Bud Allen

After graduating from Andover (1968), Middlebury (1972) and the University of North Carolina School of Law (1976), Mr. Allen was sworn into the bar in the Brunswick County (NC) Superior Court in August of 1976 in the midst of the State v. Barbee drug trial. As an associate with the Southport NC firm of Frink, Foy & Gainey, Mr. Allen later represented Mr. Barbee through state and federal appeals. The case still stands for the proposition that a North Carolina deputy sheriff can smell forty pounds of marijuana wrapped in plastic and stuffed in a suitcase from a distance of fifty feet while standing in a saltwater marsh.

Mr. Allen was admitted to the Vermont Bar in 1978. He served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Mental Health from 1979 until 1982, when he became a staff attorney in the Chittenden County Public Defender office. Mr. Allen was managing attorney of that office from 1984 until 1990, when Governor Kunin appointed him Vermont's seventh Defender General. After three years of obstinately refusing to sacrifice the Sixth Amendment to budgetary constraints, Mr. Allen entered private practice with Bradley Stetler in 1993. Mr. Allen's state and federal criminal practice ranges from homicides to disorderly conduct. With regard to homicides, he and Mr. Stetler were the defense counsel in the first Vermont trial with television cameras in the courtroom. They later appeared over a two-week period in the live CourtTV coverage of State v. Grace. (Mr. Allen's disorderly conduct defenses have been likewise spirited but have received far less coverage.)

In both criminal cases and in some of the state's more controversial civil commitment proceedings, Mr. Allen has developed substantial experience in the litigation of mental health issues. In addition to his criminal practice, he represents juveniles and parents in family court, handles a few civil cases of interesting subject matter, and serves as town attorney for Hinesburg VT. He is the former chair of the Criminal Law Committee of the Vermont Bar Association and the former editor of the Bolivian Times, the journal of the Brunswick County Bar Association.