Elizabeth Novotny, Esq of Chittenden County, Vermont, became President of the Vermont Bar Association during the Vermont Bar Association's annual meeting on September 27,2019. In Ms. Novotny's remarks to the membership, she praised the deep commitment of Vermont lawyers to public service and underrepresented communities, citing a recent American Bar Association Survey and Report on the Pro Bono Work of America's Lawyers that determined, among the states participating in the survey:
. Vermont has the highest percentage of lawyers engaging in public service.
. Vermont attorneys outperformed other states in terms of the percentage having offered reduced fee service.
. Vermont ranked as one of the top states based upon the percent of Vermont lawyers willing to undertake limited scope representation as part of their practices.
"Vermont lawyers are exceptional in their commitment to maintaining the high standards set by the Judiciary and to ensuring that Vermonters have access to justice," Ms. Novotny said. "They are unique in their ability to foster and maintain a professional collegiality. This sense of professional community extends broadly to the Vermont community whether it's in service to a board of a charitable non-profit or coaching soccer. Vermont lawyers stand up for Vermonters."
Ms. Novotny began her term as President with over 30 years of experience practicing law in Vermont. Ms. Novotny is currently the General Counsel for the Mosaic Learning Center in Colchester and Morrisville and a government relations specialist. During Ms. Novotny's career she was a Deputy State's Attorney in Chittenden County, Associate in the South Burlington law firm Perry and Schmucker, General Counsel to the Department of Public Safety, and Associate General Counsel to the Department of Financial Regulation.
Ms. Novotny has served on a variety of boards and commissions during her career, including the Vermont Council of Independent Schools, Vermont Sentencing Commission, Department of Justice Grant Board for the Vermont Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Abuse Board, Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Board, New England Bar Association Board, and the Vermont Bar Foundation Board.
Presently, Ms. Novotny serves as chair of a Hearing Panel for the Vermont Professional Responsibility Board, board member for Outright Vermont, and board member for the Vermont Bar Association in her capacity as its president.