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 (Lauri Fisher has subsequently withdrawn from the…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…

VT Mentor Advice Program

The VBA is planning to offer a “Vermont Mentor Advice Program” to new lawyers in Vermont, pairing experienced Vermont lawyers with new lawyers. We hope that it will be a helpful way to welcome new lawyers to the Vermont legal community, and for experienced lawyers to be able to share their knowledge and experience with…