VLA staff attorney Jay Diaz discusses the results he found in his study reported in Kicked Out! Unfair and Unequal Discipline in Vermont's Schools.
Jackie Majoros, the State Long Term Care Ombudsman for Vermont, received the Cernoria Johnson Memorial Advocacy Award at the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (Consumer Voice) Annual Conference in Arlington, Virginia on November 16. The award recognizes Majoros for work that has had national impact, is a model for national excellence and/or exemplifies accomplishment in her field.
Education, Poverty and Youth Law
Jay Diaz, a staff attorney at Vermont Legal Aid, recently appeared on CCTV Channel 17 with host Tom Garrett. Tom is executive director of Legal Services Law Line of Vermont and regularly hosts a program to explain legal issues that are important to Vermonters. In this video, Jay discusses how he has worked over the last two years to use the law to help break the generational cycle of poverty - the circumstances that lead children who grow up in poverty to be much more likely to live in poverty as adults.
VLA lawyers Jean Murray and Christine Speidel talk about debt and debt collection. They explain about the debt buying industry, which income is protected, what debt collectors can't do, where to file a complaint, where to get legal help, and more. For more information about debt and debt collection, go to our Vermont Law Help website.
VLA staff lawyer Chris Curtis discusses his work with VLA's Poverty Law Project, as well as the work of Vermont Legal Aid and Law Line.
Jackie Majoros, director of VLA's Long Term Care Ombudsman Project, and Russ Tonkin, a volunteer with VLA's Volunteer Ombudsman Project (VOP), discuss what the VOP is and does and how to become a VOP volunteer. The Project Staff and volunteers monitor and investigate the quality of care that Vermonters receiving Long Term Care services receive.
Jack McCullough, director of Vermont Legal Aid's Mental Health Law Project, discusses VLA's representation of patients who are subject to involuntary commitment and/or forced medication.