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83 ABA Journal Vermont articles.

Divorcing husband can’t sue wife’s lawyers for alleged overzealous representation, court says

A divorcing husband who claimed his wife’s law firm ran up its legal bills with excessive discovery and unreasonable legal claims won’t be able to pursue his lawsuit alleging fraud…

Midnight motion wins almost immediate court order allowing public defender to see client

Denied access Aug. 7 to a jailed woman suspected of killing a state social worker and three relatives after losing a child-custody case, the Vermont defender general’s office swung…

Many courts close early Monday, plan to stay shuttered Tuesday as predicted monster snowstorm looms

As snow began falling Monday in what is forecast as a potential record-breaking blizzard in the Northeast, court officials joined those in charge of schools and other government offices in…

Man banned from school board meetings wins $147K settlement

A Vermont man banned from school board meetings for two years after he criticized the school district has agreed to a $147,500 settlement.

The settlement followed a September ruling by…

Law school gets $759K federal agriculture grant

Vermont Law School is getting a $759,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which provides funds to study legal issues related to agriculture.

The grant will fund a three-year…

Vermont law student and his mother die in murder-suicide

Called to a home for a welfare check in Amherst, New Hampshire, on Tuesday, police discovered the bodies of a Vermont law student and his mother.

Police say the student,…

Attorney pulls into ditch during traffic stop, is arrested after altercation over tow truck

June 12 was not a good day for Vermont lawyer Peter Martin.

Pulled over on a curve by a St. Albans police officer for having tinted windows on his Cadillac…

Food manufacturing associations challenge Vermont’s GMO labeling law

Four major manufacturing associations are seeking to invalidate Vermont’s law requiring manufacturers to disclose on labels when their products have genetically modified organisms.

The Burlington Free Press reported that…

DOJ says bar officials violate ADA by asking applicants too much about their mental health

Asking would-be lawyers standard questions about their mental health, including their history of diagnosis and treatment, could violate the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to the civil rights division of…

Spousal privilege doesn’t apply to woman testifying in same-sex partner’s murder trial, judge rules

Kentucky doesn’t allow same-sex marriages or civil unions, or recognize those that occur in other states.

But even if it did, that wouldn’t mean that a woman who prosecutors say…

Acquittal follows judge’s refusal to allow ‘timid’ prosecutor to reduce charge

Vermont jurors took only 40 minutes last Friday to acquit a woman of aggravated assault, a charge that even the prosecutor didn’t agree with.

Deputy Chittenden County State’s Attorney Paul…

19 ‘right to dry’ states outlaw clothesline bans; is yours among them?

Once upon a time, a clothesline was a standard feature of most back yards. But concern that publicly airing clean laundry attached with clothespins to a rope or wire was…

Law school sues insurer, seeks coverage of civil racketeering case

Liberty University School of Law has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to force its insurance carrier to defend the institution in an earlier civil racketeering case over a child-custody battle…

Public defender’s suit jacket deflects judge’s objection to client’s T-shirt

A public defender in Vermont handled an arraignment without his suit jacket Wednesday, after putting it on a client, backwards, to cover an offending T-shirt.

Attorney Doug Willey took action…

Vermont Law School Plans to Downsize Staff; Dean Says Nonlawyer Specialists Will Do More Legal Work

The field of health care has been transformed with more cost-effective treatment by nurse practitioners and physician assistants, and the legal field will follow with less work being done by…

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