(Montpelier) – The Vermont Republican Party has appointed Deborah T. Bucknam, Esq. of Walden to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women. Ms. Bucknam will serve the remaining 2 years of Susie Hudson’s 4-year term.
Ms. Bucknam has been practicing law in Vermont since 1979, and was licensed to practice in New Hampshire in 2005. She has practiced in all courts in Vermont, including the Vermont Supreme Court, and all divisions of Vermont Superior Court, including the Probate Division, Family Division and Criminal Division, as well as Vermont Federal District Court. She has litigated hundreds of contested matters, including personal injury, civil rights, voter fraud, land use, contract disputes, tax appeals, family and guardianship cases, criminal defense, and administrative proceedings before various Vermont administrative boards.
Ms. Bucknam graduated from Vermont Law School, cum laude, in 1979. She is a member of the Vermont Bar Association, the New Hampshire Bar Association, and the Federalist Society. She received a certificate from the Harvard Law School Negotiation Institute in Advanced Negotiation. She is a member of the Board of the Thaddeus Stevens School. Last year she ran an unsuccessful campaign for Vermont Attorney General, after winning the nomination in the Republican primary.
Ms. Bucknam’s husband, Charles served on the Vermont Commission on Women in the 1970’s. At that time the Commission was focused on the wage gap, child care, access to healthcare, and recruiting more women in more leadership positions in all sectors. “Many of the same issues we’re faced with today,” noted Ms. Bucknam.
The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) is a non-partisan state agency working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls. Sixteen volunteer commissioners and representatives from organizations concerned with women's issues guide VCW's public education, coalition building, and advocacy efforts. VCW offers many services to the public, including a toll-free information and referral service at 800-881-1561 and many publications, including The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont handbook.