My Background

Each of my professional positions has involved a significant amount of legal research and writing, and has required strong analytical, advisory and negotiation skills. My background in English language and literature prepared me well for the demands of legal research and writing.  My experience handling cases as an advocate as well as from the bench has given me a comprehensive perspective on how different presentation styles (oral and written) impact the outcome of a case.  I have utilized my expertise in appellate advocacy to strategize at the pre-trial and trial levels, as well as craft judicial opinions.    
Here are some specifics:

Hearing Officer and Staff Attorney
Vermont Public Service Board (1997-2009)
(The Public Service Board is a quasi-judicial agency concerned with regulation of utilities. My work primarily involved matters related to electric power and energy.  I also handled telecommunications matters, as well as real property, safety, and consumer protection concerns in all industries.)
  • Conducted administrative hearings, including contested cases; wrote opinions
  • Researched and wrote on a variety of policy, legislative and administrative matters
  • Testified before state legislature

Judge, Hartford District Probate Court (1987-1991)
State of Vermont Judiciary, Woodstock, VT
  • Adjudicated matters relating to wills, trusts, estates, adoptions and guardianships
  • Wrote opinions

Assistant Appellate Defender
New Hampshire Appellate Defender Program (1993-1994)
Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, NH
(This office is concerned solely with criminal defense appeals)
  • Wrote briefs and presented oral arguments before the NH Supreme Court
  • Taught appellate advocacy/criminal practice

Grafton County Public Defender (1979-1986)
New Hampshire Public Defender Program, Hanover, NH

Attorney, Environmental Protection Division
New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, Concord, NH (1977-1979)
  • Advised the New Hampshire Water Supply and Pollution Control Commission concerning compliance with the Federal Clean Water Act
  • Prepared federally mandated report on New Hampshire’s compliance with the Federal Clean Water Act
  • Testified before the state legislature

Adjunct Professor of Law (1981-1988)
Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT
  • Taught courses in criminal practice, evidence and ethics
  • Developed, and supervised student participants in the Semester in Practice Program    

Solo Practitioner, Hanover NH and Norwich, VT (1979-1983, 1991-1993)
General Practice:  civil, criminal, administrative, trials and appeals

Associate, Ingram and Myers, Hanover, NH (1975-1977)




EDUCATION

J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Ill. – 1975
First Place, Frederick Green Moot Court Competition
Federal Environmental Protection Agency Fellowship

A.B., University of Illinois, Champaign, Ill. – 1971
English Language and Literature with High Honors and Distinction
Phi Beta Kappa

I have written numerous briefs, motions, petitions, legal memoranda and judicial opinions.  I have drafted and analyzed legislation.  I have authored government reports and provided legal research and writing support for educational endeavors.
Over the course of my career I have handled complex substantive matters in a variety of disciplines.  I have a broad base of experience with both civil and criminal cases at the trial and appellate levels, and I am well acquainted with administrative law and procedure.  My tenures in private practitice and  pubic service involved engaging with legal, government, and business communities, as well as individual clients. I have testified before legislative bodies, lectured and mentored law students, and served as a judge. 
Judith M. Kasper, Esq.
Legal Research and Writing for Attorneys