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The 4th Amendment | The People’s Law School

April 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm



| Free

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While there is still a need for social distancing, the events will held on Zoom.

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There are a limited number of in-person seats at the O.N.E. Community Center at 20 Allen Street, Burlington. If you would like to come in person, please get in touch with Sandy Baird at 802-355-4968 or  Please also get in touch with Sandy if you have any questions or would like more information about this week’s event or the full series.

The  Vermont Institute of Community and International Involvement (VICII), the Association of Africans Living in Vermont  (AALV), and The Caroline Fund present the Winter/Spring 2021  Contemporary Issues Forum.  Since 2019, VICII has been hosting this forum as a series of talks and discussions about issues that face our city and how we can help Burlington fulfill its legacy to be one of the most livable cities in the Americas.  We welcome the participation of all those who care to think together about these issues and who are interested in making a better world.

Attorney General TJ Donovan, the Association of Africans Living in Vermont (AALV), Vermont Racial Justice Alliance, and the Vermont Institute for Community and International Involvement (VICII) today announced The People’s Law School—a series of free, virtual presentations on contemporary topics impacting the lives of Vermonters. The series, which begins on April 7, 2021, will provide practical information about a range of topics including such topics as the Fourth Amendment, representing yourself in small claims court, tenant rights, understanding eligibility for benefits, and family law.

The People’s Law School is also supported by ACLU of Vermont and The Caroline Fund(link is external), which offers a fund for women and their families in emergency situations and free legal advice to anyone seeking guidance.

“I’m excited to collaborate with these great community partners in our effort to bring legal knowledge directly to people so that they can have greater access and insight into Vermont’s legal system and available State services,” said Attorney General Donovan regarding today’s announcement.

“This is a great opportunity for our served communities to learn about some basic rules that can help them become productive citizens. We are thrilled to be part of this collaborative effort,” said Yacouba Jacob Bogre, Executive Director of AALV.

“It is important that Black and Brown folks understand how to operate within these systems that have historically rendered racially disparate outcomes, as we continue the work to transform them. Unifying our community behind these efforts is an imperative,” said Mark Hughes, Executive Director of the Vermont Racial Justice Alliance.

“This new partnership will help to provide ordinary people with the legal education and access to the courts which alone maintains the constitutional guarantee that all people have the right to the equal protection of the law. In addition, the partnership will help strengthen the understanding that the rule of law in our state and nation keeps alive the American heritage of security and freedom,” said Sandy Baird for the Vermont Institute of Community and International Involvement and The Caroline Fund.

The People’s Law School will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. All members of the public are welcome to participate in these free presentations. At this time, all presentations will be held virtually, however, if COVID-19 restrictions change in the coming months, presentations may be held in a hybrid format with some in-person capacity. Links to each presentation will be made available on VICII’s website, is external). Presenters will include attorneys and other topical experts. The schedule of topics is as follows:

April 2021

  • April 7: The Fourth Amendment – Understanding Your Rights When Stopped by The Police
  • April 21: Earth Day and the Environment

May 2021

  • May 5: Small Claims Court (Pro Se Litigation)
  • May 12: Residential Rental Agreements
  • May 19: Understanding Benefits & Eligibility—SNAP, Medicaid, General Assistance

June 2021

  • June 2: Consumer Protection 101
  • June 16: Understanding State Government
  • June 30: Employment Law 101

July 2021

  • July 14: Family Law 101
  • July 21: Understanding Your First Amendment Rights

If you would like to learn more about The People’s Law School, visit is external) or contact Sandy Baird at 802-355-4968 or sends e-mail).

Additional resources, including sample letters, legal forms, and guides to help Vermonters prepare for court appearances, can be found on the Vermont legal help website at is external). The website is co-produced by Legal Services Vermont and Vermont Legal Aid.


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