Trine Bech

Time Period

1940 to Today

Notable Facts

Executive Director of Vermont Parent Representation Center, Inc.; Vermont Family Court magistrate

Personal Information

Date of Birth

04/26/1949

Primary Residence

Burlington

Historical Significance

Throughout Trine Bech's career, she has focused on improving legal and social service systems involving children and families. One important accomplishment includes her service as the Executive Director for Vermont Parent Representation Center, Inc., a not-for-profit public interest law and policy organization whose purpose is to support parents in preventing their children from entering foster care, reducing their children's time in foster care, and preventing their children's re-entry into foster care once they have been returned to their homes.

Trine Bech received her law degree from Vermont Law School in 1979. While practicing law in the 1980s, she became involved in improving Vermont's legal system for children and families. She served on the Vermont Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules for Family Proceedings, which drafted the child support and parental rights and responsibilities laws and laid the foundation for the creation of the Family Court.

Bech played a large role in shaping the Vermont Family Court, which was created by the legislature in 1990. The Vermont Family Court is responsible for all family related legal matters. In 1990, Governor Madeleine Kunin chose Bech as one of four (all women) new family court magistrates. As a magistrate, Bech rode circuit between several of the courts in Vermont's 14 counties, hearing mainly child support cases.

In 1994, Bech became an Annie E. Casey Foundation Children and Family Fellow. After a year in this leadership and career development program, Bech served in consulting and executive leadership positions for the State of Rhode Island, Vermont Supreme Court, State of Delaware, and City of Philadelphia in the child protection, social services and legal fields.

In 2006, Bech returned to Vermont, and first worked as a collaborative family lawyer, and a consultant for social service and legal organizations before she became the founding Director of Vermont Parent Representation Center, Inc.

Organizations or Movements

  • Kunin administration
  • Vermont Family Court
  • Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules for Family Proceedings
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Vermont Supreme Court Improvement Project
  • Vermont Bar Association

Occupations

  • Executive Director of Vermont Parent Representation Center, Inc.
  • lawyer in private practice including collaborative family lawyer
  • consultant for social service and legal/judicial organizations
  • former Acting and Deputy Director of the Department of Children, Youth and their Families, State of Delaware
  • former Vermont Family Court magistrate
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation Children and Family Fellow

Education

  • JD, Vermont Law School, 1979

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • "Magistrates appointed to Family Court," Burlington Free Press, 9/13/1990, 1B:2.

  • "Vermont Family Court opens for business," Burlington Free Press, 10/2/1990, 1A:2.

  • Trine Bech, Vermont Parent Representation Center, Inc. Link

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Trine Bech
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