Why Not Pat Ourselves on the Back?

Seven Days recently ran a story entitled “Conservative Senator Peg Flory to Hang Up Her Spurs.” https://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/conservative-senator-peg-flory-to-hang-up-her-spurs/Content?oid=14090480  In the article, Flory was portrayed as outspoken, prepared, skilled, tough, fearless, logical and detail-oriented.  As VBA Past-President, Dan Richardson, pointed out on his Facebook page, one of the most compelling quotes in the article was in reference…

Scenes from our Mid-Year Meeting

A good time was had by all (we hope!) at our 61st Mid-Year Meeting!  Survey responses so far have been generally positive, especially with respect to the programming. We were so fortunate to have great attendance for our focused well-being tracks and our sexual harassment tracks, but also for our other substantive programs.  We heard…

Judge Megan Shafritz Sworn in Today

Congratulations to Megan Shafritz who was sworn in today by Governor Phil Scott at the Washington County Courthouse in Montpelier.  The court room was packed with friends and family, along with refreshments provided by the Washington County and Chittenden County Bar Associations.   First to speak on Megan Shafritz’s behalf was Deputy Attorney General, Joshua…

Scot Kline Ceremony Unaffected by Weather

Guests from near and far braved the snow storm and packed the Washington County Courthouse yesterday for the swearing-in ceremony for Scot Kline.  Governor Phil Scott kicked off the ceremony by recounting Scot Kline’s long history with the State, in AG and General Counsel positions.  The Governor joked that he had to appoint Kline because…

Congratulations to Newly Appointed Judge Barra

David Barra was sworn in by Governor Phil Scott at the Washington County today, February 21, 2018, on an uncharacteristically warm day.  The thoughtful ceremony was emceed by Montpelier attorney Paul Gillies.  Attorney Gillies opened with some statistics regarding judges sworn in in Vermont over time with a tongue-in-cheek statistic on Judge Barra’s likelihood of…

Well-Thawed Out!

Once again, the VBA YLD delivered with a spectacular Mid-Winter Thaw in Montreal!  Enjoy pictures from this year’s YLD Thaw, including pictures of the winning “Big Dog of Ethics” team rep; reception sponsor and speaker VLS Dean McHenry; seminar presenters, attendees and Exhibitors; a mid-Thaw blizzard and of course, Keynote Speaker Mitch Wertlieb of VPR! …

2017 Legislators’ Days Recap

The VBA was pleased to once again co-host with the Judiciary a series of Legislators’ Days in the courts in 2017. Starting with Rutland County in September and ending with Franklin County in December, state legislators were invited to visit courts on a specific date in each county. A typical Legislators’ Day involved welcoming participating…

What’s the Buzz? Take Two

It’s the holiday season, snow is all around and we are bombarded with the “bests” “worsts” “most” “biggest” what-have-yous of 2017.  So why not join the reflection party?!  2017 was chock full at the VBA.  For CLEs, we had:   Not only were the CLE’s plentiful and educational, they were the subject of tweets and ‘likes’…

Treadwell Sworn In

John R. Treadwell of Burlington was sworn in as Vermont’s newest Superior Court Judge before a standing-room-only crowd at the Washington County Courthouse on Friday, November 17. Judge Mary Morrissey provided opening remarks, commenting on the many experiences she shared with Judge Treadwell over the course of 20 years, working together first at the Chittenden…