Vermont Bar Journal, Vol. 40, No. 2 Fall 2015, Vol 41, No. 3 - Page 8

Interview with Jennifer Emens-Butler ple are getting excited to practice here. We do have the opportunity to read for the law; we have captive insurance; we have cutting edge consumer protection and public interest law opportunities; we have rural communities with extreme need for legal services, all on top of the scenery bonus. It seems like we are getting a small increase in young members who are starting to try new things or taking over from a retiring lawyer. We want to be able to track them, because it’s important to keep the services that lawyers provide available to all Vermonters. My son, who is eleven, asked me the other day, again, “What is it that you do exactly?” It is hard for him to grasp. It’s nothing like what he sees portrayed as lawyers on TV. I said simply that I help people. It may be harder for him to picture since I don’t wield a scalpel or an ax or a gun, but I said I help people solve problems using my training and my mind. Isn’t that what every single lawyer does, no matter the practice area? One simple sentence, you help people, right? And we cannot lose sight of that—no matter the area, it’s an exciting, stimulating, diverse, and honorable way to make a living. We can complain about all the little things that all people nitpick about, but we all want to help people in some fashion. So what is more noble than that? What is more fun than that? What is more rewarding than that? BP: It’s my interview, so I get to ask the questions. JEB: Come on, you can answer that [laughing]. BP: So, what can or should the bar association do, both to combat the perception of the older bar and/or to encourage more young people to stay? Why aren’t more people doing what you did? I visited there, I loved it and I want to stay there. Is that changing? 8 JEB: Some of that may just be a money thing. I mean Vermont has a d