The VBA was pleased to once again co-host with the Judiciary and the county bar associations a series of Legislators’ Days in the courts in 2019. Starting with Addison County on October 9 and ending with Lamoille County on December 11, state legislators were invited to visit courts on a specific date in each county.
A typical Legislators’ Day involved welcoming participating legislators with coffee and breakfast and providing them with the day’s court calendars. Bar ambassadors and/or VBA Executive Director Teri Corsones accompanied legislators to whatever court hearings they selected for the morning. If judges’ schedules allowed, they met with legislators in chambers to talk about what the legislators had observed. A luncheon attended by the legislators, all the judicial officers, bar ambassadors from each division and court personnel followed over the noon hour.
Many legislators commented on how helpful it was to them to be able to observe court hearings, and to see live results of legislation they’d voted on. They were also especially appreciative of the chance to visit with judges and bar members, to ask questions and to get information about issues affecting the courts and the bar. Legislators were invited to observe court hearings in the afternoon, as well. Many thanks to the bar ambassadors for participating in Legislators’ Days, and for their willingness to serve as resources to their area legislators when questions arise during the upcoming legislative session.