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Commencement Weekend Highlights to Include Opening of Center for Legal Services, Talk by Nature Conservancy President

May 15, 2012

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt. -- Vermont Law School will mark its 37th annual commencement weekend May 18-19 with a talk by the head of the world's leading conservation group and the opening of a new legal clinics building to benefit needy families and the environment.

Image of commencementVLS will officially open the Center for Legal Services at 11:30 a.m., Friday, May 18 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that includes U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Gov. Peter Shumlin, Vermont Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Reiber and other officials. The historic building at 190 Chelsea St. underwent a $3.5 million renovation to convert it into the new home for the South Royalton Legal Clinic and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic. The two clinics provide millions of dollars of free legal services annually in the name of environmental stewardship, social justice and public interest.

Mark Tercek, the president and chief executive officer of The Nature Conservancy, will discuss new strategies needed in conservation and ways that VLS graduates can play a role in protecting the environment. His talk will be at 3:30 p.m., Friday, May 18 in the Chase Community Center. The Nature Conservancy is the world's leading conservation organization working around the world to save the lands and waters that sustain all life.

Vermont Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Reiber will deliver the keynote speech at commencement at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 19 on the South Royalton town green. Honorary degrees will be awarded to Reiber, Tercek and Edwin Colodny, a former VLS trustee, former president and CEO of US Airways, former interim president of the University of Vermont and former interim CEO of Fletcher Allen Health Care.

The events are free and open to the public. More information is available at our Commencement pages.

CONTACT: John Cramer, Associate Director of Media Relations, Vermont Law School
Office: 802-831-1106, cell: 540-798-7099, home: 802-649-2235,

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