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Vermont Law School Hires Dean for Clinical and Experiential Learning

February 18, 2011

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- Margaret Martin Barry has been appointed as acting associate dean for Clinical and Experiential Programs and visiting professor of law for the 2011-2012 academic year at Vermont Law School. Barry, who is currently a professor at the Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law, will join VLS on July 1.

"Given the depth of her experience in clinical legal education, as well as her scholarship and service in experiential programs, we know she will bring vision and leadership to our programs as VLS," said Professor Gil Kujovich, vice dean for academic affairs.

VLS created the new dean's position to strengthen its clinical and experiential learning programs, which offer students practical, hands-on opportunities to deepen the knowledge and skills they acquire in class. Before they graduate, more than 70 percent of VLS students put theory into practice in a variety of different ways each year-from on campus clinical work to externships in law firms, corporations, nonprofits, courts and government offices in the United States and abroad.

A native of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Barry graduated magna cum laude from Luther College and received her JD degree in 1980 from the University of Minnesota. After working on Capitol Hill and doing pro bono representation for several years, she joined the faculty of CUA's Columbus Community Legal Services (CCLS) in 1987. She has taught in CCLS's Families and the Law Clinic since its inception in 1993. In addition to her academic activities, she has co-chaired the Washington, D.C., Bar's Family Law Section and has been active in developing pro bono and pro se services for D.C. residents who have limited or no access to legal representation.

Barry has been a national leader in legal education, having served as co-president of the Society of American Law Teachers, president of the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) and chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Clinical Legal Education. She currently serves as vice chair of the American Bar Association's Standards Review Committee.

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