Dean Locker is the Associate Dean for Experiential Learning at VLGS. In that role she helps lead all of the school’s clinical programs including the externship program, where she serves as the Program Director. Professor Locker’s own law school experience included extensive clinical opportunities including a full-time externship in juvenile law at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and work with a Child Advocacy Law Clinic. While in law school she served on the Michigan Journal of Race and Law, co-chaired the student LGBTQIA group, and participated in a wide range of public interest related student organizations.
Beth returned to Vermont Law in 2017 after spending a year working in Georgia on behalf of children and families involved with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. In addition to her work in child advocacy, Beth has a long history of working in legal education. Here at VLGS, she served as Associate Director of Career Services from 2012 to 2016. Prior to that she was an Assistant Professor and Director of the Field Placement Clinic at Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University and a Post-Graduate Fellow in Law at the Barton Child Law & Policy Center at Emory University School of Law.
Beth’s work in child advocacy includes serving as Policy Director for Voices for Georgia’s Children and as the Deputy Project Director for the Supreme Court of Georgia’s Committee on Justice for Children. Prior to law school, she worked as a school teacher and advocate on behalf of LGBTQIA youth.
She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan School of Law.