Erica Albin Marthage was raised in Manchester, Vermont from the time she was 9 years old. Erica graduated from Burr & Burton in 1988, then worked to pay her way through college, graduating from the University of Vermont in 1997, cum laude. She then attended the University of Connecticut School of Law, graduating in 2000.
After finishing law school, Erica returned to Manchester and her family. Her parents, Don and Amey Albin live in Manchester. Don was a local builder before he retired and Amey worked as a seamstress for Orvis for years and still does alterations. Even now, most of Erica’s extended family lives in the Southern Vermont area. Erica married Brian Marthage in 2005 and they now live in Manchester with their three children who attend Manchester Elementary Middle School (the same elementary school Erica attended).
Erica’s legal experience has been largely dedicated to prosecution. In law school, she interned and worked summers at the Hartford (CT) State’s Attorney’s Office. There, she assisted with the prosecution of homicides and gang related crimes. After completing law school and returning to Vermont, Erica worked as Vermont’s first DUI forfeiture prosecutor. In this role, she was deputized in all of Vermont’s counties and traveled the state. Erica then obtained a job as a prosecutor in Bennington for the following four years. In that position, she prosecuted most types of crime, from domestic assault to hate crimes, to child sex crimes. Erica was able to obtain a sentence which provided lifetime incarceration for a particularly heinous series of serial sexual assaults against a child.
Erica was elected to the position of State's Attorney in November 2006 and assumed office in February 2007.
As State's Attorney, Erica is passionate about protecting the most vulnerable members of our society, be they child victims of sexual or domestic violence, elderly victims of exploitation, or those with developmental disabilities. Her office supported the 2012 reforms the child sexual assault statutes, and she is now seeking to address deficiencies in our mental health system which fail to provide proper treatment for individuals with mental health issues.
For minor offenses, Erica actively utilizes programs which hold individuals accountable but avoid the long term stigma associated with a permanent criminal conviction. These alternatives programs, such as those offered through the Center for Restorative Justice, play a vital role in our criminal justice system.
Part of her role is communicating and collaborating with state's attorneys, judges, colleagues and legislators throughout Vermont. Erica is a leader who works hard to support the successful operation of the justice system statewide.
Boards and Committees
Bennington County Juvenile Justice Committee
Bennington County Domestic Violence Task Force
Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council
Bennington County Child Advocacy Center
Executive Committee for Department of State’s Attorneys & Sheriffs
Bennington County Multi-Disciplinary Team on Child Sexual Abuse
Vermont Family Rules Committee
Vermont Criminal Rules Committee
Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
Vermont Domestic Violence Council