Trial Academy 2022 – Together Again

After two-years of virtual trial academies occurring in cyber space, some sixty participants were able to meet again in-person at Vermont Law School for a full day of work on trial skills on Friday, July 29. A beautiful summer day was the backdrop for the program which gave lawyers a chance to present a variety…

YLD Mixer Set for July 27 in Brattleboro

The Young Lawyer’s Division is hosting a mixer next Wednesday (7/27) in Brattleboro at the Saxton’s River Distillery, 155 Chickering Dr, Brattleboro.  You can leave work and go straight there as it’s scheduled to run from 5-7 PM. It’s all-outdoor, and attendees get the first drink courtesy of CVG (that’s Costello, Valente & Gentry, PC),…

Trial Academy 2022 – A Place to Practice or, for the Court-Averse, a Safe Place to Get Experience

The Vermont Trial Academy is back live and in-person this year on July 29 at Vermont Law School.  After two years of remote sessions, practitioners, judges, actor-witnesses, and law-school-student timekeepers, will gather to hone trial skills and share wisdom.  (They will, importantly, also be sharing coffee and lunch). Participants will be expected to prepare 7-minute…

VBA Executive Director Position

  The Vermont Bar Association is seeking candidates for the position of Executive Director.  This is a policy leadership and administrative position responsible for leading, managing and executing the affairs of the 2,270 member Vermont Bar Association under the direction of the President and Board of Bar Managers. The ideal candidate will have a JD degree (preferred…

VBA Legislative Overview – 2022

  The VBA followed a number of bills affecting the bar and the courts during this unusual “hybrid” legislative session. Below is a brief summary of those that have been enacted to date in act number order, followed by other bills of interest. Please note that a number of the bills have July 1, 2022…

Remote Hearings Bar Survey – June 10 Deadline

The Special Advisory Committee on Remote Hearings is preparing a report for the Vermont Supreme Court regarding the future of remote hearings in Vermont state courts. A special survey has been devised to gather input from the bar on this important topic. Below is a message from the Committee’s Chair, Scott Griffith, about the survey…

Judge Dan Richardson’s Swearing In Ceremony

The Honorable Daniel P. Richardson was sworn in as a Superior Court Judge at the Vermont Supreme Court Building in Montpelier on May 20. Judge Richardson’s friend and former law partner, Gerry Tarrant welcomed the packed and admiring courtroom of family, friends and colleagues by thanking them for sharing in such a special occasion. Noting…