YWP: Block Island

Molly Austin

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Block Island” by Molly Austin, a seventh-grader at Camels Hump Middle School in Richmond.

SCOV Law Blog: An argument of inadequate representation in manslaughter case sentencing


In what reads like the plot of Every Defense Attorney’s Worst Nightmare, the SCOV upholds the decision of a post-conviction relief court finding that an attorney failed to provide his client with adequate representation.

YWP: That’s When Everything Changed

Sophia Cannizzaro

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “That’s When Everything Changed” by Sophia Cannizzaro, a freshman who is home-schooled in West Glover.

SCOV Law Blog: In CHINS case, definition of ‘abuse’ debated


In this case, a child in need of supervision case was filed, alleging that M.K. was the subject of abuse.

YWP: Answer to a Son

Gabrielle Jarrett

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Answer to a Son” by Gabrielle Jarrett, an eighth-grader at Crossroads Academy in Lyme, N.H.

SCOV Law Blog: Awarding of state-funded neutering program contract prompts lawsuit


The director of Vermont Volunteer Services for Animals Humane Society sued on behalf of herself and VVSA, alleging defamation, a due process violation, and tortious interference with prospective economic advantage.

Full results of the VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute survey

Gov. Peter Shumlin after the GMO labeling press conference on May 8, 2014.  Photo by John Herrick

We sampled the opinion of 700 Vermonters from Feb. 9-24 on subjects ranging from the performance of Gov. Peter Shumlin and the Legislature to education funding to universal background checks to taxes on carbon and soda.

YWP: The Tree of Life

Sylvan Williams

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “The Tree of Life” by Sylvan Williams, a seventh-grader at U-32 Middle School.

SCOV Law Blog: Duty to defend


This case is about whether Prison Health Services has a duty to defend the State in the lawsuit brought by the estate of a woman who died of a medical condition in prison.

Photo Slideshow: Town Meeting in Elmore

An Elmore voter places their paper ballot in the mailbox where votes on whether the town should study a possible merger with Morristown were collected at Town Meeting. The vote was 79 to 19 in favor of embarking on the merger study.

Scenes from Town Meeting Day at the Elmore Town Hall. Photos by Amy Ash Nixon.

YWP: Imagine What it Feels Like

Jojo Williams-Keane

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Imagine What it Feels Like” by Jojo Williams-Keane, an eighth-grader at Crossroads Academy in Lyme, N.H.

SCOV Law Blog: Town sues insurer for recovery of lost interest due to embezzlement


The town of Ira’s argument was that the policy should cover the “time value” of the money taken and the trial court agreed. Insurer appealed, town cross-appealed, and that brings us to the main event.

YWP: The Victim’s Memorial

Jessica Beliveau

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “The Victim’s Memorial” by Jessica Beliveau, an eight-grader at Albert D. Lawton Intermediate School in Essex Junction.

SCOV Law Blog: No name-calling


When Defendant testified in his own defense at his trial, he said the sex was consensual.

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