The Vermont Supreme Court building on State Street in Montpelier celebrated its 100th birthday this month with a gathering of all three branches of state government and Vermont’s 14 counties.
A survey that evaluates the quality of each lawyer’s work awarded Heidi the highest overall ratings for all lawyers in her area of law and geographic region. Only one attorney is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each specialty and location. Best Lawyers is a national publication that lists high-ranking lawyers and law firms. Recognized lawyers evaluate other Vermont lawyers through a confidential survey process.
The BFS team enjoyed volunteering at the Vermont Foodbank in Barre, Vermont last month. Working from 9:00 until noon, we packed 525 boxes of non-perishable food for the Community Supplemental Food Program. This is a USDA nutrition program which offers free monthly nutrition information and healthy foods to income-eligible senior citizens. This program is looking for more Vermonters who need additional food. If you or someone you know needs food assistance, contact the Foodbank at 1-800-585-2265.
Our 525 boxes translates into 17,325 pounds of food or 14,437 meals for Vermonters facing hunger. This means that 525 older Vermont adults will receive good food this month. A box contains canned vegetables, canned fruit, cereals, milk, rice, beans, juice, and a nutritious beef stew.
During tax preparation time, many community action agencies in Vermont offer free tax filing assistance through the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Read on to find a free tax assistance location near you.
L to R: Governor Phil Scott with Kids’ Chance scholarship recipients, Andrea Tester and Ashlyn Evans.
What happens when a child loses a parent to a work-related fatality? How do families cope with a dramatic decrease in income because a parent cannot return to work due to an injury? In many cases, paying for higher education seems impossible. Kids’ Chance of Vermont is committed to providing scholarships to help children of injured or deceased workers to pay for their education at a time when their families cannot.
Constitution Day Presentation
With Vermont Supreme Court Justices
and Vermont Trial Judges
Wednesday September 20, 2017
Vermont Supreme Court
111 State Street, Montpelier
Enjoy a one-hour panel presentation providing a basic overview of the United States Constitution,
with a focus on the 14th Amendment.
It’s biking weather again and more kids are biking on our streets and around our neighborhoods. Using bicycle lights is an important way to help keep kids safe! On May 12 and 13, lawyers from the Vermont Association for Justice will be giving away bicycle headlights and tail lights to hundreds of Vermont kids.
The Vermont Association for Justice is a non-profit association of Vermont trial lawyers, dedicated to promoting public safety and protecting the legal rights of Vermonters. Members of the Association will be giving away and installing bicycle lights at the following local youth centers in Addison, Chittenden, Washington, and Windham Counties.
Attorney Ron Fox helped in the planning of this event and BFS is proud to support the Vermont Association for Justice.
Photo: Ashlyn Evans (second from left) receives a check for her college tuition from attorney Heidi Groff, vice president of Kids’ Chance of Vermont; Ron Fox, attorney at Biggam, Fox & Skinner who represented Ashlyn’s mother in her workers’ compensation claim; and attorney Keith Kasper, president of Kids’ Chance of Vermont.
Do you need help paying your child’s college tuition? Kids’ Chance of Vermont provides need-based college scholarships to children of injured workers. They’re taking applications right now and are actively looking for families who need help to send a child to college.
Three Vermont legislators from Washington County visited Barre’s pilot Drug Treatment Court this February as part of an event organized by Judge Mary Miles Teachout and Teri Corsones of the Vermont Bar Association to familiarize lawmakers with the judicial system in Vermont.
Vermont Foodbank CEO, John Sayles, stopped by the BFS holiday party to pick up our annual holiday donation. Thanks to the Foodbank for their untiring efforts to help those less fortunate in our community.
Attorneys and staff, left to right: Judy Richardson, Kelly Massicotte, Heidi Groff, Chris O’Neill, Danielle Hollstein, Ron Fox, Charilyn Williams, Scott Skinner, Pat Biggam, and John Sayles (Foodbank).