Who We Are

The Vermont Bar Foundation is the leading private funding source for dozens of programs designed to increase access to justice for low-income Vermonters.

We got our start in 1982, when the Vermont Bar Association created a non-profit fund-raising organization to help fulfill the promise of equal access to justice. Since then, we have raised and distributed more than $15,000,000 to organizations ranging from legal aid providers to law school clinics and domestic violence prevention programs. It’s all part of our efforts to ensure that all Vermonters understand and have meaningful access to the justice system.

Board of Directors & Staff

The Vermont Bar Foundation is governed by and conducted under the direction of a 13-member volunteer Board of Directors who are committed to promoting equal access to justice for all.

Officers

President

Jesse D. Bugbee, Esq.
Kissane Associates
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President-Elect

Lila Shapero, Esq.
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Treasurer

Christopher D’Elia
Vermont Bankers Association
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Secretary

Hon. Karen R. Carroll
Vermont Supreme Court

Directors

Amber L. Barber, Esq.
Barber & Waxman
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Gavin Boyles, Esq.
VT Dept of Financial Regulation
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James F. Carroll, Esq.
English, Carroll, & Boe P.C
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John L. Marchica, Jr., Esq.
Marchica Law Office, LLC
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Trey Martin, Esq.
Downs Rachlin Martin, PLLC
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Elizabeth Novotny, Esq.
Mosaic Learning Center
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Harry C. Parker, Esq.
Bauer Gravel Farnham
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Daniel P. Richardson, Esq.
Tarrant Gillies & Richardson
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S. Mark Sciarrotta, Esq.
VELCO
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Sarah E. Wilson, Esq.
Jason P. Morrissey, Atty at Law
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Staff

Deborah Bailey, Executive Director
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Committees

The Foundation extends special thanks to the following individuals who contribute their time to the Vermont Bar Foundation.

Finance

Christopher D’Elia, Chair
Vermont Bankers Association

Jesse Bugbee, Esq.
Kissane Associates

Daniel Richardson, Esq.
Tarrant Gillies & Richardson

Karen L. Tyler, Esq.
Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand, PLLC.

Governance & Personnel

Daniel P. Richardson, Esq., Chair
Tarrant Gillies & Richardson

James F. Carroll, Esq.
Carroll, Boe & Pell, P.C

Karen L. Tyler, Esq.
Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand, PLLC

Lila Shapero, Esq.
Burlington

Grants

Amy Berger, Chair
Shelburne

Amber L. Barber, Esq.
Barber & Waxman

Jesse Bugbee, Esq.
Kissane Associates

Lon T. McClintock, Esq.
McClintock Law Office, PC

Charles Merriman, Esq.
Merriman Smart, PLC

 

IOLTA

Beth A. Danon, Esq., Chair
Kohn Rath Danon & Lynch, LLP

Afi Ahmadi, Esq.
Dinse Knapp & McAndrew, P.C.

Debra Bouffard, Esq.
Sheehey Furlong & Behm, P.C.

Chris D’Elia
Vermont Bankers Association

Jennifer Emens-Butler, Esq.
Vermont Bar Association

L. Raymond Massucco, Esq.
Massucco Law Offices, P.C.

Loan Repayment Assistance

Judith F. Dickson, Esq., Chair
Burlington

Lila Shapero, Esq.
Burlington

Karen L. Tyler, Esq.
Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand, PLLC

Matthew F. Valerio, Esq.
Vermont Defender General’s Office

Nominating

Chittenden District

Leigh Keyser Phillips, Esq., Chair
Leigh Keyser Phillips, Atty at Law

Karen L. Tyler, Esq.
Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand, PLLC

Eastern District

L. Raymond Massucco, Esq.
Massucco Law Office, P.C.

Northern District

David C. Carter, Esq.
David C. Carter, P.C.

Washington District

Bernard D. Lambek, Esq.
Zalinger, Cameron & Lambek, P.C.

Western District

Karl Neuse, Esq.
Neuse, Duprey & Putnam, P.C.

Promotion

Lila Shapero, Esq., Chair
Burlington

Jesse D. Bugbee, Esq.
Kissane Associates

Therese Corsones, Esq.
Vermont Bar Association

Ryan Kane, Esq.
Tarrant Gillies & Richardson

John L. Marchica, Jr., Esq.
Marchica Law Office, LLC

Lon McClintock, Esq.
McClintock Law Office, PC

Daniel P. Richardson, Esq.
Tarrant Gillies & Richardson

 

Revenue Enhancement

S. Mark Sciarrotta, Esq., Chair
VELCO

Thomas F. Garrett, Esq.
Legal Services Law Line of VT

Raymond L. Massucco, Esq.
Massucco Law Offices, P.C.

Robert M. Paolini, Esq.
Vermont Bar Association

Mary C. Welford, Esq.
Welford & Sawyer, P.C.

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