Professor Clara Gimenez is a 2003 graduate of the Vermont Law School, where she was Vermont editor of the Vermont Law Review, a member of the National Moot Court Team, and a Dean's Fellow. She currently teaches Evidence, the Civil Rights Seminar, and Professional Responsibility. From 2007 to 2013 Prof. Gimenez served as Assistant Dean and Deputy Vice Dean for Academic Affairs.
A native of Madrid, Professor Gimenez earned her Licenciatura from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 1990. Prior to attending law school, she taught Spanish and Spanish literature at Dartmouth College, Colby College, and the University of Virginia. After receiving her JD degree and prior to joining VLS, she served as a law clerk for the Hon. Jeffrey L. Amestoy, chief justice of the Vermont Supreme Court and practiced law at Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP, in Burlington, Vermont. Her note on "Vermont Rule of Evidence 404(b): Admissibility of Prior Bad Acts in the 'Context' of Child Molestation Cases" was published in the Vermont Law Review.
In 2009, Prof. Gimenez received the Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award presented by the Vermont Women in Higher Education to a woman in higher education in the early stages of her career who demonstrates excellence in her professional contributions and shows promise and potential for future contributions.
Professor Giménez is active in several committees serving the Vermont legal community. She serves as reporter on the Vermont Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence, Vice-Chair of the Board of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education, and as a member of the Regulators Committee on the Well-Being of the Legal Profession.
Awards & Accomplishments
Board Member, American Civil Liberties Union - Vermont, Board of Directors, 2004-2006; 2008-2009
Vermont Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board, 2011
Vermont Joint Committee on Attorney Oversight, 2011
Awards, Honors or Grants
Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award, presented by the Vermont Women in Higher Education to a woman in higher education in the early stages of her career who demonstrates excellence in her professional contributions and shows promise and potential for future contributions, 2009
Learned Hand Award, presented by Vermont Law School to the graduating student with the highest grade point average, 2003