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December 9, 2013

Standing Up to the Bullies – Vermont’s New Anti-Patent Troll Law

DRM attorney Eric Poehlmann provides a nuts and bolts review of how Vermont’s new anti-patent trolling law will help protect its businesses.

January 3, 2013

Government Relations Specialist Erin Sigrist Joins Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC

Erin C. Sigrist has joined the northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. She will serve as a government relations specialist in the Montpelier office, working in the firm’s Government and Public Affairs Group

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March 7, 2012

Legislative Update – March 2, 2012

DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Group presents their update for the week of February 27 – March 2 of the Vermont Legislative session. See the quick summary and read the full Update.

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March 1, 2012

Legislative Update – February 24, 2012

DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Group presents their update for the week of February 20 – 24 of the Vermont Legislative session. See the quick summary and read the full Update.

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February 23, 2012

Legislative Update – February 17, 2012

DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Group presents their update for the week of February 13 – 17 of the Vermont Legislative session. See the quick summary and read the full Update.

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February 16, 2012

Legislative Update – February 10, 2012

DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Group presents their update for the week of February 6 – 10 of the Vermont Legislative session.

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February 10, 2012

Legislative Update – February 3, 2012

DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Group presents their update for the week of January 30 – February 3 of the Vermont Legislative session.

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February 2, 2012

Legislative Update – January 27, 2012

DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Group presents their update for the week of January 23 – 27 of the Vermont Legislative session. View a quick summary or the full report.

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January 25, 2012

Legislative Update – January 20, 2012

DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Group presents their update for the week of January 16 – 20 of the Vermont Legislative session.

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January 19, 2012

Legislative Update – January 13, 2012

DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Group presents their update for the week of January 9 – 13 of the Vermont Legislative session.

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January 11, 2012

Legislative Update – January 6, 2012

DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Group presents their update for the week of January 2 – 6 of the Vermont Legislative session.

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July 27, 2011

Four Attorneys Join Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC

(Burlington) Attorneys James R. Haug Jr., Carol Ode, Michael S. Pieciak and Kane H. Smart have recently joined the offices of the northern New England law firm of Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. Haug and Smart work from the firm’s Burlington office; Ode works in Montpelier; and Pieciak works from the Burlington and Brattleboro offices.

November 23, 2009

Jennifer Hollar Rejoins Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC

(Montpelier) Jennifer P. Hollar of Montpelier will return to the Government and Public Affairs Group at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC this fall after a four-year hiatus. As a legislative coordinator, she will work as a lobbyist for the firm’s legislative clients and assist in managing the practice. She began work in the Montpelier office on Nov. 2.

October 9, 2009

Chairs of Vermont’s Natural Resources Committees Address DRM Leadership Forum

Downs Rachlin Martin welcomed Sen. Ginny Lyons and Rep. Tony Klein, chairs of the Senate and House Natural Resources Committees, respectively, as the featured guests at the DRM Leadership Forum held Monday, September 14, in the law firm’s Burlington office.

June 21, 2009

Governor Douglas Addresses June DRM Leadership Forum

(Burlington, Vt.) Gov. Jim Douglas addressed a large gathering of Vermont business leaders, lawyers and other DRM employees at the DRM Leadership Forum on June 9 in Burlington. The governor opened with remarks expressing his disappointment in the budget that was crafted and passed by the legislature, in spite of his veto, a first in the history of Vermont. The budget, Douglas said, relied too heavily on federal stimulus money and did not address projected budgetary shortfalls in future years, but he pledged to “put his best foot forward” for the good of Vermonters.

Vermont House Minority Leaders Featured at May DRM Leadership Forum

(Burlington, Vt.) Vermont’s House Minority Leader Patti Komline and Assistant Minority Leader Pat McDonald were the guest speakers at the DRM Leadership Forum that was held May 18 in Burlington. The leaders cited the sex offender bill and the sex offender registry bill as examples of good work that was accomplished this year by the Legislature. The state budget dominated the remainder of the conversation, along with some discussion of the economic development, renewable energy and Vermont Yankee decommissioning bills. Komline and McDonald described the legislative year as one of “missed opportunities.”

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May 1, 2009

Bartlett Addresses DRM Leadership Forum

Vermont Senator Susan Bartlett (D-Lamoille), chair of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, was the featured guest at the DRM Leadership Forum held April 20 in Burlington. The long-time senator confirmed her intention to run for governor in 2010, in addition to sharing her views on a wide range of current issues.

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April 2, 2009

VT Public Service Commissioner Addresses Business Leaders

David O’Brien, commissioner of Vermont’s Department of Public Service, shared his views on a variety of topics including the relicensing of Vermont Yankee and the current stalemate between VY and the Vermont legislature, the importance of broadband and wireless connectivity and cell coverage to Vermont’s future, Smart Grid opportunities, green growth zones and the state’s approach to stimulus spending at DRM’s third leadership forum held March 23 at the firm’s Burlington office.

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March 11, 2009

DRM Leadership Forum Features Vermont House Speaker

Vermont’s new Speaker of the House, Shap Smith, engaged in a candid discussion of current legislative topics including the decommissioning of Vermont Yankee, the state’s response to the federal stimulus package and the role of renewable energy in Vermont’s future at the 2009 DRM Leadership Forum on March 2. Business leaders and DRM legal professionals attended the breakfast meeting, which was held in the Burlington office of Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC.

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February 25, 2009

Shumlin Addresses DRM Leadership Forum

In a breakfast meeting with business leaders and attorneys in the Burlington office of Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, Vermont Senate President Pro Tempore Peter Shumlin provided an overview of the challenges facing the Vermont legislature this session and responded to a wide range of questions posed by those attending the first 2009 DRM Leadership Forum on Tuesday, February 24.

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