Vermont Legal Aid to hold free public meeting in Rutland as part of legal needs assessment

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

They are holding seven meetings around the state to hear from Vermonters, their community partners, and supporters.

The meeting in Rutland will be held Wednesday, October 30, from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

The meeting will take place at Community College of Vermont (CCV), Room 102, located at 60 West Street.

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

“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.

It’s 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 needed and light refreshments will be provided.