situation with people who struggle with mental health, and more better reforms on people who have mental health or with a disability to get better access to social security disability benefits. Supporting the need for drug treatment programs to help drug-users get the care they need to reduce drug abuse, advocating for the need for more resources to help victims of domestic violence or victims of crime get help on dealing with their trauma, and strongly express the importance for more funds for DNA testing including forensic science to help solve evidence efficiently while reduce sending an innocent person to jail is common sense for criminal justice reform. Also on criminal justice reform, I like on how you express the need for mental health court to help people with mental illness to get treatment and advocate for the importance of community services to help non-violent offenders including non violent juveniles to rehabilitate so they won’t re-offend. Another thing that I like about your work as Associate Justice of Vermont Supreme Court is how you advocate for the need to reduce racial profiling in the criminal justice system to help protect minorities including immigrants from being oppressed, strongly advocate with support the need for better voter protection laws to help protect voters including minorities along with people with disabilities from losing their right to vote, and support protecting civil liberties like the fourth amendment to help protect people from unreasonable searches. Also I like on how you use your role as an Asian American to help advocate including support Asian Americans rights including Asian American with disabilities’ rights, express the need for funds to help repair the Asian American community including their businesses, emphasize the need for educational awareness about Asian American culture including history, and many others.
Associate Justice Waples, I have autism with a learning disability. Having a disability is hard for me because I have trouble comprehending on learning different advance subjects, sometimes I struggle to communicate my thoughts, and get teased. Your commitment to be a strong supporter of civl rights including people with disabilities’ rights really inspires me to work hard on my disability. Being an Asian American with a disability is hard for me because some Asians and some Asian Americans get judgmental about me being different from them or not meeting their standards. Also your role as an Asian and being an advocate along with a supporter of Asians with disabilities’ rights and Asian Americans with disabilities’ rights gives me confidence about being an Asian American with a disability when there are challenges. Your role as Associate Justice of Vermont Supreme Court gives me motivation to continue to learn history including social justice. My future goal is to someday work in these areas to help emphasize the need for civil rights to be stronger to reduce discrimination, protect the environment from pollution, expand on social justice to make communities a better place, and many others.
I strongly believe that you are making a great difference for the judicial system. I’m very proud on how you are working hard to support civil rights, advocate with support criminal justice reform, and many others. You have inspire me to work hard on my disability and continue to learn history including social justice. Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, working hard to make a great difference, and inspiring me. Please continue to advocate for common sense ideas.