The Character and Fitness Committee works with the Board of Bar Examiners to oversee the process of admission to the Vermont bar, in accordance with the Rules of Admission to the Bar of the Vermont Supreme Court:

To best serve and protect the public and ensure the integrity of the lawyers who practice in Vermont, the Board and the Committee give a fair and impartial assessment of an applicant's professional competence.

The Character and Fitness Committee is specifically charged with determining the moral character and fitness of applicants to carry out the responsibilities of a lawyer as part of the admission process. It is important that the public, the legal system and the administration of justice be protected from those who possess dishonesty, or lack of trustworthiness. For the same reason, it is important that those who are physically or mentally unfit to carry out the responsibilities of a lawyer be denied membership to the bar.

The Character and Fitness Committee is comprised of five persons appointed by the Supreme Court. One member must be an active or retired judge or retired Supreme Court justice, two members must be attorneys, and two are lay persons.

Honorable Thomas Durkin

Chair

Martha O'Connor

Vice-Chair

Neal Rodar

Member

David Tartter, Esq.

Member

Thomas Valente, Esq.

Member

 

Contact Information

Character and Fitness Committee
Office of Attorney Licensing
Costello Courthouse
32 Cherry St., Suite 213
Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: (802) 859-3000
Fax: (802) 859-3003

Andrew Strauss, Licensing Counsel
JUD.Attylicensing@vermont.gov