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    Judge Cohen Selected for Supreme Court Justice

    Governor Phil Scott has named Judge William “Bill” Cohen of Rutland to the Vermont Supreme Court after serving 20 years as a Superior Court judge with distinction. Cohen will be sworn into office by Governor Scott in a ceremony later this month. He replaces former Associate Justice Marilyn Skoglund, who retired in September. Juge Cohen was appointed as a Superior Court judge in 1999 and he is currently presiding as a judge in Bennington and Rutland counties. Please click the heading for the full press release from the Governor's office.

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    Do You Want to Be a VBA Board Member?

    If you are interested in serving on the VBA Board of Managers, now's the time to let us know! Being a board member provides a marvelous opportunity to help guide and serve the profession and the association. Serving is a chance to make a difference in the practice of law and it provides a chance to work with other dedicated colleagues in charting the course of the bar into the future. The VBA Nominating Committee is meeting on December 13 to select nominees for three 2-year seats on the VBA Board of Bar Managers. If you would like to be considered for the slate, please contact Gary Franklin, Chair of the Nominating Committee, at gfranklin@primmer.com before December 13th. VBA Members will vote on the slate at the VBA Mid-Year Meeting scheduled for Friday, March 27 at the Burlington Hilton. Board Member Expectations and Responsibilities can be found HERE. Please contact VBA Executive Director Teri Corsones at tcorsones@vtbar.org if you have questions about the Expectations and Responsibilities. Thank you in advance for your interest!

     

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    November is Access to Justice Month!

    On November 6, 2019, the Access to Justice Coalition held a press conference at the Vermont Supreme Court outside the courtroom. Partners from the Court, Vermont Legal Aid, Legal Services Vermont, Vermont Law School Legal Clinics, the Vermont Bar Foundation and the Vermont Bar Association gathered with advocates, friends, legislators, Congressional staff and the media to celebrate the Vermont Supreme Court’s declaration of November as Access to Justice Month! The main objective was to unveil the results of the Vermont Economic Impact Study of Low-Income Legal Services. Click HERE for the full story, pictures and links!

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    Congratulations to Judge McDonald-Cady!

    Governor Phil Scott swore in Kerry Ann McDonald-Cady of Dover, Vermont as a Vermont Superior Court Judge before a packed courtroom at the Newfane County Courthouse on October 30, 2019. Judge McDonald-Cady replaces former Judge David Howard and will serve in Bennington and Rutland Counties... Governor Scott described how pleased he was to make the appointment. Noting how independent courts are essential to a free and just society, he said he was proud to appoint McDonald-Cady and he was confident that she would serve with respect, dignity and fairness. Click HERE to read the full story and see pictures.

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    Real Estate Law Day 2019

    Over 200 people attended our Annual Real Estate Law Day at the Hilton in Burlington. Attendees and six amazing sponsors spent the day discussing all things real estate with colleagues at this popular annual event. There was not a dull moment as the knowledgeable panelists spoke of parcel mapping, solar contracts, life estates, representing buyers and sellers, foreclosures and ethical issues in real estate. New this year, we had 2 beginner breakout sessions, covering more ground than ever. The VBA was fortunate enough to have Easy-Soft, Inc., E-Closing, First American Exchange, First American Title, Vermont Attorneys Title and White & Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors share their products and services with attendees. Check out the smiling attendees HERE!

     

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

    The VBA Diversity Section and Young Lawyers Division are celebrating the life and message of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by co-sponsoring the 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Poster-Essay Contest. Participating middle school students will create a poster and write a short essay interpreting the quote: “True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice” from remarks Dr. King made regarding the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955. The deadline for submissions is December 20, 2019. Please click the heading for more information on the contest.