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Vermont Supreme Court marks its first century

The 100th anniversary of the Vermont Supreme Court Building is being commemorated with a special centennial celebration in Montpelier on Friday, May 18, 2018.

The program, Celebrating the Bench and Bar and Their Role in Preserving the Rule of Law, will take place on the front steps of the Vermont Supreme Court Building at 111 State St. in Montpelier.

The ceremony, slated to begin at 3 p.m., will include remarks by Chief Justice Paul Reiber, Governor Phil Scott, and Senate President pro tempore Tim Ashe. Special recognition will be given to court representatives from each of Vermont’s 14 counties.

A reenactment of a 1918 oral argument involving Dodge Brothers v. Central Vermont Railway Company will take place in the Supreme Court courtroom beginning at 4:15 p.m.

Guided courthouse tours will also be offered.

Montpelier lawyer and historian Paul Gillies has written an essay describing the history of the Vermont Supreme Court building, copies of which will be available in the lobby of the Supreme Court building.

Copies will also be available on the VBA website at and on the Judiciary website at

The event is free and open to the public.

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