Attorney Jesse Corum retires after 37 years

BRATTLEBORO - Jesse M. Corum IV, senior partner at Corum Mabie Cook Prodan Angell & Secrest, PLC, is retiring from the practice of law after 37 years.

Corum began his legal career clerking for District Court Judge Charles Bristow and John Howard, Orleans County State's Attorney, while attending Vermont Law School. After graduation in 1977, Corum and his wife, Lynn, moved to Brattleboro and Corum worked as a Deputy State's Attorney under John Rocray, Windham County State's Attorney. In 1981 Corum became an associate at the law firm of Gale, Gale & Barile. Less than a year later he became a partner and has been with this firm since.

Corum was originally from the Manchester area and was a member of Burr and Burton Seminary's graduating class of 1969.

Corum has been a deeply committed volunteer in the greater Brattleboro community through activities in the Rotary Club where he was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow in 1996. During his presidency of the club in 1987-1988 he was very pleased to oversee the admission of the first women to the club in its 37 year existence.

Corum also served the Town of Brattleboro through his work on helping to rewrite the "Town Plan" while serving on the Planning Commission from 1980-1985, as a Town Representative of over 20 years, and as a member of the Selectboard from 2008-2010 (Chair 2009-2010).

"I believe I played a part in bringing civility and open, honest, and respectful discussion on the part of the Board and those who appeared before us," he recalls.

Corum has been active in the local and state bar organizations as a member and former President of the Windham County Bar Association, the Vermont Bar Association, and particularly the Vermont Association for Justice where he has been a member of the Board of Governors since 1996 and served as its Treasurer, 2000-2002, and President, 2003-2004. The latter organization is devoted to helping people seeking access to justice through the court system, which Corum has devoted his time and effort to in his practice.

He has tried over 100 criminal and civil cases to jury verdict. In 2006, he won a not guilty verdict on a charge of second degree murder in Windham Superior Court. One of the defining moments of his career was when District Judge Paul Hudson hauled him into chambers one day in 1995 and requested him to represent a young 20 year old boy in his retrial for first degree murder.

For more than 20 years Corum has served occasionally as an Acting Judge in the Superior Court Criminal Division, as Small Claims Judge, in the Superior Court Family Division (Relief from Abuse Proceedings and as Acting Magistrate) and for the Judicial Bureau (Traffic Ticket matters). Corum's contributions to the legal community and to thousands of clients have made a lasting impact in and around Windham County.

Corum has two adult sons, Jesse V and Scott, with a granddaughter due to arrive in June. His wife of 40 years Lynn passed away in 2012. Corum and his family have enjoyed the skiing and bike riding (having ridden the length of the State in one day on three different occasions), that Vermont offers, as well as many other outdoor activities and sports.

Corum's partners, office staff, fellow attorneys, family and friends recently honored him at a retirement party at his firm.


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