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People’s Law School program offers practical information on legal issues facing Vermonters

To learn more about the People’s Law School, visit or contact Sandy Baird at 802-355-4968 or Additional resources, including sample letters, legal forms, and guides to help Vermonters prepare for court appearances, can be found on Vermont’s Legal Help Website (, co-produced by Legal Services Vermont and Vermont Legal Aid.

Attorney General T.J. Donovan, the Association of Africans Living in Vermont (AALV), Vermont Racial Justice Alliance, and the Vermont Institute of Community and International Involvement (VICII) have teamed up to create what they call “The People’s Law School” — a series of free, virtual presentations on contemporary topics affecting the lives of Vermonters.

The free series, which begins on Wednesday, April 7, will provide practical information about a range of topics, including the Fourth Amendment, representing yourself in small claims court, tenant rights, understanding eligibility for benefits, and family law.

The People’s Law School is also supported by ACLU of Vermont and The Caroline Fund, a resource for women and their families who find themselves in emergency situations and who need free legal advice.

Presentations will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to participate. At this time, all presentations will be held virtually. However, if COVID-19 restrictions change in the coming months, presentations might be held in a hybrid format with some in-person capacity.

Links to each presentation will be made available on VICII’s website, Presenters will include attorneys and other topical experts.

• April 7: The Fourth Amendment — Understanding Your Rights When Stopped by The Police.

• April 21: Earth Day and the Environment.

• May 5: Small Claims Court (Pro Se Litigation).

• May 12: Residential Rental Agreements.

• May 19: Understanding Benefits & Eligibility — SNAP, Medicaid, General Assistance.

• June 2: Consumer Protection 101.

• June 16: Understanding State Government.

• June 30: Employment Law 101.

• July 14: Family Law 101

• July 21: Understanding Your First Amendment Rights.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #607 (Wednesday, April 7, 2021). This story appeared on page B3.

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