Meetings scheduled across Vermont on legal needs

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BURLINGTON — Legal Services Vermont and Vermont Legal Aid will be holding seven meetings across the state to learn more about the civil legal problems facing low-income and vulnerable Vermonters. One meeting is scheduled for Bennington County, from 1 to 2 p.m. on Oct. 30 at the Community College of Vermont in Bennington.

"We want to hear from as wide a cross section of Vermonters as possible. Everyone is encouraged to participate in this process," said Sam Abel-Palmer, executive director of Legal Services Vermont.

"Civil" legal problems are any legal issues that are not criminal in nature. However, the organizations do help with the legal problems of crime victims. Also, the organizations help people with expunging and sealing past criminal records.

Staff from Vermont Legal Aid and Legal Services Vermont will be at the public meetings. They will use the information gathered to help decide where to put their legal aid resources. It's part of a statewide legal needs assessment process the organizations will use to provide civil legal help where it's needed most. The organizations work together to help thousands of Vermonters around the state each year.

The following is the full schedule of public meetings. No registration is needed and light refreshments will be provided.

Newport: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, Goodrich Library, 202 Main St.

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St. Albans: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, Community College of Vermont, 142 S. Main St.

Bennington: 1 t 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, Community College of Vermont, Room 152, 324 Main St.

Rutland: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, Community College of Vermont, Room 102, 60 West St.

Brattleboro: 1 to 2:30 p.m Monday, Nov. 4, Community College of Vermont, Room 271, 41 Harmony Place

Montpelier: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, Bethany UCC Church, 115 Main St.

Burlington: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. Legal Services Vermont, 274 N. Winooski Ave.

Note: Visitors to Community College of Vermont should stop at the main desk for a visitor's badge.


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