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    Justice Carroll's Swearing-In Ceremony

    It was standing room only at the Vermont Supreme Court this morning as Justice Karen Carroll was sworn in to the Supreme Court.  Justice Eaton kicked off the ceremony with a bit of history about the Vermont Supreme Court, introducing himself as the newest, but not for much longer, appointment to the Court.  He then praised Justice Carroll for being easy to work with, funny and competent.  He noted that she well understood that no one goes to a baseball game to watch the umpire, as court is all about the litigants.  Click HERE for the full stories and PICTURES!

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    Congratulations to Jim Ouimette!

    Lucky winner Jim Ouimette of Ouimette & Runcie had his name drawn out of 57 survey entrants for FREE registration for this year's Annual Meeting.  Congratulations Jim! See you in October!

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    Court Administrator Announces Two New Hires

    State Court Administrator Patricia Gabel is pleased to announce that the Vermont Judiciary has filled two vacancies in programs critical to the delivery of legal services in Vermont. The Supreme Court oversees the admission of attorneys to the practice of law and the discipline of attorneys. Andrew Strauss Esq. will join as Licensing Counsel and Sarah Katz, Esq. as Disciplinary Counsel. Click the heading for the full announcement from the Court.

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    Out Like a Lion!

    The near foot of heavy snow that fell on the last day of March did not deter us from our Mid-Year Meeting joy.  In fact, the word is that attendees had a roaring good time! 

    One member noted: “This was one of the most enjoyable and delightful VBA meetings I've attended [and I've been to 87 of the last 88 annual/mid-winter meetings]…The venue, rooms, hospitality, staff were all outstanding.”  Another remarked: “I have to say, I think that was the best VBA meeting that I’ve ever attended.  Not that they are not all wonderful, but this one was truly spectacular.”  

    Read more and check out pictures from the meeting on our blawg HERE!

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    Statewide High School Mock Trial Program

    The VBA was pleased to collaborate with the Unites States District Court for the District of Vermont, the Snelling Center for Government, and Vermont Law School to organize the First Annual Statewide High School Mock Trial Program this year.  US District Court Judge Geoffrey Crawford contacted high schools throughout the state last Fall to gauge interest in the program, and three high schools (Brattleboro Union High School, Rutland High School and Southwestern Vermont Technical Development Center in Bennington) responded by fielding teams of students who spent the Spring preparing for the state-wide competition held last Saturday at VLS.  

    Click HERE for more and for pictures from the event!