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    Important VBA Membership Survey!

    Don't forget to check your emails for an important message from your VBA Board President! We've sent out our long-anticipated (and forewarned) VBA Membership Survey.  We want to know more about you and what more we can do FOR you!  Please take 5-8 minutes out of your busy day and answer our survey.  All responses are anonymous. If you receive an error message, the red stars at the beginning of the questions are NOT the incomplete quesiton or error, please scroll down to see detail on what you may have missed. Thank you!

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    2019 Legislative Overview

    The VBA followed a number of bills affecting the bar and the courts this legislative session.  Please click the heading for a summary of the enacted legislation and please note that many have July 1, 2019 effective dates!

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    Paralegal Day in Vermont

    Congratulations to the Vermont Paralegal Organization (VPO) and all Vermont paralegals on Governor Scott’s recent proclamation of “Paralegal Day” in Vermont! The proclamation, issued on May 15, 2019, noted the vital role that paralegals play in supporting the delivery of cost-effective legal services in Vermont, thereby assisting in providing more equal access to justice within the legal system. For photos and a copy of the complete proclamation click the heading.

     

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    The Last Two Bench & Bar Listening Tour Stops--Windsor and Windham!

    The Bench and Bar Listening Tour will conclude with two more venues: the first on June 19th from 5pm to 6pm at the Hartford Municipal Building in Hartford and the second on June 27th from 5pm to 6pm at the Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro. Join Chief Justice Reiber and VBA President Gary Franklin with Windsor presiding judge Timothy Tomasi and Windsor County bar representative Boolie Sluka in Hartford and Windham presiding judge Katherine Hayes and Windham County bar president Richard Carroll in Brattleboro as they continue to provide the public with an opportunity to share their thoughts about the courts and the legal system. Light refreshments will be served.

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    So Green (with Envy)!

    The greens of Spring in Vermont are as varied as the fall foliage colors. Maybe they are so beautiful because we have had to feast on browns, greys and whites exclusively for so many months. May is special because of the greens, but perhaps it is most special because of the Smolo? Loyal Solo & Small Firm Conference attendees will agree that there’s nothing like it anywhere and that it is truly spectacular. Those who missed it will have missed the greens of Basin Harbor and will certainly be green with envy. Check out the full story HERE.

     

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    Want to Start Your Own Law Practice?

    DEADLINE EXTENDED! The Vermont Bar Association and Vermont Law School invite you to apply to join Class #6 for the New Lawyer Incubator Project.  The project helps new lawyers transition into solo practice so they can provide legal services to people in underserved geographical areas in Vermont. A small grant will be provided to each new attorney to assist with law office set up expenses.  Other benefits include free one-year membership in the VBA, free admission to CLE programs offered by the VBA, the chance to audit one class per year at VLS, enrollment in the VBA’s lawyer referral service, and much more. Click the heading for more info!