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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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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Where the Action Is!

If you aren’t on Facebook or Twitter, you probably aren’t seeing our real-time photos from our CLE events.  That, of course, is where the action is.  But if you are satisfied with yesterday’s news, unperturbed by the fact that what was “so last year” is now “so two hours ago,” don’t worry, we have you…

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Every Day Should Be Law Day.

ABA “Law Day” occurs every May, which often turns into law-month events.  Like our Constitutional Law Day, which morphed into constitutional month, we’d like to say that for us lawyers, Law Day is, and should be, every day! Enjoy this recap of the recent Law Day event in Rutland. The Rutland County Bar Association continued…

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Scenes from the Smolo!

VBA’s 7th Bi-annual Solo and Small Firm Conference (affectionately called, by a select few, the Smolo) was extraordinary, as usual.  The stunning, yet casual setting was a perfect backdrop for our quality CLE’s and fun networking events.  We were able to snap the above photo of our reception attendees. Conference attendees were able to make…

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