Spring is Fleeting!

Hope may spring eternal but Spring, against hope, is ephemeral.  Perhaps if you consolidate our several bursts of false Spring this year, poking out here and there between snow storms, it will equate to one full Spring.  Today, it feels like summer.  So maybe last week WAS Spring?  No, Spring will return on Friday, but…

Quiz for the Day

Name three technological landmark events linked to May 16th One: on May 16, 1862, Jean Joseph Étienne Lenoir built the first automobile.  Lenoir was a Belgian engineer who developed the internal combustion engine in 1858. His first automobile was capable of 3 kilometers per hour and looked something like this: Two: on May 16, 1960…

ABA Day in Washington

L to R Vermont in DC: President Dan Maguire, Representative Peter Welch, ABA Board member Fritz Langrock, VBA ED Teri Corsones and President-Elect Gary Franklin President Dan Maguire, President-Elect Gary Franklin, Executive Director, Teri Corsones and ABA Board of Governors member, Fritz Langrock all traveled to Washington, DC this week for the American Bar Association’s…

Legislators Coffee 2018

The VBA was once again happy to host a legislators coffee in the Statehouse cafeteria last week.  Hosting included coffee, donuts, pocket constitutions and of course, the undoubtedly world-famous (or at least Vermont-famous) apple bread pudding made by our Executive Director Teri Corsones.  Six trays of the apple-rich treat were happily and gratefully devoured by…

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…