John J. McCullough III, J.D.

John J. McCullough III is a lifelong Legal Services attorney. After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School in 1979 he worked as a staff attorney at Legal Aid of Western Michigan in Grand Rapids, Mich., where he specialized in housing law and litigated in both state and federal courts.

He became a staff attorney in the Montpelier office of Vermont Legal Aid in 1983, representing low-income Vermonters in state and federal courts and administrative and legislative fora. Since 1995 he has been the Project Director of the Mental Health Law Project] where he directs the representation of Vermonters -- in both hospitals and outpatient settings -- in involuntary mental health proceedings throughout the state.

He has appeared in court in every county in Vermont, and has tried cases in Vermont's Superior, District, Family, Probate, and Environmental Courts, the Public Service Board, and the Human Services Board, as well as arguing before the Vermont Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


Law and Mental Health Professionals: Vermont. McCullough, Engel, and Wright. Lead author of this volume published by the American Psychological Association addressing the interaction between the law and the activities and responsibilities of mental health professionals.

In addition to numerous book reviews in the Vermont Bar Journal, his writings can be found at[and

Jack McCullough, director of Vermont Legal Aid's Mental Health Law Project, was a guest on Vermont Public Radio's Vermont Edition with Jane Lindholm on Thursday, January 10, 2013. McCullough discussed VLA's representation of patients who are subject to involuntary commitment and/or forced medication. You can download the MP3 or ]listen now.