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    Martin Luther King, Jr. Poster-Essay Contest for Middle School Students

    The VBA Diversity Section and Young Lawyers Division are co-sponsoring the 2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. Poster-Essay Contest for Vermont Middle School Students, to celebrate the life and message of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Participating middle school students will create a poster and write a short essay interpreting Dr. King’s quote “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.”  Click the heading for more details.

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    Congratulations President Kruska!

    The VBA President’s gavel was officially passed with great fanfare to Elizabeth Kruska of Woodstock, Vermont at the VBA Annual Meeting held virtually on October 1. In her remarks, President Kruska shared that she has “decided to think about 2020 as the glass half full. Because I think as difficult as it has been, we can use this experience to become better lawyers, better practitioners, and better people.” Click the heading for the rest of President Kruska’s compelling and heartfelt remarks, and click HERE for the video of many VBA past-presidents remotely passing the gavel to Elizabeth while pursuing their favorite wellness pastimes!

     

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    Volunteer Poll Workers Wanted!

    Because many Vermont poll workers may have concerns about working in-person at polling stations in November, the VBA and the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office are partnering to encourage willing lawyers and law students to contact their local town or city clerk’s offices to volunteer as poll workers for the November elections. Click the heading for more info.

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    E-Filing Fee Group Rejects "Per Use" Fee

    The VBA Alternative E-Filing Fee Group, formed as a result of Act 120, which requires the Judiciary to  meet with court users to examine alternatives to the “per use/per envelope” e-filing fee, met on September 23 with a consultant whom the Judiciary retained in response to Act 120.  Click the heading for a summary of the meeting, during which the group rejected the per envelope fee, an annual subscription fee and a per document fee. Click HERE for other Bar News stories about the e-filing fee issues.  

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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 new 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.

     

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    Job Board Posts - VT Bar Examinees

    Due to COVID-19 challenges, the 2020 Vermont Bar Exam has been postponed to October 5-6 and will be held remotely. In an effort to support this year’s examinees and to facilitate connections between examinees and legal employers, the VBA is posting letters of interest and resumes for examinees who wish to practice in Vermont. Click HERE for the posts submitted to date; the posts will be continually updated as they come in. Good luck to the examinees!

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    Court Users Group Details Concerns

    The VBA Court Users Group that was formed as a result of Act 120, which requires the Judiciary to  meet with court users to listen to and respond to their experience with the Odyssey system, met on September 28 with a consultant whom the Judiciary retained in response to Act 120.  Click HERE for a summary of the meeting, during which the group detailed the on-going concerns with different aspects of the e-filing system. Click HERE for other Bar News stories about the e-filing fee issues.