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VLCT Members - Legal and Effective Meetings

Recorded: May 11, 2022 (Please note: If you purchased access to the live or recorded sessions of the selectboard essentials series, you should have received free access to this event)

Engaging in civil discourse while discussing policy differences and controversial topics can be challenging for local officials, especially when board, commission, and committee members must also make sure to comply with Vermont's Open Meeting Law. In this session you'll hear from experts who will review strategies for working through tough conversations, including a review of best practices for managing and resolving conflicts and how to discuss options when a resolution or agreement is clearly not attainable.  Throughout the presentation a focus will be on how to conduct your meetings legally, even and especially when those meetings are difficult.

Welcome & Update from the UVM Cooperative Extension - Speakers: Abby Friedman, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center Director; Roy Beckford, UVM Extension Associate Dean And Director of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Legal and Effective Meetings - Speakers: Susan Senning, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center Staff Attorney II; Mary Peabody, UVM Cooperative Extension Professor

Please note: recorded sessions reflect current applications of the law at the time of the recording. For the most current information, members should refer to our MAC topics pages Municipal Assistance Center or contact us at Check out our other upcoming events here Training & Events 

Once you submit your order an invoice will be mailed to your organization. The downloadable materials, including the webinar recording and handouts from the session, will be emailed to you on receipt of payment. Please note: if you attended, or registered and paid for the live session, you have free unlimited access to these materials. Email us at if you need access restored to the session materials.This page will expire on December 31, 2022 unless changes to the laws and topics discussed in this training occur prior to this date, upon which, this training will be unpublished to reflect the most accurate information for our members.