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Julian Bryant, facilitator

Julian Bryant, Facilitator

Julian Bryant is an Organizer and Facilitator for Startup Weekend. Julian graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2000 with a B.A. majoring in Japanese, Government, and Computer Applications. After graduation he began working for the City of Urasoe in Okinawa, Japan as the Coordinator of International Relations. His primary responsibilities were assisting non-Japanese residents of the city with city services and acting as a liaison between the local government and the U.S. military base there.
In 2005, Julian returned to the US to study law at Georgetown University Law Center. He graduated in 2008, passed the California Bar and joined Cooley as an associate. In his spare time he taught himself how to program iPhone apps. In 2009 he left Cooley and attended a Startup Weekend event in San Francisco. There, he had an eye-opening experience working with a team to create a website and app to increase citizen political engagement. Julian has spent the past 5 years working as an iPhone app programmer and volunteering with Startup Weekend to organize events in San Diego. He has also traveled as a Facilitator to support events across the US, Canada, and Japan.



Senator John F. Campbell, President Pro Tempore


John F. Campbell a Democrat, lives in Quechee, Vermont. He was born in New Hyde Park, New York on March 3, 1954. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Florida in 1976 and received his Juris Doctor Degree from Nova University in 1983. He has three children, John Jr., Meghan, and Ryan. He became Senate Majority Leader in 2003. He was the Senate Majority Leader of the Vermont Senate until January 5, 2011, when he was elected Senate Pro Tempore for the legislative session. He still currently serves as the Senate Pro Tempore for Vermont and in the off session serves as a Deputy States Attorney in Windsor County.


Oliver goodenough, director, Center for Legal Innovation, Vermont Law School

Oliver Goodenough is a nationally recognized authority on innovation in legal practice and entrepreneurial business. He is a pioneer in the application of technology to legal processes. Professor Goodenough has helped Vermont and Nevada shape new digital business organization initiatives – a direct application of these principles to law reform in the U.S. He is also collaborating with the Office of Financial Research at the Department of the Treasury on automating financial instruments. Working on how we teach lawyers to thrive in the technological future, he co-edited the 2012 LexisNexis e-book "Educating the Digital Lawyer" and edits the SSRN e-journal "Innovation in Legal Education". He is currently a Professor of Law and the Director of the Center for Legal Innovation at Vermont Law School, Affiliated Faculty at Stanford University’s CodeX Center for Legal Informatics, a Research Fellow of the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research, a Lecturer at the University of Vermont’s School of Business Administration, and an Adjunct Professor at Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering.


Shap Smith, speaker of the house

Shap Smith, Speaker of the House, at the Vermont State House, Montpelier, VT. (photo: Ben Sarle) Speaker Shap Smith is a Democrat representing the towns of Elmore, Morristown, Woodbury, and Worcester in the Vermont House of Representatives. Speaker Smith was born in Danbury, Connecticut on December 16, 1965. At age five, his family moved to Vermont. He graduated from Peoples Academy in Morrisville and won a Vermont Merit Scholarship to the University of Vermont, where he graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in 1987. Speaker Smith then left Vermont to earn his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Indiana University in 1991. After practicing law in New York City for two years, Speaker Smith returned to Vermont in 1993.

Speaker Smith first ran for the House in 2002, hoping to represent the community in which he grew up and was honored to win election. Speaker Smith considers himself fortunate to have grown up in such a vibrant community and state and his goal as a legislator has been to play a part in laying the groundwork for a similarly bright future for his children. The Speaker strives to help Vermont change with the times, while preserving the things that make it special. To that end, Speaker Smith has long been a strong advocate of legislation that supports a strong education system, economic development, equal rights, healthcare reform, renewable energy, public safety and government efficiency. Prior to becoming Speaker he served on the Ways and Means Committee and the Joint Fiscal Committee.

While the legislature is out of session, Speaker Smith is a partner at the Burlington law firm of Dinse, Knapp and McAndrew, where he practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation, intellectual property and insurance.

Speaker Smith is an avid runner and cross country skier. He and his wife Melissa are the proud parents of two children, Eli and Mia.


Janet Ancel, Vermont General Assembly

Claire Ayer, Vermont General Assembly

Clare Buckley, KSE Partners

Alison Clarkson, Vermont General Assembly

Jeannette Eicks, Vermont Law School

Patti Komline, Vermont General Assembly

Jean O'Sullivan, Vermont General Assembly

Ann Pugh, Vermont General Assembly

Amy Sheldon, Vermont General Assembly

Laura Sibilia, Vermont General Assembly

Tom Stevens, Vermont General Assembly

Katie Taylor, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce



Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
The Vermont State Legislature
Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research
Vermont Law School