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    2021 Pro Bono Service Award Winners

    The VBA is proud to announce the winners of the VBA's 2021 Pro Bono Service Award. The attorneys being honored are Cristina Mansfield, Kathleen (Kate) Rivers, and Janet Van Derpoel-Andrea. The Pro Bono Award is given annually to recognize attorneys who provide extraordinary legal services free of charge to indigent and disadvantaged clients in our community. All three of this year’s honorees represent children in custody and relief from abuse matters in family and probate courts in southern Vermont. Click the heading for more about the winners who will be honored at the Mid-Year Meeting on March 25th!

     

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    VBA Nominating Committee Report

    The VBA Nominating Committee met on December 11, 2020 and recommended that Andrew Manitsky become President-Elect of the VBA Board of Managers. The Nominating Committee also recommended that Rich Cassidy, Jordana Levine and Jessica Bullock be nominated for the three at-large member seats up for election at the Mid-Year Meeting scheduled for Friday, March 26, 2021.The Nominating Committee also recommended that the Treasurer and Secretary seats remain unchanged with Matt Valerio serving as Treasurer and Ted Tyler as Secretary. Statements of interest, brief biographies and   head shots for each of the non-officer nominees are HERE. The Nominating Committee Report is HERE.

     

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    Pro and Low Bono 2021

    The VBA, with the help of our energized Young Lawyers Division, has partnered with Legal Services Vermont to recruit pro bono and low bono attorneys in these times of pandemic. LSV’s Vermont Volunteer Lawyer Project is a decades-long program matching low-income Vermonters with pro bono attorneys willing to represent them in a wide variety of legal challenges. The VBA’s Low Bono Program uses grant funding to pay stipends to private attorneys to represent low-income Vermonters and crime victims who face legal difficulties as a result of their victimization. Either program helps you gain experience, build your practice, receive CLE training, and help vulnerable Vermonters. Click the heading for sign up info!

     

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    COVID-19 Resource Page for Attorneys!

    Please check out our new COVID-19 Resource Page for the latest resources regarding the Governor’s orders, Judiciary orders, emergency legislation, wellness, technology and employer resources and more, all in one place!  A VBA COVID-19 Committee has been created to ascertain what COVID-19 issues are impacting the legal community. The Committee will be providing guidance regarding those issues, including resources such as best practice guides and trainings, providing wellness resources for attorneys, and recommending how the VBA or its members can answer the Governor’s call to serve. Click HERE for more information about the Committee. If you have questions or suggestions for the Committee, please email info@vtbar.org with “COVID-19 Committee” in the subject line.