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TC: Well, having had the pleasure of serving with you on the Vermont Bar Foun- dation Board, I know you remain active with it to this day. What would you say is the most important thing for readers to know about the Vermont Bar Foundation? JD: I think that the growth of the Bar Foundation in the last few years, in partic- ular, has been very, very important to the profession in general. Certainly, in terms of access to justice in the state, it has turned into an active and very effective organiza- tion. When it started, IOLTA was starting to catch hold around the country, and the VBA leadership got interested in it and created the Bar Foundation; it was kind of an ad- junct to the VBA. Of course the amount of money coming from IOLTA was much less than it is now, because it was entirely vol- untary in the first years. It grew pretty slow- ly, but it became a very different organiza- tion when universal IOLTA came in and all of a sudden, it became a much more impor- tant financing vehicle for legal assistance for Vermont Legal Aid, Law Line and the Vermont Law School Legal Clinic. Then we started the practice where the Board mem- bers are elected from the different districts, and I think the Board became much stron- ger and more active. Then along came the fundraising efforts and the various projects like the Poverty Law Fellow. So it has really grown to be a very effective tool to improve access to justice in this state,. It will hope- fully become stronger and stronger. TC: For the next 30 years. JD: Yes. TC: I had the pleasure of also serving with you on a couple other committees, including the Technology Oversight Com- mittee and Vermont Rules of Electronic Fil- ing Committee, so I know you have a very strong interest in technology. You must be happy about the Next Generation case management/e-filing project that’s now go- ing on. JD: Yes, of course. I think achieving that is very important. It’s a great tool, but most of the decisions really aren’t about the technology, they’re about how you do your business and how you organize yourself in order to do business well. There are tre- mendous opportunities from this technolo- gy, but changing the way you do business in the Vermont Judiciary takes a lot of com- mitment and a lot of hard work. Change does not come easily, as you well know, to this institution. I suppose if I am leaving with concerns about what is, as you say, a good news story, it’s whether we will do the hard work of turning it into the asset that I www.vtbar.org think it well could be. TC: To switch gears a little bit, what ad- vice would you give to a young person thinking about going into law as a career. JD: You know one of the things we used to do, but don’t anymore, is to give our little homilies from the bench to newly admitted lawyers. So I would think about tha