Heather Cooper appointed U.S. Bankruptcy Judge

Heather Cooper appointed U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Congratulations to Heather Cooper, partner in the firm Facey Goss & McPhee in Rutland, on her appointment as a United States Bankruptcy Judge following the retirement of Judge Colleen Brown. Here’s a LINK to the press release that the United Stated Courts for the Second Circuit issued announcing the…

 Client Security Fund MYM Vote

A vote regarding the Client Security Fund has been noticed for the Mid-Year Meeting on Friday, March 25, 2022.  Following is background information regarding the vote: The Vermont Bar Association established a Client Security Fund in 1958 to reimburse claimants for losses caused by the dishonest conduct of a lawyer. The Fund was the first…

2022 Pro Bono Service Award Winners

The Vermont Bar Association congratulates Attorneys Matthew Garcia, Joy Karnes Limoge, Sarah North and Laura Savall as the 2022 winners of the VBA’s Pro Bono Service Award The Pro Bono Award is given annually by the VBA’s Board of Bar Managers to laud lawyers who provide extraordinary legal services to indigent and disadvantaged clients in…

Congratulations to Judge Nancy Waples!

Governor Phil Scott has appointed Judge Nancy Waples to the Vermont Supreme Court. Judge Waples is a long-time VBA member, having participated in a number of CLE programs and VBA Trial Academies. She also served as the first Chair of the VBA Diversity Section. Here’s a LINK to the press announcement with more details. Judge…

VT Mentor Advice Program for New Lawyers

The VBA is pleased to offer a “Vermont Mentor Advice Program”,  pairing experienced Vermont lawyers with new lawyers practicing in Vermont and with lawyers newly-located in Vermont. We hope that it will be a helpful way to welcome new lawyers practicing in Vermont to the Vermont legal community, and for experienced lawyers to be able…

VBA Nominating Committee Report Issued

The VBA Nominating Committee met on December 10 and recommended that Judith Dillon become President-Elect of the VBA Board of Managers, that incumbents James Rodgers and Alfonso Villegas run unopposed and that there be one contested election for the remaining board seat: incumbent Kate Lamson vs. Lauri Fisher. (Lauri Fisher has subsequently withdrawn from the…

New Judicial Bureau Hearing Officer Sworn In!

New Judicial Bureau Hearing Officer Sworn In! Chief Justice Reiber administered the oath of office to Judge Charles Romeo, Vermont’s new Judicial Bureau Hearing Officer, at the Rutland County Courthouse on Monday. (The ceremony was also live-streamed for those unable to attend in-person.)  After welcoming Judge Romeo’s family, friends and colleagues to the ceremony, Chief…

Judicial Nomination Process Proposals – S.179

Judicial Nomination Process Proposals – S.179 S.179 has been scheduled for testimony next Thursday, February 3 at 10:45 am in Senate Judiciary. The bill proposes several significant changes to Judicial Nomination and Appointment processes, including (in part): making public the names that the JNB sends to the Governor; requiring the JNB to select not less…

Know a Pro Bono Attorney? Let Us Know!

Nominate a deserving and generous attorney for the VBA’s annual Pro Bono Service Award.  The Award is given each year to one or more attorneys who have devoted themselves in an outstanding and meritorious way to provide pro bono legal services to the poor and disadvantaged. Standards for the award reflect Rule 6.1 of the…