What’s New?, 18 VTBJ, Fall 2018-#24

AuthorTeri Corsones, Esq., Executive Director
PositionVol. 44 3 Pg. 24


Vol. 44 No. 3 Pg. 24

Vermont Bar Journal

Fall, 2018

VBA Annual Report 2017-2018

Teri Corsones, Esq., Executive Director

It’s a pleasure to report to you about VBA activities during 2017-2018.

Thanks to the generosity of so many lawyers and judges who are willing to share their expertise, the VBA was able to offer a full smorgasbord of CLE Programs covering the gamut of legal topics. Over 2,500 of you attended 248 live programs and watched 559 digital programs this past year. Many thanks to the amazing VBA section chairs who organized at least one CLE during the year at the Annual Meeting in September, at the Mid-Winter Thaw in January, at the Mid-Year Meeting in March, at the VBA Tech Conference in May, or during the numerous stand-alone programs held throughout the state. Please don’t hesitate to let us know what CLE offerings you’d like to see offered, or if you’d like to present!

We’re honored to work closely with all three branches of the Vermont Government, to ensure that your and your clients’ interests are well-represented. The VBA also serves as a resource when needed. Towards that end, we were pleased to co-host “Legislators’ Days” with the Judiciary in each of the fourteen counties throughout the Fall. County legislative delegations were invited to their local state courthouses to observe court hearings, and to meet with judicial officers and lawyer “ambassadors” from each division. Those events were followed by a VBA Legislators’ Reception in January and a VBA Legislators’ Breakfast in March that we hosted at the statehouse. The 2018 VBA Legislative Overview gives a summary of relevant legislation that was passed during the last legislative session, and is available on the VBA website. We’re grateful that VBA Government Relations Coordinator Bob Paolini will continue in that role in 2019. Many thanks also to the ambassadors, to the section chairs, and to many other members who offered invaluable testimony during the legislative session, when needed.

A continuing focus in the arena of public education was to encourage lawyer presentations in conjunction with Constitution Day in September. The VBA has now provided over 3,500 copies of “Pocket Constitutions” for lawyers and judges to distribute at presentations they give to school and civic groups throughout the state. We were pleased to organize a third annual Constitution Day Panel Presentation, with...

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