We the People (and other highlights)

Of course our 139th Annual Meeting was chock full of quality, informative and entertaining CLE’s.  That goes without saying.  We are so fortunate to have a dedicated and knowledgeable volunteer pool of members to choose from when organizing our annual meetings.  So first stop, in this post-meeting blog, is to give a HUGE thank you…

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Clio is Coming!

Clio is coming.  Ok.  It’s been here, but we will have a live rep at our annual meeting next week.  Come and meet her. She’s fabulous! What is Clio?  You may already know that they are one of our many affinity partners who offer a discount for VBA members.  But we are still being asked…

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Constitution Day 2017!

For the second year, the VBA has honored Constitution Day by hosting a panel presentation on the US Constitution, this year at the Vermont Supreme Court.  The presentation carried forward the ABA Law Day 2017 subject: The 14th Amendment.  We were extremely fortunate, and are equally grateful, to have hosted a stellar cast of presenters: …

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A Little Bit of History

August 30th marks the 50th anniversary of the appointment of Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to be appointed to the US Supreme Court.   Thurgood Marshall stayed on the bench for 24 years before retiring for health reasons.  An admirer of the Constitution as a youth, he applied to attend the University of Maryland School…

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Summer in Full Bloom!

Montpelier continues to deliver.  The annuals at the capital and the gigantic hydrangeas are decked out at the capitol building.  Take a stroll, you won’t be disappointed.  Enjoy Vermont’s beautiful but fleeting summer as winter will be here before we know it!  And save the date for our Annual Meeting October 12thand 13th at the…

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Beyond Where the Sidewalk Ends…

While walking today, I came to the place where the sidewalk ends.  Literally. Somehow, I expected it to be a bit more magical and welcoming.  But perhaps I was looking at it from the perspective of a jaded, tired adult, and not as Shel Silverstein imagined it through the eyes of children.  A child would…

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VBA’s First Annual Trial Academy a Success!

Thanks to the invaluable contributions of many, including presiding judges from the federal, state and Vermont Supreme Court benches; Vermont Fellows from the American College of Trial Lawyers; VBA Young Lawyers Division members and volunteers from the Consumer Assistance Program and the Vermont Law School, the 1st Annual VBA Trial Academy was roundly applauded by…

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Meet Me in Montpelier!

Past President Dan Richardson recently shared a link on Facebook linking an articlein the Boston Globe about how perfect Montpelier is for Bostonians to take a weekend sojourn.  Between all the food, sights, friendly faces and outdoor activities, it really is a perfect weekend getaway.  Just passing my one-year anniversary here at the VBA, I…

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May the Forest Be with You!

A CLE in the making in VBA Member Sarah Tischler’s mind since 1998, the Woodlands CLE this Wednesday was well worth the wait.  We had a packed room with a fully engaged audience who stayed nearly 30 minutes past the scheduled end.  While much of the meat of the CLE was in the discussions that…

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Mindreading 101

Coming from private practice, I found that mindreading was never necessarily one of the mandatory skillsets for success.  Clients always told you want they wanted. Loudly, repeatedly, perpetually, urgently. Some mindreading of the judge could be helpful, but that skill was fleeting, especially for those who subscribe to the “legal realism” theory of jurisprudence.  In…

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