Welcome to the VBA Pulse
Summer Edition
Be sure to check out our new member benefits below!
Who's Earlier Than the Bird? You are, IF you register for our 140th Annual Meeting by August 6th! Super ETB discount for attorney members is for a limited time only!

Make your reservations at the Equinox by September 6th to take advantage of our group rate of $189 a night. Call the on-site reservations department Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm at 877-854-7625.

We're still working out some details on a couple of programs, but so far, this is looking like the place to be on September 27 & 28. With a total of 8.0 MCLE credits offered, including 2.5 ethics, our seminar line-up is the bomb! Here's the gist:
Lies, Puffery & Silence: The Ethics of Negotiation; Ethics Pub Quiz; Landlord-Tenant Overview; Implicit Bias Within Our Profession; Immigration; Arbitration; Civil Procedure; Goats, Guns & Grenades: New Issues in Probate Admin; numerous Year in Reviews; a Wellness track that includes Stress-Free Practice, Mindfulness, Depression and Suicide Prevention; Sexual Harassment, and more!

Click here to view our "under construction" flyer - check back regularly as we add more details and descriptions!

To register at our ETB rate, CLICK HERE

Thanks to our early Sponsors:
VBA Annual Meeting ..............................Sept 27 & 28, 2018, Equinox Resort, Manchester
Basic Skills in VT Practice & Procedure .......,,,,,....Sept 27, 2018, Equinox Resort, Manchester
Pro Bono Conference..........................................October 18, 2018, Statehouse, Montpelier
Real Estate Law Day.....................................November 7, 2018, DoubleTree, S. Burlington
Bankruptcy Holiday CLE & Luncheon...............................December 7, 2018, Location TBD
YLD Mid-Winter Thaw.................January 18 & 19, 2019, Hotel Omni Mont-Royal, Montreal
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The Cuban American Friendship Society is planning a CLE experience at the University of Havana, November 4-10, 2018. If you're interested, click here to view the flyer and contact information.
Casemaker Shines!
As most of our members know, Casemaker is just one of the many benefits provided to VBA Members at no extra cost. Casemaker is a comprehensive on-line research library featuring Vermont state and federal court decisions, statutes, codes, rules of procedure, Green Mountain Care Board and Labor Relations Board decisions, state agency decisions, advisory ethic opinions and much more. With complimentary Casemaker Pro (under the "features" tab), members have access to the Casemaker Digest, Case Check (a citator) and Citecheck, where you can upload a brief and have every citation analyzed! What our members may not know is how Casemaker outperforms the alternative research library provided in a similar fashion in other states. Click  HERE  for the story.

Jennifer Emens-Butler is available for Casemaker training. Contact her at jeb@vtbar.org !

Click HERE for more information!

Smith.ai Virtual Receptionist & Intake Service

Missing calls? Losing time to interruptions? Let our receptionists help.
Smith.ai is a superior call answering and intake service for solo and small-firm attorneys. We help you run a more professional, productive, and profitable practice by handling your calls, so you can focus on work.
Our live, U.S.-based receptionists can:

  • Answer, transfer & return calls
  • - Qualify leads & intake new clients
  • - Book appointments & collect payments

Features include:

  • Spam blocking
  • Calendar & CRM integrations
  • Bilingual receptionists - Overflow call handling
  • Complex call routing - Predictable per-call pricing

Plans start at $60/month with no contracts or setup fees.

Vermont Bar Association members get $50 off with code VBA50. This code can be combined with our 30-day/10- call free trial for $110 in total savings.

Smith.ai also offers a cloud phone system, Keypad, which can be used on its own or with the receptionist
services to route, track, and monitor calls. Plans start at $25/month and include 1 local or toll-free number, 1,000 minutes, and 250 texts. Fax, call recording, and voicemail transcription are optional add-ons.

Learn more at https://keypad.smith.ai.
Website: https://smith.ai
Phone: 650-727-6484
Technology Consultants, Inc ., the Vermont Bar Association's office IT support company, offers our members a $20 discount on their hourly non-contract work. I'm sure you've met Mike Servidio at one of our meetings or our Tech Show. We have been fortunate to have TCI on our side providing the VBA office with excellent support and services. Give Mike a call at 1-802-865-4409 or visit tcivtnet for more information.

SPECIAL OFFER THROUGH 8/31/2018. TCI is offering their standard audit with security checks to Vermont Bar member firms at the reduced rate of $750 (a cost savings of $150). It does require that the Law Firm have a Server and at least 5 workstations that are all connected on one network. 
Once again, VSP ®  Vision Care is raising the bar as the only vision care company to offer fully-covered standard progressive lenses—included as part of the VSP Choice, Signature, or VSP Individual Vision Plans.
Beginning July 1, 2018, your employees will automatically get this new benefit feature. There's no extra cost and nothing more for you and your employees to do. This is one more option to enjoy clear, precise vision at an exceptional value.
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