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Nominate a Distinguished Alumna or Alumnus

The Vermont Law School Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the sixth VLSAA Distinguished Alumni Award.

The nomination period will be open Thursday, November 19th-Friday, January 29th.

The VLSAA Distinguished Alumni Award was established by the Board of Directors of the Vermont Law School Alumni Association in March 2011. The award shall be given "to that alumnus/a who exemplifies and enhances the VLS core values of community, diversity, service, ethics, and justice, and who enhances the reputation of Vermont Law School in the greater community."

Harold Eaton Distinguished AlumniThe inaugural award in 2011 was presented to J. Scott Cameron JD'80, in recognition of his many years of service to VLS and his significant contributions to the legal community. In 2012, the award was presented to Wynona Ward JD'98, in recognition of her role as founder of Have Justice Will Travel, a model program directed at bringing an end to the generational cycle of abuse for women and children in rural communities. In 2013 the recipient was Professor Linda Smiddy JD'79, the first alumnus to become tenured faculty at Vermont Law, in recognition of her contributions to scholarship and the legal profession. The 2014 award was presented to David Mears JD'91, who was recognized for his steadfast advocacy, leadership and service. The Honorable Justice Harold "Duke" Eaton JD'81 received last year's 2015 award for his exemplary leadership over 35 years in a public service legal career.

Nominations for the 2016 VLSAA Distinguished Alumni Award should be sent to vlsaa@vermontlaw.edu. Receipt of nominations will be acknowledged. Nominations should include a brief paragraph describing the reasons for the nomination, along with a bio or CV for the nominee. Nominations from prior years will not carry over, but prior nominees may certainly be considered again, in which case a new nomination should be submitted.

The recipient will be selected by the VLSAA Board at its March 19, 2015 meeting, and the award will be presented during Vermont Law School's Homecoming Weekend on June 18, 2016. Questions should be addressed to Kristin Gladd JD'10 at kgladd@gmail.com.

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