The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 was the centerpiece of the War on Poverty and recognized the need to provide civil legal assistance to citizens unable to afford private legal advice. In Vermont it led to the creation of Vermont Legal Aid in 1968. Since then VLA has been attorney, advocate and partner to disadvantaged Vermonters. Through a system of statewide ofices in Burlington, Montpelier, Rutland, St.Johnsbury, Springfield, VLA staff are advocates for the economic and social interests of Vermonters living in poverty, those living with a disability, and seniors.
In 1995 our partner agency, Legal Services Law Line, began providing legal services to Vermonters over the telephone. Together Vermont Legal Aid and Legal Services Law Line serve almost 13,000 Vermonters annually.