What’s New, 20 VTBJ, Fall 2020-#26

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Vol. 46 No. 3 Pg. 26

Vermont Bar Journal

Fall, 2020

Updates from the VBA

Despite the need once again to go virtual, we had over 200 people attend one or more of our Annual Meeting programs this year. One thing that is new, unfortunately, is no networking pictures! We are so looking forward to the day where we can see you all again in person. But we want to thank all of our loyal members, sponsors and presenters for supporting the VBA and participating in this year’s virtual Annual Meeting, making it a success. Our small staff brought over 22 credits of CLE’s to our members via webinar for this year’s Annual Meeting.

Survey results have been very positive, with two of our favorite comments being: (1) I really do believe that the topics and panelists you set up for this meeting were the best substantive topics I’ve ever attended at ANY conference or bar meeting to date and I’m more than happy to complete the questionnaire. That you could do this in the midst of a pandemic is stunning; and (2) I also attended the ABA meeting. The VBA meeting was far better. Technology was better. Speaker’s use of technology was better. Well done VBA! Not to say that our meeting was tech-glitch free, but we were fortunate to have very little disruption by the way of technological glitches.

As we go forward this winter with more virtual programming such as Real Estate Law Day, Elder Law Day, Bankruptcy Annual Holiday CLE, Family Law Series, Tech Week and the like, we wanted to respond to one common feedback theme about the meeting format. Some commented that the meetings with no participant list felt impersonal or lonely. Rest assured, if you attend a VBA virtual meeting and it looked like no one else was there, chances are that meant there were 50 or more participants, and we utilized the standard webinar format rather than the zoom meeting-type format.

Just like any large national webinars you may have...

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