Friday, June 1, 2018

Celebrate Our Authors!

In our regular Vermont Bar Journal column, Pursuits of Happiness, we have been highlighting the talents and passions of our members, outside of the practice of law.  We’ve been fortunate to find varied bents among our Vermont attorneys, like singers, runners, photographers, mushroom foragers, martial artists, law firm sports teams and ping-pong champions. To date, we have not interviewed any subjects about writing pursuits, perhaps because good writing is so integral to law practice itself.  But what about lawyers who take writing to the next level? Again, Vermont delivers. Two long-time VBA Member attorneys have been published and are hosting book launches in the next two weeks!

Coincidentally, the first author has already been the subject of our Pursuits of Happiness column for his ping-pong pursuits. Montpelier lawyer, Bernie Lambek, has published a novel entitled Uncivil Liberties, reviewed in our last Bar Journal.  Read the book review and the publisher’s summary about a complex mystery, infused with equally complex legal and moral principles that divide a community, on the website:  Bernie will be at Bear Pond Books on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 7pm for his book launch, complete with refreshments and an introduction by author Howard Norman.

Recently retired Burlington attorney, James Dunn, also has a book launch event, scheduled for Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 7pm at Phoenix Books in Burlington.  James Dunn’s book, Breach of Trust: The Ethics Scandal that Challenged the Integrity of the Vermont Judiciary, covering what was known in the 80’s as the “Wheel Saga” or “Wheel-gate,” lays out this dark chapter in Vermont’s judicial history in great detail.  With a forward by Jeffery Amestoy and large cast of real-life well-known figures, the book is a must read for Vermont attorneys and those interested in the operation of the justice system.

Why not join your colleagues and celebrate our authors on June 5th and 12th!

As always, please contact Jennifer at if you would like to nominate yourself or a fellow VBA member to be interviewed for our Pursuits of Happiness column.  No talent, hobby or passion is either boastful or insignificant.  We just want to celebrate and share what makes you happy!

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