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Your Member Advantage!
The VBA is the public face of your profession and your voice in policymaking. 

Enhance your Lawyering Skills through discounted CLEs, Meetings and Conferences -  Stay current in your practice area and get the latest on ethics, practice management and technology.  

Invaluable Lawyer Networking Opportunities through Section and Division participation and List Serves providing forums for learning, discussion and networking based upon your areas of interest.  List Serves Description and Use.

Expand Your Client Base - Become a panel member on the VBA Lawyer Referrral Service, a state-wide advertised referral service handling close to ten thousand calls a year.  

Passport to “Members Only” features on web site portal including:

Casemaker, a comprehensive on-line research library featuring Vermont state and federal court decisions, statutes, codes, rules of procedure, state agency decisions, advisory ethic opinions and more! VBA members have access to a huge library of materials from twenty-eight other states, including every New England jurisdiction.  Also included in the library are United States Supreme Court and Circuit Court of Appeals opinions, and a complete collection of state supreme court decisions. 

VBA online Attorney Directory, an up-to-date, real-time database of Vermont licensed attorneys. 

Advocacy – The VBA is your voice at the State Capital.  The VBA pursues a legislative agenda to enhance the practice of law and improve administration of justice.  As a member you have a voice in shaping the VBA’s legislative agenda to improve the practice of law for you and your clients.  The VBA tracks legislation daily and posts to the VBA BLAWG.

Personal Reward - participate in the many Pro Bono Opportunities the VBA has to offer.    Rule 6.1 of the Vermont Rules of Professional Conduct exhorts each of us to devote at least 50 hours of our professional time each year to the representation of indigent or low income clients.  While it is a struggle to build pro bono time into a busy practice, the rewards personally and to our system of justice are well worth the effort.  Click HERE for more information about our projects. 

Free PublicationsThe Vermont Bar Journal, a quarterly magazine containing scholarly substantive articles, reviews and columns of interest to all legal professionals.  It offers practice tools, profiles, intereviews and other entertaining and education information.

A desk copy of the VBA Directory -  A comprehensive listing of Vermont licensed attorneys and judges with address, phone, fax, email and websites information.  It also contains a complete listing of the Vermont Court system and local, state and federal offices frequently contacted by the legal professional.  The Directory also lists attorneys licensed in other jurisdictions and those who speak other languages.  A most valuable resource!  

The VBA eNews and CLE News –  biweekly electronic newsletters containing information and links to upcoming events and seminars, and news items of interest. 

The VBA Conference Room is available for your conference needs.  Contact tbaldwin@vtbar.org to reserve.

Make the VBA Web Site your homepage www.vtbar.org and keep abreast of upcoming events, read the latest Bar News, Visit our Job Center, Member News Areas and much more!


 Legal Research

VBA members have exclusive Access to CasemakerElite™, a comprehensive on-line research library featuring Vermont state and federal court decisions, statutes, codes, rulles of procedure, state agency decisions, advisory ethic opinions and much more.   CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

VBA members have access to a huge library of materials from twenty-eight other states, including every New England jurisdiction.  Also included in the library are United States Supreme Court and Circuit Court of Appeals opinions, and a complete collection of state supreme court decisions.

Members access CasemakerElite™® through the VBA's site, using their User Name and Password to enter the Casemaker Web Libary.  The search engine is as fast and permits natural language and Boolean searching.  Click HERE for an online user's manual. 

 CasemakerElite™ Helpdesk:   1-877-659-0801  helpdesk@lawriter.net

 


Insurance Needs

Timothy Clain
Pinnacle Financial
56 1/2 Merchants Row
Suite 306
Rutland, VT  05701
Phone:  800-200-5434
Fax:  802-773-7849
tclain@pfcbenefits.com
http://www.pfcbenefits.com/

Since the early 1990's Pinnacle Financial Corporation has partnered with the Vermont Bar Association to provide the VBA membership with a wide range of insurance products.  Benefits offered include, but are not limited to, health insurance, vision, dental, life and disability.  Pinnacle Financial also offers unique healthcare funding strategies and an exclusive prescription drug purchasing product that can save as much as 40% of your prescription drug costs.  Pinnacle  Financial is also certified in long term care and Medicare supplements.  Pinnacle Financial represents the Vermont bar membership, not an insurance company. 


Personal Insurance

www.libertymutual.com/VBA

Exclusive Group Savings for VBA Members!

Jonathan Hayward
28 Walnut St
Williston, VT  05495
Phone:  802-872-7778 ext. 52565
Fax:  802-878-8998
Jonathan.Hayward@LibertyMutual.Com
www.LibertyMutual.Com/JonathanHayward

Liberty Mutual Insurance offers a wide variety of insurance products inclulding Auto, Home, Renters, Snowmobile and Watercraft, coverage as well as Life and Annuity producs to meet your family's needs.  Liberty Mutual's affinity program is the industry's most-sponsored voluntary auto and home insurance benefit, with more than 13,000 affinity group relationships including the Vermont Bar Association. 

 


Retirement Program

 

PO Box 5142
ABA Retirement Program
Boston, MA  02206
Phone:  866-812-3580
www.abaretirement.com

Does your retirement plan offer no out-of-pocket expenses, professional fiduciary services, a broad range of investment options, and full-service administration? Ours does! The ABA Retirement Funds Program (the "Program") has been providing affordable 401(k) plans exclusively to the legal community for 49 years. The Program's bundled approach allows your firm to keep its focus on the success of the practice.  We provide you with trustee, record keeping, tax reporting, compliance testing, investment management, and participant communication services - all from a single source - at no additional cost to your firm. Maybe it's time to find out what's inside your 401(k). Call us at 866-812-3580 for a free consultation or visit www.abaretirement.com for more information and a prospectus.


Malpractice Insurance

ALPS
PO Box 9169
Missoula, MT  58907
Phone:  800-367-2577
Fax:  406-728-7416
dclark@alpsnet.com
www.alpsnet.com

In the mid 1980's heeding a call from fellow attorneys seeking reliable protection, Bob Minto responded by founding ALPS.   The attorney-centered professional liability insurance company emphasizes protection, stability and commitment to the legal community and now serves over 13,000 attorneys nationwide.  ALPS is rated A-(excellent) with a stable outlook by AM Best and is endorsed by more bar associations than any other insurance company, including the Vermont Bar Association.

 

Software Training

The Vermont Bar Association has partnered with KnowledgeWave to offer our members a special tuition rate for its Log on to Learn web based service that provides software training through video, step by step tutorials and quick reference guides.  This system was designed to compliment traditional classroom training in order to meet the needs of today's corporate training budgets.  Log on to Learn makes learning in the modern corporate environment self-paced, low cost and available anytime, anywhere.

Click HERE to Learn More about Log on to Learn.

Click HERE for Log on to Learn - VBA Program Pricing

Click HERE to Learn More about Additional Member Benefits.

Click HERE for Log on to Learn Subscription Registration Form.

For Additional Information Please Contact:

Mark Rickner
KnowledgeWave Training, Inc.
mrickner@knowledgewave.com
802-864-0456 x 111

 


PRACTICE NEEDS

Consulting Services

Arthur G. Greene Consulting, LLC is dedicated to providing personalized consulting services to small and mid-sized law firms to help our client's maximize the firm's potential and achieve their long range goals. Our services include helping to plan for succession, assessing law firm profitability and all aspects of running and managing a law office. With the aging of Bar members throughout the country, Arthur has written and published “Arthur Greene’s Practical Guide: Succession Plans for Law Firms and Rewards for Retiring Lawyers. It is available through the website. 

VBA Members receive a 10% discount off our fees!

Arthur G. Greene Consulting, LLC
Supporting and Advising the Legal Community
3 Executive Park Drive, Suite 9
Bedford, NH  03110
603-471-0606

www.arthurggreene.com


Shipping

http://www.savewithups.com/vba/

UPS is pleased to help members save time and money through special services and shipping discounts.  We put the power of logistics to work for you every day by providing speed, outstanding reliability and technology tools so you can focus on your business - not your shipping.

David Root
United Parcel Service
15 Arlington St.
Watertown, MA  02472
603-321-4741
droot@ups.com
www.ups.com

 


Credit Card Processing for Attorneys

 

Trust your transactions to the only payment solution recommended by over 60 bar associations.  Correctly safeguard and separate client funds and trust and operating accounts.  Funds are never commingled.  The ability to accept credit cards attracts clients, improves cash flow and reduces collections.  Plus, members save up to 25% off their credit card processing fees.  If you are considering accepting credit cards or want to confirm that your are processing credit card transactions correctly.,,,

Call 866-376-0950 or visit www.affiniscape.com/vtbar


Are you protecting your clients’ privacy online?  Send and receive secure email, large files and signature documents online without requiring your client to register for an account. VBA members can enjoy a FREE 6-Month Subscription.  No credit card required.  Visit www.SenditCertified.com/vba to get started now.

·        SenditCertified is simple, secure and always available.

·        Set up takes minutes, with no download or training required.

·        Send discovery items, motions, depositions – even signature documents – through an encrypted pathway so you know your client’s information is protected and E-SIGN compliant.

·        A monthly subscription provides unlimited use and costs less than sending just one envelope via FedEx or USPS Express Mail.

VBA members can view a free, recorded demo or sign up for a FREE 6-Month Subscription by visiting www.SenditCertified.com/vba.

 


The #1 cloud-based legal practice management system for solo and small firms; all members of the Vermont Bar Association receive a 10% lifetime discount on Clio.  Sign up today http://www.goclio.com/landing/vtbar/


Rental Car

Vermont Bar Assn Members can save up to 10% off your car rental with Hertz. Your discount CDP#85454 is the key!

Wherever your travel takes you, close to home or around the world, your CDP#85454 is the key to special savings. Be sure to include it in all of your reservations.  Click here for the lowest rates, specials offers and information about Hertz locations, vehicles or service http://link.hertz.com/link.html?id=27421&LinkType=HZLK&TargetType=Offers_overview

 Or call Hertz at 1-800-654-2210.


Affordable Legal Websites

The Vermont Bar Association has an alliance with EsqSites123.com to provide attorneys with low cost web site development and hosting packages.  As a member of the VBA, you are entitled to a 25% savings on website packages  .www. esqsites123.com/

ABA Publications Discount Program:  Your Vermont Bar Association membership entitles you to a 15% discount off the list price of any of the American Bar Association's more than 300 titles, whether or not you're a member of the ABA.  It's easy to do.  Shop at the ABA bookstore www.ababooks.org.  Use the VBA purchase Promo Code PAB9EVTB when making your purchase and the 15% discount will be applied to your total.

 

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