Poverty Law Attorney

Vermont Legal Aid seeks a full-time attorney in our St. Johnsbury Office.  Responsibilities include individual and systems advocacy in a variety of forums on behalf of low-income and disadvantaged clients.  Casework is primarily in the area of housing, family, government benefits, consumer and heath law.  Applicants must have excellent written and oral communication skills and demonstrated experience in public interest law, civil rights law or legal services.  Some in-state travel required.   Applicants must be admitted to practice in Vermont, eligible for admission on motion, or plan to take the bar exam in July 2016.

Starting salary is $45,390 plus D.O.E. with excellent fringe benefits. 

Application deadline: June 1, 2016.

Application Submission Instructions: Your application should include the following four components, in order, sent as a single PDF.  The PDF document should be entitled “YourLastName YourFirstName.pdf”.  Applications must be emailed to Eric Avildsen, Executive Director, c/o with the subject line “Poverty Law Project Attorney Application 2016”.

Application Components:

1. Cover Letter

Your cover letter should address how you believe your knowledge, training and experience prepare you for success in this position.  Why are you are interested in working on poverty issues in rural Vermont?  How can you help us respond to the needs of our increasingly diverse population?

2. A Current Resume

3. References

Please provide the phone numbers and email addresses of three academic or professional references.  

4. Writing Sample 

Please provide a sample of expository writing.  While there is no page limit, excerpts of long briefs or articles are sufficient.   

Vermont Legal Aid is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building cultural competency in order to effectively serve our increasingly diverse client community. We encourage applicants to share in their cover letter how they can further this goal.

Visit our website for more information.

Ellis Boxer & Blake PLLC, a regional law firm headquartered in Springfield, Vermont, seeks an attorney to join its civil litigation practice.  The position requires prior relevant experience and/or exemplary academic credentials, demonstrated research and writing ability, and strong recommendations.   Current license to practice law in Vermont or genuine intention and ability to become licensed in Vermont at earliest opportunity are required.  New York or New Hampshire license and experience will receive favorable consideration.  

Kindly respond to Ellis Boxer & Blake PLLC, c/o Denise M. Smith, P.O. Box 948, Springfield, VT 05156-0948 or via email to – please use Attorney Search in subject line. 




Attorney needed in the Franklin County Public Defender’s Office, St. Albans, Vermont. Busy and rewarding trial practice. Current Vermont Bar licensure or ability to waive-in required. Must be able to work independently and as part of a legal team that handles a very demanding caseload. Full-time, entry-level position with State benefits.

Email cover letter and resume by Monday, June 6th to Mary Deaett, HR & Program Administrator @


(posted 5/16/16)


Associate Attorney Needed

Busy South Burlington office with immediate need for Vermont-admitted attorney with 2-5 years litigation experience. Personal injury, criminal defense, family law, and worker’s compensation caseload for skilled self-starter. Competitive salary/benefits. Cover letter and resumes can be submitted to Richard R. Goldsborough, Esq., Kirkpatrick & Goldsborough, PLLC, 1233 Shelburne Road, Suite E-1, South Burlington, VT 05403,

(posted 5/13/16)

Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C., is offering an entry to mid-level associate the exceptional opportunity to join the firm’s busy and renowned trusts and estates practice. 0-3 years experience. The individual hired for this position will work closely with the partners in the firm’s trusts and estate practice and will gain experience and responsibility for drafting various trusts, administration of trusts and probate estates, charitable plans, estate and tax plans, and interactions with clients.  Applicants should have a strong academic background, excellent writing skills, and the desire and aptitude to grow into and manage a practice which is highly client-centered.  Experience/education in estate/gift tax matters and income tax a plus.  Non-legal experience in tax and demonstrated client relations a plus.  Please email resume, transcript, list of references, and writing sample to




The Vermont Bar Association and Vermont Law School are partnering on an incubator project to help new lawyers transition into solo practice and provide legal services to underserved people and geographical areas in Vermont.

The Project will run 18 months in 2016-17 and will involve 3 new lawyers, existing staff of VLS and VBA, 3 attorneys in the 2015-16 Incubator class, and volunteer seasoned lawyers.  This group will oversee the development of each new lawyer’s practice skills, and set up CLE trainings and mentorship opportunities.   Project lawyers will be linked via list serve and will meet frequently for peer review via phone and in-person.  Lawyers will move through a series of tasks and trainings over the course of their 18 month involvement with the program, at the end of which they should have established a profitable solo or small firm practice in one of the underserved areas of Vermont.  

A small grant will be provided to each new attorney to assist with law office set up expenses.  

If you are interested, submit an application to Mary Ashcroft ( ) and Margaret Barry ( ) by no later than Friday, May 13, 2016.


Each lawyer will be expected to set up his or her own law office in a geographic area of the state where that lawyer plans to settle.  Ideally, the new lawyers will have a clear presence in their chosen community.  

Each lawyer will develop a complete business plan/strategic plan.

Each lawyer will obtain his or her own professional liability insurance.

Each lawyer will provide computer hardware, software and internet connections.   

Each lawyer will have been admitted to practice in Vermont prior to the beginning of his/her incubator term. This includes passing the Vermont bar exam, completing the character and fitness requirements, and finishing the 3-month clerkship.  Applicants may apply and be conditionally admitted prior to passage and completion of their admission requirements.  Applicants needing to complete their clerkship will be matched with practitioners willing to be supervising attorneys. 

Each lawyer will commit to take at least 4 pro bono and 4 low bono/reduced fee cases during the 18 months in the Project; total time devoted should comply with rule VRPR 6.1 standards.

Each lawyer will commit to settle in and practice law in Vermont as primary employment and will not actively seek other legal employment while in the Project.


Submit a letter of interest, stating that you are committed to developing a practice and serving underserved Vermont residents and geographical areas.  In the letter, outline your business plan, state where in the state you plan to practice, what area of the law you may concentrate in, and how you think the incubator project can help you in meeting your goals.  Include in the letter whether you have been admitted to practice in Vermont or where you are in the process.  

The Advisory Committee will make its decisions about who will be the first lawyers in the incubator on or about June 1, 2016.  Only 3 new lawyers will be chosen. 

(posted 5/6/16)


Attorneys Wanted
Public Defense and Assigned Counsel Contract Positions

The Office of the Defender General is searching for attorneys to provide Public Defense and Assigned Counsel services under contract throughout the State of Vermont for Fiscal Year 2017, commencing July 1. These legal services are available to indigent defendants charged with crimes with the possibility of jail, to parties in juvenile proceedings in Family Court, in appellate cases before the Vermont Supreme Court, and in post-conviction relief cases. Contracts include:

Serious Felony Unit services.

Public Defense caseload relief services.

Assigned counsel services in all counties throughout the state. Assigned counsel contractors provide quality legal services to persons entitled to be represented by a public defender, in cases in which the public defender in the county has a conflict of interest. These contracts range from a very small caseload in only criminal or juvenile cases, to full-time contracts covering both caseloads.   

Assigned Counsel appellate services.

Assigned Counsel post-conviction relief services.

Assigned Counsel Coordinator services.

Qualifications for public defense and assigned counsel contracts are current admission to the Vermont Bar, handicap accessibility to the practice, and a demonstrated ability to provide high quality representation with an emphasis on trial practice and courtroom skills while managing a heavy caseload. The contracts are performance based and provide for a monthly payment based on historical caseload. 

For further information, including current rates of compensation and caseload statistics, please contact the Office of the Defender General (802-828-3160), or  The Office of the Defender General is an equal opportunity employer. 

Send resume and cover letter to: 

Matthew Valerio, Defender General
Office of the Defender General
6 Baldwin Street, 4th Floor
Montpelier, VT 05633-3301
or e-mail to

(posted 4//29/16)

Busy law firm is looking for entry level attorney with VT license, dual license with RI, NH, ME, CT or MA is preferred but not required. You must have excellent communication skills and the ability to handle large volume litigation, which includes but is not limited to review and signing of pleadings and making court appearances.

Requirements - Drug Free Workplace.  

No phone calls - apply online only.  All resumes to be sent to

(posted 4/13/16)


Immediate need for attorney in Montpelier to work on activities related to (1) the July bar exam; and (2 the attorney relicensing & CLE reporting period.  This is a temporary position @ $35/hr for 15-20 hours per week. Must be able to work independently and quickly master bar admission and licensing processes. Will provide legal support to public boards for bar exam and licensing and manage correspondence with attorneys and bar applicants. If interested, send resume to

(posted 4/13/16)



Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC seeks an experienced corporate/commercial attorney to join its Lebanon office. The ideal candidate will be licensed to practice in New Hampshire, have a portable book of business with compatible clients and have a minimum of ten years of experience in corporate/commercial law. The ideal candidate will also be active in the New Hampshire business and civic community and be committed to growing DRM’s regional presence. Relevant experience would include the formation of corporations, limited liability companies and other business organizations, commercial loan transactions, equity financings (including private equity and venture capital) and mergers and acquisitions (including sales of stock and assets, management buyouts, recapitalizations and reorganizations). Experience with ESOPs, B-corps or other focused practices would be highly valued. Please reply to:

(posted 4/12/16)


Town of Wilmington

Request for Qualifications


The Town of Wilmington is requesting proposals from qualified law firms and/or individuals to represent the Town in diverse legal matters. 

See full RFQ on the Town’s website:

Proposals should be submitted to Scott Murphy, Wilmington Town Manager, PO Box 217, 2 East Main St, Wilmington, VT 05363; or electronically to and received by 4:00 pm on Friday, May 13, 2016. All responses will be considered public records and subject to Vermont’s Public Records Act.

(posted 4/12/16)

Merritt & Merritt - Senior Corporate Associate

Boutique corporate law firm located on the Burlington waterfront seeks an experienced, personable and intelligent individual to fill full-time senior corporate associate position.   Tasks will include assisting clients to structure, negotiate and close sophisticated corporate transactions, including debt and equity financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions and other similar business transactions. Experience in intellectual property matters a plus. 

Candidates for this position must have a Juris Doctorate degree and have at least two (2) years of prior private practice work experience with corporate transactions.  Ideally, candidates will possess extensive experience working on private placement transactions and/or mergers and acquisitions. 

 Successful candidates must have a strong work ethic, be well organized, detail-oriented, and possess excellent contract drafting skills and general knowledge of securities laws.    

Please send resume and references to Linda Dissinger at

(posted 4/11/16)


Attorney needed in the Rutland County Public Defender’s Office, Rutland, Vermont. Busy and rewarding trial practice. Current Vermont Bar licensure or ability to waive-in required. Must be able to work independently and as part of a legal team that handles a very demanding caseload. Full-time, entry-level position with State benefits.  Anticipated start date approximately July 1, 2016

Email cover letter and resume by Friday, May 6th to Mary Deaett, HR & Program Administrator @

(posted 4/8/16)

Title Counsel (part-time) - Vermont Attorneys Title

Vermont Attorneys Title Corporation has immediate opening for part-time Title Counsel position (25 hours per week, plus or minus). The successful applicant will have three or more years of relevant real estate experience. Submit letter of interest, with salary requirements, in confidence to: Andy Mikell, VATC, P.O. Box 1101, Burlington, VT 05402 or via email with “Title Counsel Position” in the Subject Line to:

(posted 3/30/16)

Office Manager/Paralegal:

Accounts payable, accounts receivable

Client Trust Accounts

Bank reconciliations

Time and billing system

Payroll reporting to payroll service

Incoming and outgoing mail

Document management

Preparation of legal documents

Maintain client and firm files

Backup data tapes

Notary Public

We are looking for a replacement as I am retiring and moving out of state.

Competitive salary and benefits.

Please email resume to Kelly McFarline at

Plante & Hanley, P.C.
82 Fogg Farm Road
PO Box 708
White River Junction, VT  05001-0708 

(posted 3/28/2016)


Paralegal – Merritt & Merritt

Corporate/Securities/IP  Paralegal

Boutique law firm with offices in Burlington, VT and Manchester, NH  seeks an experienced, personable and intelligent individual to fill full-time paralegal position based at the Firm’s offices overlooking Lake Champlain in Burlington, VT.   Tasks include organization of business entities, maintaining corporate records and making related filings, patent, trademark and copyright filings and calendaring, and generally assisting the Firm’s lawyers with mergers, acquisitions, equity offerings, other business transactions as well as intellectual property matters.        

Candidates for this position preferably have a 4 year bachelor’s degree and prior work experience.  Successful candidates must be have a strong work ethic, be well organized, detail oriented, and possess excellent oral and written communication skills, and have the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.  Prior paralegal experience (preferably corporate) is a plus but is not required.  Candidates must be proficient with Microsoft Office (e.g. Outlook, Word and Excel).  

Please send resume and references to Linda K. Dissinger, Practice Development Manager, Merritt & Merritt  at 

(posted 3/28/16)