May the Forest Be with You!

A CLE in the making in VBA Member Sarah Tischler’s mind since 1998, the Woodlands CLE this Wednesday was well worth the wait.  We had a packed room with a fully engaged audience who stayed nearly 30 minutes past the scheduled end.  While much of the meat of the CLE was in the discussions that…

Mindreading 101

Coming from private practice, I found that mindreading was never necessarily one of the mandatory skillsets for success.  Clients always told you want they wanted. Loudly, repeatedly, perpetually, urgently. Some mindreading of the judge could be helpful, but that skill was fleeting, especially for those who subscribe to the “legal realism” theory of jurisprudence.  In…

Where the Action Is!

If you aren’t on Facebook or Twitter, you probably aren’t seeing our real-time photos from our CLE events.  That, of course, is where the action is.  But if you are satisfied with yesterday’s news, unperturbed by the fact that what was “so last year” is now “so two hours ago,” don’t worry, we have you…

Every Day Should Be Law Day.

ABA “Law Day” occurs every May, which often turns into law-month events.  Like our Constitutional Law Day, which morphed into constitutional month, we’d like to say that for us lawyers, Law Day is, and should be, every day! Enjoy this recap of the recent Law Day event in Rutland. The Rutland County Bar Association continued…

Scenes from the Smolo!

VBA’s 7th Bi-annual Solo and Small Firm Conference (affectionately called, by a select few, the Smolo) was extraordinary, as usual.  The stunning, yet casual setting was a perfect backdrop for our quality CLE’s and fun networking events.  We were able to snap the above photo of our reception attendees. Conference attendees were able to make…

Justice Carroll’s Swearing-In Ceremony!

It was standing room only at the Vermont Supreme Court this morning as Justice Karen Carroll was sworn in to the Supreme Court.  Justice Eaton kicked off the ceremony with a bit of history about the Vermont Supreme Court, introducing himself as the newest, but not for much longer, appointment to the Court.  He then…

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…