Organizations and Activities Details
The Alliance is a coalition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight members of the law school community that strives to achieve equality before the law; educates the community about lgbt identity; opposes homophobia and heterosexism; sponsors conferences, speakers, and social events; and promotes diversity in the community.
APALSA (Asian Pacific American Law Student Association)
The Asian Pacific American Law Student Association ("APALSA") facilitates awareness, education, and discussion of issues and events that affect Asian Pacific Americans and other minority groups within the legal world and society at large and cultivates a supportive community within Vermont Law School.
The mission of BASIC is to maintain a group of Christian law students who are dedicated to living a life that adheres to Christian principles as outlined in the Bible, who seek to reflect the life and teachings of Jesus Christ in their lives, and who desire to show the love and light of Jesus Christ within the VLS Community.
The purpose of the BLSA is to articulate and promote the professional goals and needs of minority law students; to encourage and foster professional competence; to focus upon the relationship between minority law students and the law structure; to instill in minority law students a greater awareness of and commitment to the needs of the minority community; and to influence American law schools and legal associations to use their expertise and prestige to bring about change within the legal system in order to make it responsive to the needs of the minority community.
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund supports the passage of current Animal Advocacy Group legislation, drafts new legislation, spreads awareness of the plight of animals and provides information useful in improving their situation.
Barrister's Bookshop, Inc., is a non-profit corporation organized by students to provide books and supplies to the Vermont Law School community at competitive prices. It contributes any excess of revenues over expenditures to student activities. Representatives from each academic class sit on its board of directors.
The Dispute Resolution Society
The Dispute Resolution Society (DRS) is a student organization that runs in-house competitions in negotiation and client counseling. Members are selected each spring through a competitive process and go on to compete in intra-school negotiation and client counseling competitions. Winners of these VLS-based matches move to regional ABA competitions in Negotiation and Client Counseling as well as the Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon organized by St. John’s University School of Law in New York. In 2005, the VLS Negotiation team earned first place in the National Finals and represented the United States and VLS at the International competition, where it took third place. In 2010, the first team representing VLS at the St. John’s Securities Triathlon won the negotiation section of the competition.
Moot Court Advisory Board
The Moot Court Advisory Board is responsible for the competition which challenges skills developed in the core curriculum by requiring written briefs and oral arguments on a case currently pending before the United States Supreme Court. Finalists in the last round of intramural competition argue before the Vermont Supreme Court. The top nine competitors participate on their choice of one of the following national teams: the National Moot Court Competition sponsored by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the National Environmental Moot Court Competition held at Pace University, and the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition sponsored by the International Law Students Association.
Environmental Law Society
The Environmental Law Society promotes awareness of the sustainable and proper management of the natural environment. Recent group-sponsored activities hosting the annual conference of the National Association of Environmental Law Societies, numerous lectures by attorneys and other specialists on environmental issues; several co-sponsored conferences on environmental topics; and an annual week of activities on campus to celebrate Earth Day.
The Equal Justice Foundation
The Vermont Law School Equal Justice Foundation promotes public interest awareness and lawyering within the VLS community. EJF is dedicated to the principle that every lawyer has a responsibility to address the inequities within the legal system throughout the scope of his or her legal education and employment. By providing information, fellowships, and contracts, EJF's campus network encourages participation in public interest law.
The Federalist Society
The purpose of the Vermont Law School Federalist Society is to foster critical thought and intellectual debate about the application of conservative principles to the law. The Vermont Law School Federalist Society embraces the principle that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to the integrity of the Constitution of the United States of America, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is—not what it should be.
The Forum provides coverage of issues facing the school and community as well as editorials, sports, and humor. The Forum relies on contributions from students, staff, and faculty, and is staffed entirely by students.
Guardians ad Litem
Guardians ad Litem are appointed by the court to protect and promote the interests of children and mentally incompetent adults who find themselves involved in judicial proceedings. Students may join the Vermont Law School chapter, which provides training, informational meetings, referrals, and opportunities to exchange experiences. Student guardians experience the legal process first-hand while providing a valuable service to the community.
Hearsay is a student run literary journal, produced and typeset by the Hearsay staff. The publication is comprised of creative writings, art, and photography produced by members of the Vermont Law School community. All students are welcome to join the Hearsay staff at the beginning of each academic year.
International Law Society
The International Law Society is focuses on expanding Vermont Law School's exposure to international and comparative law issues, especially those issues which involve international environmental law. The ILS co-sponsors the Jessup Moot Court Competition to encourage participation in the international legal community.
Jewish Law Students Association
The Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) is devoted to the support and appreciation of Jewish life at Vermont Law School. Additionally, JLSA seeks to strengthen bonds with the greater community through embracing our Jewish identity. The group focuses on such issues as cultural and religious integrity, anti-Semitism, legal rights, and Jewish contributions to the law. The group sponsors panel discussions, speakers, cultural activities, and informal social events. A delegation from JLSA recently spent their spring break in Israel connecting with the land and people by completing service projects benefiting local communities in the Negev Desert. Membership is open to the entire VLS community.
LALSA (Latin American Law Student Association)
The purpose of the Latin American Law Student Association is to provide personal, academic, and professional support for its members; to aid Vermont Law School in creating and promoting a healthy and prosperous environment for the study of law and the personal development of all law students; and to focus upon the relationship of Latino and Latina Law Students to their respective communities and to the legal system of the United States of America.
LSFRJ (Law Students For Reproductive Justice)
The Vermont Law School chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice is a national nonprofit network of law students and lawyers. Our organization educates, organizes, and supports law students to ensure that a new generation of advocates will be prepared to protect and expand reproductive rights as basic civil and human rights. LSFRJ brings Planned Parenthood to the VLS campus, conducts various informational and recreational events, and hosts an annual Roe v. Wade anniversary dinner and wine tasting.
National Lawyers Guild
The National Lawyers Guild is a nationwide group of lawyers, law students, legal workers, and others interested in social, economic, and political change. The VLS Chapter sponsors events designed to increase public awareness of civil rights, national security, environmental, and social justice issues. Specifically, the VLS Chapter hosts trainings, conferences, a radical speaker series, and advocates participation in the democratic process through non-violent direct action.
Phi Alpha Delta
Phi Alpha Delta is the largest service-oriented co-ed professional law fraternity in the United States of America. Founded in 1902, the organization currently has over 270,000 initiated members, including university students, law school students, lawyers, judges, senators and presidents.
SLSA (Secular Law Student Association)
The purpose of the SLSA is to educate the VLS Community and the public at large on the diverse array of beliefs held by those who do not affirmatively believe in a supreme being; to strive for the preservation of religious and non-religious freedoms guaranteed by the United States Constitution; and to endorse and promote the merits of science, rational thought and critical thinking.
Men's Rugby Football Club
The mission of the Men’s RFC is to play, promote, and enhance the game of rugby in the Vermont Law School community through increasing participation, improving our rugby skills and knowledge of the game, and by being ambassadors for the game of rugby in the Vermont Law School community. Furthermore, it is the mission of the Men’s RFC to possess camaraderie between its members and to ensure that all team members have fun while playing rugby.
NALS (Native American Law Society)
NALS exists to provide unity and cooperation among First Nations students and the greater Vermont Law School community. NALS is committed to promoting the understanding of First Nations cultures and the legal issues affecting indigenous people in the Americas. In addition the group seeks to provide a basis to work for the advancement of First Nations and to raise awareness within our communities about these issues and cultures. The Native American Law Society will strive to inform First Nations communities about Vermont Law School's focus and goals.
Since 1996, VLS Schweitzer Fellows have each contributed at least 200 hours of service annually on community projects they create. Projects have included community outreach to combat elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation; developing a program to teach high school and college students about environmental compliance; promoting accessible health care services; and assisting a rural region in New Hampshire with access to low income legal services.
The 2012-13 VLS Schweitzer Fellows, who join a long list of previous Fellows from Vermont Law School, are: Daniel Liebowitz and Ariel Solaski, who will launch a LPFM radio station for Royalton, Vermont, and surrounding towns with programming that emphasizes community health and well-being; Stephanie Peters, who will work to grow the client and volunteer base and raise community visibility for Rutland Volunteer Garden Service, a program launched by Schweitzer Fellow Kate Thomas '13 that pairs teens and seniors to provide gardening help and promote cross-generation connections; Robin Seila, who will implement yoga and meditation programming for senior citizens and cancer patients at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center; Karen White, who will partner with Have Justice-Will Travel, which was founded by Schweitzer Fellow Wynona Ward '98, to help provide legal assistance for victims of domestic violence; and Natalie Wicklund, who will work with Safeline to educate high school students in the Upper Valley area about dating violence with the goal of reducing such instances.
The 2011-12 VLS Fellows were Theo Fetter ‘12, William Tucker ‘12, Sarah Mooney ‘13, Ida Nininger ‘13, Vikram Patel ‘13 and Kate Thomas ‘13. The 2010-11 VLS Fellows were Kelly Connolly ‘12, Renee Gregory ‘11, Maximilian Merrill ‘12, Allison Silverman ‘12 and Michelle Tarnelli ‘12.
SCORE (Students for Community Outreach and Education)
Score's mission is to facilitate and improve the education and lives of the students at the South Royalton School and other local schools. Through our active and consistent participation in their education, we hope that we can impart some of our experiences onto them to give them a more well-rounded education. Finally, we aim to be a source of support for these individuals on a personal level so as to help them succeed in their goals.
Sports and Entertainment Law Society
The purpose of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society is to provide students at Vermont Law School with the opportunity to explore the sports and entertainment fields on an academic and social level. The SELS aims to give students a look into two of the most popular industries in our country by providing a common forum for discussion, alumni interaction, and academic learning. Because of the nature of these two industries, it is a major goal of the organization to focus on networking, sharing experiences, and the overall opportunities for legal work in sports and entertainment.
Trial Advocacy Advisory Board
The Trial Advocacy Mock Trial Competition is an intramural mock trial in which students act as lawyers and witnesses, and local attorneys act as judges. This competition is designed to expand opportunities for students interested in gaining litigating experience in law school. The intramural tournament exposes students to the trial process and allows them to gain valuable insight from experienced trial attorneys. The students argue once as prosecution and once as defense over the course of three nights. Local attorneys serve as trial judges, issuing rulings on motions, objections, and evidentiary questions. Individuals with the highest score earn the right to compete for a spot on the National Mock Trial Team.
Vermont Journal of Environmental Law
The mission of the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law (VJEL) is to combine cutting-edge technology with a multidisciplinary approach to a broad range of environmental issues in order to ensure a rapid presentation of information and to facilitate an enlightened discourse.
Vermont Law Review
The Vermont Law Review, a legal journal edited and managed by students, enjoys an international circulation. The journal publishes articles contributed by prominent legal scholars, as well as student-written notes and comments. As members of The Vermont Law Review, students engage in intensive legal research, writing and editing. Academic standing at the end of the first year or performance in a writing competition determines membership.
The VLS Republicans is a student organization whose purpose is to foster critical thought and debate about the application of Republican, Democratic, and other political principles to the law, through speakers, presentations, and its commitment to political awareness in the Law School community. We seek to promote awareness, discussion and respect of a vast range of political beliefs, while contributing to the representative voices that make the Vermont Law School political landscape so unique. Our meetings and membership are open to all students, irrespective of political persuasion or affectation.
Vermont Legal Research Group
The Vermont Legal Research Group publishes summaries of recent Vermont Superior Court and Vermont Supreme Court decisions for the Vermont Bar Association Newsletter and offers research services to Vermont attorneys. Membership is determined on the basis of a writing competition.
VLS Outdoors Club
The VLS Outdoors Club is dedicated to providing the tools, skills and knowledge needed to enjoy the outdoors, promoting outdoor education and outreach and diversifying the legal and ethical debate concerning the outdoors within VLS and the greater community.
VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program)
The Vermont Law School VITA program provides federal and state tax assistance to elderly, low-income, and disadvantaged taxpayers living in the communities surrounding the law school. Training is provided by the Internal Revenue Service and the Vermont State Tax Department. Designed to meet a community need, the program also gives second- and third-year students the opportunity to develop their skills in interviewing and counseling clients.
Women's Law Group
The Women's Law Group consists of students interested in the evolving status of women in the law. The group sponsors an annual conference, panel discussions and speakers on a wide variety of topics of interest to women and men, such as equity in the work place, domestic violence, alternative career paths within the law, and the unique ways in which the law impacts women.