Social Justice Mission Scholars are dedicated to advocating for equal opportunity and civic engagement at the intersection of public service and social change.
Mission Scholarships support students who come to Vermont Law School with a cause, and who want to use the power of the law to make a difference in their communities and the world. Social Justice Mission Scholars are selected based on their previous experiences in social justice and an interest in public l service and social justice projects in the future. They are an active force on the VLS campus, partnering with student groups such as BLSA, ALS and SPEAK to host events and contribute to local community projects.
Current Social Justice Mission Scholars
Monica Cooper JD'22
Chair - Social Justice Mission Scholars
Hannah Andrew JD'21
Mariana Muñoz JD'21
Kayley Olson JD'21
Theophilus Agbi JD'21
Nicole Caudell JD'22
Katie Clukey JD'23
Ricardo “Rico” J.J. Edwards MARJ’19 JD’22
Caitlin Kennedy MARJ’19 JD’22
Liz Mackey MARJ’19 JD’23
Name (if different from what shows up on email)
Legal Name: Kaelin Mackey
Preferred Name: Liz Mackey (she/her/hers)
Liz grew up in southern Vermont, dodging sticks and corn ears thrown by her older brothers. From early on, Liz's parents instilled in her a small-town Vermont, service-oriented mindsight. Whether through trail maintenance (bushwhacking), or volunteer coaching, Liz developed a passion for supporting her community.
Surprisingly, Liz followed in her mischievous brothers' footsteps, attending Middlebury College for her undergraduate degree. In 2010, she earned a B.A. in History and obtained a VT teaching license in 7-12 Social Studies. In 2013, while serving as an AmeriCorps member in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Liz earned her M.Ed. from Northeastern University.
Ronald Slaven JD’23
Thomas Durham JD/MARJ’23
Thomas Durham grew up in San Antonio, TX and along with his older sister and twin brother was raised by a single mother who worked hard to pursue her education and provide for her family. He graduated from Health Careers High School and went on to attend Texas A&M Corpus Christi College. After an unsuccessful couple of years Thomas left school and returned home to San Antonio. It was after attempting to figure out what to do next that Thomas enlisted in the Air Force and went on to serve at Nellis AFB.