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    Constitution Day 2017

    For the second year, the VBA has honored Constitution Day by hosting a panel presentation on the US Constitution, this year at the Vermont Supreme Court.  The presentation carried forward the ABA Law Day 2017 subject: The 14th Amendment.  We were extremely fortunate, and are equally grateful, to have hosted a stellar cast of presenters:  Justices Harold Eaton and Karen Carroll and Judges Robert Mello, Mary Miles Teachout and Timothy Tomasi. Click HERE for the full blawg, with pictures, and find out why every day should be Constitution Day!

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    Proposed Amendments to JNB Rules

    The Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules will meet on Monday, October 23 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 11 at the Statehouse, to consider proposed amendments to the Judicial Nominating Board Rules. A link to the proposed amendments is HERE. Anyone who would like to comment on the proposed amendments is asked to contact Erik Fitzpatrick, Legislative Counsel for the JNB, at efitzpatrick@leg.state.vt.us by the end of Friday, October 20th. Feel free to refer any questions about the proposed amendments to Erik, as well.

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    Hurricane Help with Online Pro Bono

    Once again, VBA President Mike Kennedy brings us the latest information on how to help hurricane victims.  In his blog, Mike reminds us of Vermont's Free Legal Answers program (vtfreelegalanswers.org) and how attorneys can answer legal questions online to help fulfill their pro bono aspirations.  This week, the Texas Supreme Court issued an order allowing attorneys from outside of Texas to provide limited legal services to victims and in response, the ABA Free Legal Answers program modified the Texas module to allow out-of-state attorneys to answer Harvey-related questions.  With Irma on its way, Florida's site will likely be opened up in a similar fashion.  Click HERE for Mike's blog with the links to Vermont's Free Legal Answers program and the Texas program.

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    Opening of the Term Events

    The Rutland County Bar Association and the Bennington County Bar Association recently held Opening of the Term events, to welcome incoming judicial officers for the new rotation. Click the heading for more!

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    It's Dues Renewal Time!

    Don't forget to renew your membership with the VBA to insure that there will be no interruption in your CaseMaker, VBA Connect and CLE registration services, among other benefits!  Why delay? Renew TODAY! 

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    A Little Bit of History

    Check out this week's blawg about admission to the bar in the 1800's!  For those of you not following our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts, you may not know that some very kind folks at Dartmouth College mailed to us what appears to be an original pamphlet from 1806 entitled “General Regulations for the Gentlemen of the Bar in the State of Vermont.”  Read on for more about the pamphlet.

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    Get Out There!

    We here at the VBA couldn't say it any better than President Mike Kennedy this week, so once again our news is his news!  Click HERE for Mike's list of happenings in Vermont this weekend.  The weather forecast is stellar, the beautiful foliage, in Vermont parlance, is 'right on time' and hard-working attorneys owe it to themselves to get out there!  Also, click the heading for his list of happy to-do's.

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    How to Help in Harvey's Aftermath

    VBA President, Mike Kennedy, posted in his blog some helpful information and links for folks who would like to find out ways to help those displaced or otherwise affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Click HERE for all the information.  Thanks President Kennedy and thanks in advance to all of our members who are volunteering and donating!