Winter 2007 - #7. Officers and Directors of the Vermont Bar Foundation.


Vermont Bar Journal


Winter 2007 - #7.

Officers and Directors of the Vermont Bar Foundation


Officers and Directors of the Vermont Bar Foundation

The Vermont Bar Foundation is governed by and conducted under the direction of a thirteen-member, volunteer Board of Directors. Each member of the Board of Directors is committed to promoting equal access to justice for all. As a way of introduction to the Board members, a brief biography of each of the members follows.

Foundation Officers

Joseph F. Cahill, Jr., Esq., President: A partner in the St. Albans law firm of Brown, Cahill, Gawne & Miller, P.C., Joe is a graduate of Georgetown University Law School. Joe's is a general practice firm and his concentration in the practice is on forming and representing businesses, as well as school board representation, real estate representation, and nonpersonal injury litigation. Joe is also a member of the federal district court's ENE panel and of the State's Superior Courts mediation panel. In addition, Joe is a past member of the Vermont Professional Responsibility Board and is currently serving as a member of one of the PRB's assistance panels. Joe has lived in Vermont since 1972.

Hon. Marilyn R. Skoglund, Vice-President: An Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, Justice Skoglund read for the law. Prior to her 1997 appointment to the Supreme Court, Justice Skoglund served as a trial judge for three and one-half years. Justice Skoglund began her legal career in 1979 when she joined the Office of the Attorney General. In 1985, Justice Skoglund became Chief of the AG's Office's Civil Litigation and Administrative Division, and in 1992, she became its Chief of the Public Protection Division. Justice Skoglund has lived in Vermont since 1973.

Mike Marsh, Treasurer: The Board's resident banker, Mike is a 1963 graduate of Newport High School. From there, Mike participated in an apprenticeship program for cutting tools, graduating from the program in 1967. Mike worked for the Butterfield division of the UTD Corporation in its sales department for two years after his apprenticeship. In 1969, Mike began working for Community National Bank; he has been in the banking business ever since. In 1981, Mike graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Jennifer L. Wagner, Esq., Secretary: A graduate of Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts, Jennifer returned to Vermont in 1996. While at Northeastern, Jennifer received professional training through internships as a law clerk to Justice Denise Johnson of the Vermont Supreme Court, a legal assistant to the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, an advocate in the Mental Health Law Project of Vermont Legal Aid, and as a legal assistant at a Vermont law firm. Jennifer spent four years learning the intricacies of litigation and the Vermont court system as law clerk for the judges of the superior, criminal, and family courts of Rutland, Vermont. Since 2002, Jennifer has been a partner at Marsh & Wagner. In addition to being the Secretary for the Foundation, she is also the chairperson of its Grant and Publicity Committees.

Foundation Directors

Therese M. Corsones, Esq.: Teri received her law degree from Cornell Law School in 1982. Until her recent appointment as the manager of the Rutland Superior Court, Teri was in private practice for twenty-five years in Rutland as a partner of Corsones & Corsones. Teri has been an active member of various Rutland boards, including having served as the chair of the Vermont Human Rights Commission, having been a trustee of the Rutland Regional Medical Center, and having been the president of the Rutland Library Board of Trustees. She currently serves on the VBA Board of Managers, is chair of the Mendon Planning Commission, and is secretary/treasurer of the Rutland County Bar Association. Teri and her family live in Mendon.

Beth A. Danon, Esq.: Beth graduated from CUNY Law School at Queens College, a public interest law school, in 1987. After graduation, she clerked for Justice Frank G. Mahady of the Vermont Supreme Court. After many years of private practice, Beth became a supervising attorney at Vermont Protection & Advocacy, Inc., a nonprofit entity that is federally- and state-funded and that advocates for and protects the rights of persons with mental disabilities. Beth is currently a partner of Blackwood & Danon, P.C., in Burlington, Vermont. Her practice concentrates in the fields of employment, education, non-profit, personal injury, disability, discrimination, and civil rights law.

Jeanne Elias, Esq.: After graduating from Florida State University College of Law in 1979, Jeanne began her legal career in 1980 as a managing attorney with Legal Services of the Florida Keys. Thereafter, she focused on criminal prosecution throughout Florida-- first serving as an Assistant State Attorney and then serving as the Executive Statewide Prosecutor of Florida. From criminal work, Jeanne turned her focus to government environmental law; she was an Assistant General Counsel with the Enforcement Division of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and then an Assistant Regional Counsel with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in San Francisco, California. Jeanne relocated to Vermont in 2000 and continued her work in the area of environmental government law. For the past seven years she has served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Environmental Protection Division of the Vermont Attorney General's Office.

James C. Gallagher, Esq.: A native of Lyndonville, Vermont, Jim received his law degree from Cornell Law School where he was an editor of the Cornell Law Review. Upon his 1971 graduation, Jim joined Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC in its St. Johnsbury office. Now a director there, Jim is a civil litigator concentrating primarily on defense work. Jim recently served as the president of the VBA ('05-'06 term). He has also served as the president of the Lyndon Institute Board of Trustees, where he is currently a trustee. Jim is presently the Endowment Chair and an Executive Board member of the Green Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Michael R. Kainen, Esq.: Now the Executive Director of the Vermont Sentencing Commission, Mike spent the previous fourteen years in private practice concentrating on criminal defense work and bankruptcy law. While in private practice, Mike also served four terms as a representative in the Vermont House of Representatives, during which time he was a member of the Judiciary Committee, with three terms as its ranking member. Other committees upon which Mike has served include the Judicial Rules Committee and the Judicial Retention Committee. Additionally, Mike was a member of the Governor's Criminal Justice Cabinet. Mike is an alumnus of Vermont Law School having been awarded both a J.D. and M.S.L. in 1992.

Douglas L. Molde, Esq.: In addition to being a Foundation director, Doug is the Presidentelect of the VBA. Doug also chairs the Johnson Planning Commission, an organization to which he has volunteered his services for over twenty years. Previously, Doug was a member of the Green River Reservoir State Park Public Planning Advisory Group, an Associate Supervisor of the Lamoille County Conservation District, a member of the Lamoille River Watershed Council, and represented the Town of Johnson on the Lamoille County Planning Commission. Professionally, Doug began his legal career with Vermont Legal Aid, Inc., in 1971 after graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School. In 1977, Doug entered the private sector opening his own firm; that firm has become Molde, Black & Govoni, P.C. Doug's is a general practice including real property, landlord-tenant, Medicaid, elder, and municipal law. Doug lives in Johnson with his...

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