Pursuits of Happiness Doug Disabito, State’s Attorney & Dancing Star

Publication year2024
CitationVol. 49 No. 1
Pursuits of Happiness Doug DiSabito, State’s Attorney & Dancing Star
Vol. 49 No. 1 Pg. 8
Vermont Bar Journal
January 2024

Interview by Kim Velk, Esq.

PURSUITS OF HAPPINESS

Doug DiSabito, State’s Attorney & Dancing Star

KSV: Hi Doug - and thanks so much for agreeing to talk with us about your "Pursuits of Happiness." As you know, for this feature, we interview attorneys with interests outside of the practice of law that help keep them balanced or provide fulfillment. You were nominated by Court Administrator Teri Corsones for your big success with the Burlington Dancing With the Stars contest back in September. You're a "star" as the longtime State's Attorney for Grand Isle County. I want to hear all about that, but let's start with your beginnings. Can you tell me about your origins? Where are you from?

DD: First off, I want to sincerely thank Teri Corsones for nominating me. That was so kind of her. I grew up in Rutland, Vermont. I have one older brother. I attended Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Rutland, and later Castleton State College.

KSV: Did you have your sights set on being an attorney in your formative years? When did you get on that path?

DD: I had always wanted to be an attorney but started my work career in hospitality. It was not until I left Rutland in 1999 and moved to northern Vermont that I really became serious about pursuing law.

KSV: Your path to your law license was a little unconventional, wasn't it? Can you tell me how you got to where you are?

DD: There is but one law school in Vermont—Vermont Law School in South Royalton. It was too far for me to attend, and as of 2002, I had a mortgage and could not afford a traditional law school. I was aware of Vermont's Law Office Study ("LOS") Program, but really wanted my Juris Doctor. I located Concord Law School—the nation's very first

online law school. While it was not ABA accredited, it was recognized by the State of California, and allowed graduates to sit for the California Bar Exam. When I graduated with my JD in 2007, the Vermont Board of Bar Examiners allotted me 2 years credit towards the four-year LOS program. I then completed my remaining LOS under two separate Judges.

KSV: Tell me about how you made your way to the Islands.

DD: I moved to Burlington on November 30, 1999. On December 31, 1999 (Y2K) I met my now husband, David FitzGerald, who resided in Grand Isle County. I shortly moved there to be with him. We have been together 24...

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