In a 16-1 vote, state-paid deputy sheriffs voted to begin working toward a first contract with VSEA. File photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

Vermont’s deputy sheriffs have voted to be represented by the Vermont State Employees’ Association some four months after earning the right to collectively bargain, the union announced on Monday. 

The 16-1 vote followed

A Burlington police cruiser is seen outside City Hall on Thursday, May 19, 2022. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

Last Monday, VTDigger reported on a convocation on “Crime and Punishment” in Burlington City Hall held by a group called “The Keep Vermont Safe Coalition.” I flattered myself by imagining they had borrowed the title from

Sara C. Babcock—The environment should not be a luxury for the privileged.[1] Clean air, clean water, and clean land should not be earned, but freely given. Yet, every day, communities of color, low-income communities, and other marginalized communities face the bulk of the environmental threats and toxic pollutants, leaving these communities overburdened and vulnerable.[2] Racist

ABA Commission on Women in the Profession is conducting a survey on parenthood.  This is the first-ever national survey for understanding the impact of raising children on legal careers.  The Survey addresses questions that touch on well-being, feelings of inclusion and belonging, isolation, stress, and many other topics that are key to lawyer wellness.

Welcome to Friday and the 261st legal ethics quiz!


  •  Open book, open search engine, text-a-friend.
  • Exception:  Question 5.  We try to play that one honest.
  • Unless stated otherwise, the Vermont Rules of Professional Conduct apply
  • Team entries welcome, creative team names even more welcome.
  • E-mail answers to
  • I’ll post the answers & Honor

The state’s courthouse in Brattleboro, where Windham Superior Court’s criminal and family divisions are housed. File photo by Mike Faher/VTDigger

Editor’s Note: Vermont State Police reported on Sept. 16 that they had arrested the wrong man in an attack on a construction worker in Rockingham two days earlier. Ryan Avery, 45, was cleared of all charges