Richard T. Cassidy Elected President of Uniform Law Commission

(July 25, 2015) -

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For Immediate Release:

Richard T. Cassidy of Burlington, Vermont, Elected President of Leading National Law Group

July 24, 2015 – Richard T. Cassidy, an attorney in Burlington, Vermont, has been elected to serve a two-year term as President of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC).   Mr. Cassidy was elected President at the 124th Annual Meeting of the Uniform Law Commission which recently concluded in Williamsburg, Virginia.   Mr. Cassidy is the first Vermont lawyer to serve as President of the Commission since George Brigham Young served from 1925 to 1927.

Founded in 1892, the ULC is an organization comprising more than 350 practicing attorneys, judges, law professors, legislators and other state officials – all lawyers – appointed by every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to draft and promote enactment of uniform laws that are designed to solve problems common to all the states.  Commissioners donate their time as a pro bono public service.

At the 124th Annual Meeting of the ULC, seven new uniform acts were approved:  the Revised Uniform Athlete Agents Act; the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act; the Revised Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; the Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act; the Uniform Trust Decanting Act; the Uniform Home Foreclosure Procedures Act; and the Uniform Recognition and Enforcement of Canadian Domestic Violence Protection Orders Act.

Other officers elected at the ULC’s 124th Annual Meeting are:  Melissa Hortman, a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Vice President; Dan Robbins, senior vice president and associate general counsel with the MPAA’s (Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.) west coast office in Los Angeles, California, Secretary; and Tom Buiteweg, partner with the law firm of Hudson Cook LLP in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Treasurer.

Mr. Cassidy has been a member of the Uniform Law Commission since 1994.  As a Vermont uniform law commissioner, he chaired the drafting committee on the Uniform Collateral Consequences of Conviction Act, and is a past Chair and current member of the Committee on Liaison with the American Bar Association.  He has served on numerous drafting committees, including the committee which revised the Uniform Arbitration Act.  He just completed a two-year term as Chair of the ULC Executive Committee, the governing body of the ULC, and the committee responsible for implementing the policies adopted by the ULC at its meetings.  Mr. Cassidy has also served as Chair of the ULC Scope and Program Committee, the committee which recommends the study and drafting projects which the ULC should undertake.

Mr. Cassidy is a founding partner of the Hoff Curtis law firm in Burlington. His practice focuses on personal injury and employment litigation and work as a mediator. He has 35 years of experience in the practice of law in Vermont.  He is a 1975 graduate of the University of Vermont and a 1978 graduate of Albany Law School.  He served as law clerk to the Honorable Robert W. Larrow of the Vermont Supreme Court in 1978-79, and as Chief Law Clerk to Chief Justice Albert W. Barney in 1979-80. Mr. Cassidy represents the Vermont Bar Association in the American Bar Association House of Delegates. He served as a member of the ABA Board of Governors from 2005 through 2008, is a former Chair of the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services.

Uniform law commissioners come together as the Uniform Law Commission once a year to study and consider drafts of specific statutes in areas of the law where uniformity between the states is desirable.  U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, former U.S. Supreme Court Justices Louis Brandeis, Wiley B. Rutledge, and David Souter, and former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, have all served as uniform law commissioners.  Since its inception in 1892, the ULC has promulgated more than 200 uniform acts, among them such bulwarks of state statutory law as the Uniform Commercial Code, the Uniform Probate Code, the Uniform Partnership Act, the Uniform Securities Act, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, and the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.

Further information on the Uniform Law Commission can be found at the ULC’s website at www.uniformlaws.org.

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