Monday, April 1, 2019

Rain, Sleet AND Snow!

Rain, sleet AND snow did not keep us from having a successful, fun and educational Mid-Year Meeting at Lake Morey! Despite the weather and travel delays, the event did live up to its expectations.  The CLE’s were various and plentiful and the networking never ceased.  Tackling lawyer well-being head on, Mike Kennedy and Chief Justice Reiber gave a sobering yet hopeful presentation on wellness, complete with hearty audience participation.  The reception and pub-style quiz kept the ethics audience engaged and had people talking about it well into the evening at the resort pub. 

If engagement is a sign of success, then our Implicit Bias presentation on Friday morning was equally successful as many members shared and commented throughout the seminar.  Survey results are still pouring in, but the Implicit Bias seminar generated responses like “enlightening,” “tremendous,” “piqued my interest” and “well done and insightful.” The remainder of the day was also chock full of quality and timely CLE offerings.  Said one survey respondent “I found multiple sessions I wanted to attend in each time slot. I hated having to choose, but I love the richness of the offerings.”  Attendees learned about food, craft beer and cannabis; state constitutional law, probate, land use and criminal basics; and managing client expectations, family law and gender to name a few.  Some of the seminars will be available in our digital library shortly, so watch our website for more info.

President Franklin ran a thoughtful business meeting, complete with a speech by Chief Justice Reiber and the pro bono award winners. The VBA Board of Managers welcomed Molly Gray and welcomed back Andrew Manitsky to the Board. Many thanks to our exhibitors and sponsors who made the event extra special and of course to all of our loyal presenters and attendees, without whom we would not have had our 62nd Mid-Year Meeting!  Until next time, please enjoy the following photos from the event.

Ian Carleton receiving the Pro Bono Award

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