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Lawyer Incubator Pilot Project Launched by Vermont Law School and Vermont Bar Association View Count: 238

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The Vermont Bar Association and Vermont Law School have created a joint project that will help brand new lawyers establish practices in areas of the state that are not being served well, according to a release from the school found on vtdigger.org.

The new project is called “Lawyer Incubator Pilot Project” and it will support new lawyers who want to practice solo or in small firms throughout the state of Vermont. At the same time, the project will help people who need legal services in various underserved regions of the state.

Training and mentorship will be provided to the new lawyers, who will gain confidence and become more competent within the law. The program will last 18 months, until the end of September 2015, and will continue in the future if it is successful.

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The first members of the program are alumni of Vermont Law School; Kate Thomas ‘13, Vanessa Brown ‘12 and Erica Lewis ‘12. They are receiving guidance from the Vermont Law School faculty and the VBA for creating their own businesses.

Professor Margaret Barry, the associate dean for clinical and experiential programs at the law school, said the following in the release: “We are pleased to assist these promising young attorneys as they learn to develop and manage successful law practices and serve Vermont residents in need of their help. The Lawyer Incubator Pilot Project reflects Vermont Law School’s commitment to using the power of the law to make a difference in the lives of Vermonters.” The program will be run by Barry and Mary Ashcroft, a pro bono coordinator at the Vermont Bar Association.

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