Eric Avildsen, the executive director of Vermont Legal Aid, will retire at the end of October 2022. Avildsen has been executive director since 1988. Under his direction, the size of staff and breadth of legal work undertaken has increased significantly. Today VLA has a staff of 89, is organized into 11 projects and has an annual budget of over $9.5 million. At the end of April, Avildsen was awarded the first-ever Judge Peter W. Hall Integrity Award from the Young Lawyers Division of the Vermont Bar Association. Read about his retirement and the award.