Cara Cookson, J.D. is an independent policy advisor and consultant who teaches courses in the Restorative Justice Program as well as the General Practice Program at VLS. As the former Policy Director for the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services, Cara spent several years advocating for victim rights in the Vermont statehouse and provided legal consultation and technical assistance for victim service professionals, prosecutors, and criminal justice stakeholders around the state. Cara also has represented individual and business clients as a general practice litigator, served as a law clerk the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont, and worked as a U.S. Senate aide to the late Senator Jim Jeffords (I-VT). In 2014, Cara edited the Vermont Bar Association Family Law Section's revision of the Vermont Family Law Practice Manual. Cara earned her Juris Doctorate summa cum laude from Vermont Law School in 2010.