Statewide High School Mock Trial Program

The Vermont Bar Association was pleased to collaborate with the Unites States District Court for the District of Vermont, the Snelling Center for Government, and Vermont Law School to organize the First Annual Statewide High School Mock Trial Program this year. United States District Court Judge Geoffrey Crawford contacted high schools throughout the state last…

Out Like a Lion!

The near foot of heavy snow that fell on the last day of March did not deter us from our Mid-Year Meeting joy.  In fact, the word is that attendees had a roaring good time! One member noted: “This was one of the most enjoyable and delightful VBA meetings I’ve attended [and I’ve been to…

Spring Forth and Prosper!

Spring has sprung. Meaning, it has flown the coop.  Spring just wanted to make sure we really wanted it–for any of us who were sad when we realized skiing was over.  And shoveling.  Snow made its brief (it has to be brief, right?) reprise.  And soon Spring will be upon us again.  The vernal equinox…

What’s the Buzz?

Happenings and Tips for VBA Connect, week 3. Members are adapting quickly to our new online communities.  As with our prior listserve service, the most active section is the Property Law Section, with Family Law following close behind.   One of the added benefits of this new system is that you can check out and search what…

The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread!

“The best thing since sliced bread.”  What a revolutionary thing in 1928 when the first effective bread-slicing machine came out!  Wonder Bread used this as their ad slogan shortly thereafter.  Where would school lunches, picnics, toast and grilled cheese sandwiches be if not for this technological advance?  True, the technology made life easier, lunches faster,…

The future is NOW, well, by next week…

As promised, the VBA will be releasing our latest and most valuable new benefit: VBA Connect.   This new phase of member communications brings listserves to a higher level, allowing our members to engage, connect and share like never before.  Within a week, all of our members will be receiving an email from us, welcoming them…

Welcome Legislators!

Time for another “a picture is worth 1,000 words” blog!  The VBA hosted a Legislators’ Reception on January 18th in the Cedar Creek Room at the Statehouse.  The event was very well attended as the pictures demonstrate.  Hopefully the pictures also show the perfect mix of food, drink, smiles and meaningful conversations among the attendees. …

Congratulations to Beth Mann and Dave Fenster!

Governor Shumlin swore in, as Superior Court judges, both former VBA President and Addison County State’s Attorney, David Fenster and VBA Member and Rutland practitioner, Elizabeth Mann at the Statehouse in Montpelier today.  Shumlin remarked that Mann and Fenster were chosen because of their grace, dignity, compassion, commitment to the law and good judgment.  He…

Session’s Greetings!

What do this week’s snowy Vermont capitol scenes remind you of?  The holidays? Shoveling? The joy and privilege of being able to call beautiful Vermont home? For Bob Paolini, we’d venture to say they remind him that January 4, 2017 is just around the corner! As most of our members are probably aware, we’ve contracted…