Join Paul Gillies to explore Uncommon Law, Ancient Roads, and Other Ruminations on Vermont Legal History.
The 25 essays collected in this new book from the Vermont Historical Society examine the foundations of legal thought in Vermont, historical issues ranging from log drives to the keeping of sheep to blue laws, the state’s legal luminaries, and contemporary issues including ancient roads and Act 250.
Vermont was born in conflict and existed as an independent political community until becoming the 14th state in 1791. During those early years Vermonters had to chart their own course in matters of law. From these unique origins, the history of law in Vermont traces the evolution of social and economic developments over time and provides a fascinating lens for understanding the history of the Green Mountain State.
Former Governor James Douglas says, “Everyone interested in how we evolved into such a special place needs to read this book.”
Paul S. Gillies is a partner in the Montpelier law firm of Tarrant, Gillies, Merriman & Richardson. He co-edited The Records of the Vermont Council of Censors (1991) with D. Gregory Sanford, and wrote A Book of Opinions (1993) with James H. Douglas and A Place to Pass Through: Berlin, Vermont 1820–1991 (1992). He is a co-founder of the Vermont Judicial History Society and the Vermont Institute for Government. A former Vermont Deputy Secretary of State, he is presently Moderator of the Town of Berlin.