Legal-aid organizations to hold public meeting in Brattleboro

BRATTLEBORO — Legal Services Vermont and Vermont Legal Aid want to know more about the civil legal problems facing low-income and vulnerable Vermonters.

The nonprofit law firms are holding seven meetings around the state, including one in Brattleboro, to hear from Vermonters, their community partners, and supporters.

The Brattleboro meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 4, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at Community College of Vermont in Room 271 at the Brooks House on Main Street.

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

“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.

The meetings are 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.

No registration is required, and light refreshments will be provided.

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