Biden Nominates Mary K. Lanthier to Vermont Federal Bench

When U.S. District Court Judge Geoffrey Crawford announced his intention to retire from the federal bench in Vermont last year, the VBA worked with the offices of Senators Bernie Sanders and Peter Welch to convene a joint Judicial Nomination Advisory Panel to screen candidates and make recommendations to the senators, who made a final recommendation…

Law Day in Washington County

On May 21, as part of the ongoing recognition of Law Day in Vermont, a group of Washington County legal professionals gathered in the library of Montpelier High School to demonstrate the law in action.  Nearly 50 students of teacher Jerry Tillotson’s history classes participated.  The students met with Judge Timothy B. Tomasi, currently the…

Raise Your Hand to Serve Vermont’s Deaf Community

Like the rest of the population, deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind clients need legal representation. As all attorneys are aware, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities.  This includes potential clients with hearing impairments.  That said, the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living (DAIL) maintains a roster…

Law Day, and Beyond, In Bennington County

The Bennington County Bar Association has a history of planning events with schools in their area to commemorate Law Day on May 1 and this year was no different. Organized largely by attorneys John Lamson and Cristina Mansfield, and Court Operations Manager Wendy Dickey, the County Bar helped bring legal professionals to speak with students…

Law Day at South Burlington High School

A group of legal professionals, led by assistant attorney general Alfonso Villegas, a member of the VBA Board of Managers, were at South Burlington High School on May 1, Law Day, to talk about the law to a group of high school students.  Panelists were Kyle Clauss (Legal Services Vermont), Jill Martin Diaz (Vermont Asylum…

Fee Dispute Service is Available Through the VBA

Do you and a client have a disagreement about your billed attorney’s fees? The VBA offers free services to resolve disputes over an attorney’s billed fees.  The free services include both mediation and arbitration, and are provided by the VBA Fee Dispute Committee (f/k/a the Fee Arbitration Committee) (the “Committee”) to those who choose to…