By Jennifer Hersey Cleveland Staff Writer
A woman who says she assists people in navigating the Public Service Board (PSB) process is being investigated by the Vermont Attorney General’s office for the alleged unauthorized practice of law.
Annette Smith, executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, received a letter from Assistant Attorney General Zachary Chen advising her of the investigation dated January 19.
The letter indicates that Chen’s office was provided with documents from an unidentified source that raise questions about Smith’s role in several PSB dockets.
Those dockets include the Barton Solar project and investigations into meteorological evaluation towers in Swanton and Irasburg.
“The documents provided to us raise questions about the possible unauthorized practice of law in these cases,” Chen wrote.
Not only is the source of the documents unidentified in the letter, but so is the substance of the allegations, with Chen providing only docket numbers as reference.
“In light of the concerns raised by the documents with respect to the possibility of the unlicensed practice of law, I would be interested in receiving any further information that you may wish to provide to this Office regarding your involvement in the above-mentioned PSB proceedings,” Chen wrote.