Rural Legal Education Project – Free Law Programs at Vermont Public Libraries

This program is a JOINT VENTURE between the Vermont Bar Association and the Vermont Department of Libraries with the purpose of expanding education outreach programs to rural Vermont adults.

The program provides a licensed Vermont attorney as a speaker on a legal topic of interest selected by the librarian. In addition to the 45 minute presentation, the attorney will answer questions for approximately another 45 minutes. These are lively and informative sessions.

There is no cost involved with the program. The object is to make this information accessible to the public. We ask that you request your program far enough in advance of the proposed date so the Bar Association will have enough time to solicit and secure a qualified attorney in the area of the law you are interested in presenting. You will also want time to allow you to effectively publicize your program after you have been connected to the attorney. We advise a 6 week lead time between the request and target presentation date.

This is a win/win situation. The Vermont Bar Association (VBA) fulfills its mission to provide pro bono opportunities for its members while creating education outreach, the library gets free quality programs, and the public gets much needed information that will be useful to them.

Please request your programs via email to Joann Erenhouse, Esq. at:

  • Select a topic
  • Select an evening (Mon – Thurs).
  • Select a time

We will contact you and follow up with the name/phone number/email address of your presenter once one has been secured. We will ask that you establish contact with your lecturer for purposes of directions, etc. and hope you will also keep in touch with us for evaluation purposes.

Suggested Topics:

  • Elder Law/Durable Power of Attorney Issues
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Business Formation Entity Selection/Contract Law Issues
  • Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice
  • Wills & Estate Planning
  • Family Law/Divorce/Child Support Issues