Raise Your Hand to Serve Vermont’s Deaf Community

Like the rest of the population, deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind clients need legal representation. As all attorneys are aware, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities.  This includes potential clients with hearing impairments.  That said, the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living (DAIL) maintains a roster…

Law Day, and Beyond, In Bennington County

The Bennington County Bar Association has a history of planning events with schools in their area to commemorate Law Day on May 1 and this year was no different. Organized largely by attorneys John Lamson and Cristina Mansfield, and Court Operations Manager Wendy Dickey, the County Bar helped bring legal professionals to speak with students…

Law Day at South Burlington High School

A group of legal professionals, led by assistant attorney general Alfonso Villegas, a member of the VBA Board of Managers, were at South Burlington High School on May 1, Law Day, to talk about the law to a group of high school students.  Panelists were Kyle Clauss (Legal Services Vermont), Jill Martin Diaz (Vermont Asylum…

Fee Dispute Service is Available Through the VBA

Do you and a client have a disagreement about your billed attorney’s fees? The VBA offers free services to resolve disputes over an attorney’s billed fees.  The free services include both mediation and arbitration, and are provided by the VBA Fee Dispute Committee (f/k/a the Fee Arbitration Committee) (the “Committee”) to those who choose to…

VBA ISSUES STATEMENT CONDEMNING ATTACKS ON JUDICIARY

  MONTPELIER, Vermont – The Vermont Bar Association joins the American Bar Association in condemning the continued attacks on judges and other members of our judicial system. The VBA is a non-profit and non-partisan organization that is committed to robust civil discourse and the exercise of First Amendment rights – but we will not, and…

Eighth Annual Mock Trial A Big Success

More than 100 students participated in the 2024 Mock Trial Competition at Vermont Law and Graduate School on April 6. Teams included Brattleboro Union High School, Hartford High School, Mt. Mansfield Union High School, Rutland High School, Champlain Valley Union High School, Randolph Technical Career Center and Southwest VT Career Center. The Vermont Bar Association…

2024 Mid-Year Meeting Recap

The VBA held its 2024 Mid-Year Meeting at the Burlington Hilton Lake Champlain on March 29. With about 240 attorneys, 40 Vermont judges, 21 sponsors (a post-pandemic record), and special guests, there were more than 300 people on hand for the big day. The weather cooperated, more or less – it was cold and windy…