President and Dean Geoffrey B. Shields is pleased to welcome these exceptional faculty members to Vermont Law School. These professors have chosen to join a faculty dedicated to rigorous legal education, innovative programs, and a collaborative, engaged learning environment:
Margaret Martin Barry
BA Luther College
JD University of Minnesota Law School
Margaret Martin Barry has been appointed acting associate dean for Clinical and Experiential Programs and visiting professor of law for 2011–12. Since 1998, Barry served on the faculty of the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America, where she has also taught in Columbus Community Legal Services’ Families and the Law Clinic. She has served as president of the Clinical Legal Education Association and chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Clinical Legal Education. She has been a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Montenegro and is a recipient of the Pincus Award, the CLEA Outstanding Advocate Award, and the Society of American Law Teachers Leadership Award.
JD University of Connecticut School of Law
BA Clark University
Christine Cimini joins VLS in summer 2011 as visiting professor of law and in 2012 will be the director of Semester in Practice and Externship Programs. Since 1999, Cimini served on the faculty of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she directed clinical programs and was named as the Ronald V. Yegge Clinical Director in 2010. From 1993-1996 she was a Robert M. Cover Fellow in Clinical Teaching at the Yale Law School. She has also taught at Cornell University Law School, and was an attorney specializing in civil matters and civil rights issues. Professor Cimini is a member of the Clinical and Skills Education Committee of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.
JD Boston University School of Law
BA University of Chicago
Mary-Beth McCormack joins VLS in 2011 as an assistant professor of law in legal writing and legal writing specialist. From 2001 to 2011, she was an associate at the Boston law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo, PC. Professor McCormack taught legal research and writing at Boston University School of Law from 2003 to 2011, and oversaw the class moot court program. She previously worked in public law in the Middlesex County (Massachusetts) District Attorney's Office and in the Providence (Rhode Island) Public Defender's Office. She was named 2008 and 2010 "Rising Star Super Lawyer" by the editors of Boston Magazine.
AB Harvard College
JD Harvard Law School
René Reyes will join VLS as a visiting assistant professor of law in the next year. He will be teaching Civil Procedure and also specializes in Constitutional law, torts, and law and religion. Reyes has been a visiting assistant professor at Villanova Law School and recently was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. His prior experience includes several years of private practice and a fellowship at the Kennedy School of Government and as a Rappaport Public Service Fellow. He has established an impressive record as a scholar with articles and book reviews published in journals such as Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly and the Connecticut Law Review.
Jennifer S. Taub
BA Yale College
JD Harvard Law School
Jennifer Taub joins the VLS faculty as associate professor of law after teaching at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, for the past six years, and was previously an associate general counsel for Fidelity Investments. She will be teaching Contracts and Corporations and Securities Regulation. Taub’s research focuses on corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, mutual fund governance, and financial market regulation. In addition to extensive academic scholarly publications, including a forthcoming book regarding the legal acts and omissions that facilitated the global financial crisis, her writing has appeared on influential blogs including the Baseline Scenario and The Big Picture.