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    New VBA Diversity Section

    The Vermont Bar Association is pleased to announce the creation of its newest section, entitled the VBA Diversity Section. Superior Court Judge Nancy Waples is the Section Chair, and welcomes any VBA members as members of the new section. If you would like to join the VBA Diversity Section, click here, or call the office at 802-223-2020.
     A CLE offering that the Diversity Section is planning for the March Mid-Year Meeting at the Equinox in Manchester will provide education and resources about the topic of implicit biases in the justice system. As with all VBA sections, joining the section will automatically add you to the section list serve if you would like to be kept abreast of happenings in the new section. Please contact Teri Corsones at tcorsones@vtbar.org if you have any questions. Thanks very much!

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    New Blawg: Pets R (most of) Us!

    Click HERE to read our blawg about Pet Law Day, the booming pet industry, case law and more!  Despite that many studies have shown that pets can reduce obesity, increase happiness and reduce stress in their owners, they are simply, legally, personal property. Though many have tried, there cannot be a custody arrangement for a family pet in Vermont.  Not only can pets not be subject to an order of custody, they also, unlike humans, can instead be subject to a “finders-keepers” ruling like a couch on a street corner. But unlike a couch, dogs escape and can bite either each other or humans.   Also, unlike a couch, you cannot leave them in a hot car or otherwise mistreat them.  Sound complicated?  It is!  We will explore these issues and more, including pet trusts, at Pet Law Day on September 30 in S. Burlington, with $50 in contest prizes, pet treats and more, so register TODAY!  

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    Judicial Nominating Board

    Nominations for three State Bar seats on the Judicial Nominating Board will be on the Agenda at the VBA Annual Meeting on October 14.

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    Courage in Bloom ceremony well attended

    The Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services held its annual "Courage in Bloom Garden Ceremony" on Friday, September 2, 2016 at the beautiful "Courage in Bloom Garden" located at 10-12 Baldwin Street in Montpelier. Retired VBA Executive Director Bob Paolini, who is also the current Chair of the VCCVS Board, served as Master of Ceremonies.

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    Successful AG Debate at the Pavilion!

    Thanks to all who attended VBA's AG Candidate Debate at the Pavilion yesterday.  Special thanks go to Deb Bucknam and TJ Donovan for agreeing to participate in the debate and for the thought-provoking and engaging answers to all of our questions.  Also thanks to ORCA Media for recording the event in their commitment to public access, which video is available HERE.  Some photos from the event are HERE on our Facebook page.