WHY JOIN?

The Vermont Association for Justice (VTAJ) together with the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the world’s largest trial bar association, represent a highly effective group of dedicated attorneys who work to promote justice and fairness for injured persons, to safeguard victims' rights, and to strengthen the civil justice system through education and through disclosure of information critical to public health and safety. The VTAJ supports the work of member attorneys with the information and professional assistance needed to serve clients successfully and protect the democratic values inherent in the civil justice.

YOUR MEMBERSHIP*

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION 
The programs presented by VTAJ throughout the year are geared to enhance your practice and abilities as trial lawyers and to better serve your clients and the public. All programs are certified for CLE credit. Members always attend our CLE programs at a reduced rate.   

LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATION 
VTAJ has one of the finest legislative teams in the state. This group of member volunteers and paid lobbyists monitor all legislation introduced during the session and committee action during the interim. They serve to preserve and improve the role of the justice system in protecting Vermont’s’ citizens.  To that end, VTAJ works to promote understanding and goodwill with Vermont state legislators and members of the U.S. Congress.

E-MAIL LISTSERVS
With one e-mail message, you can pose a question to the VTAJ, membership. Ask about depositions, expert witnesses, referrals or any other information that may help you in your practice.

ONLINE MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY 
Annual online directory containing searchable alphabetical, geographical and “fields of practice” listings of all VTAJ members, located on the VTAJ website. This online directory has a “Find a Lawyer” tool for both members, non-member attorney colleagues and for the general public.

TRIALSMITH 
TRIALSMITH provides VTAJ members with access to the largest internet-based defense expert depo exchange in the world. Download the full text of depositions and documents and link to plaintiff's lawyers throughout the country who have the research you need.     

VTAJ WOMEN’S CAUCUS
The purpose of the caucus is to promote access to justice for all Vermonters while addressing and promoting the specific issues facing women in the legal profession and specific issues facing our clients.  The Caucus meets yearly at the statehouse for a legislative mixer.  

POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 
VTAJ’s non-partisan political action committee, Vermont Association for Public Justice, supports legislative candidates who adhere to VTAJ’s philosophy of the protection of consumers’ rights and ethical practice of trial law. 

AAJ AFFILIATION 
VTAJ also coordinates projects and protects the trial bar’s legislative interests in cooperation with the American Association for Justice.

*Eligibility Certification: Any lawyer licensed to practice before the Vermont Supreme Court, being of good moral character, engaged in any field or phase of advocacy and committed to the concept of fair trial, the advocacy system and a just result for the injured, the accused and those whose rights are jeopardized, is eligible for membership in the VTAJ. Provided, however, that no person shall be eligible for membership or continue membership who regularly or consistently represents the defense in personal injury or workers compensation matters, or who is affiliated with a firm which regularly or consistently represents the defense in such matters. “Regularly or consistently” means in excess of 10% of an individual or firm’s personal injury or workers compensation representation, measured by any one or more of the following factors: percentage of gross receipts, time spent, number of matters, or number of clients represented during the past calendar year.