This award is sponsored by the Social Justice Scholars at Vermont Law School. The Scholars are a select group of VLS students chosen through a competitive application process based on their demonstrated commitment to creating a more just society. They carry forward Vermont Law School’s tradition of leadership on social justice issues. To this end, they created the award to honor a Vermont Law School alumnus/a who has demonstrated a deep and abiding commitment to causes of social justice.
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The Social Justice Mission Scholars at Vermont Law School announced Rebecca (Becca) Watson O'Connor JD'00 as the first recipient of the Social Justice Scholars Alumni Award in 2016.
Becca exemplifies the type of long-term commitment to social justice the Social Justice Mission Scholars seek to recognize with this award. She is currently the Vice President of Public Policy for the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. She works with lawmakers to shape legislation protecting victims' rights, and is quoted frequently in national news outlets on the subject of victims' rights. Becca has held this position for the last three years, but her advocacy for social justice goes well beyond that. She worked for five years in the State of Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (2003-08), and was the Policy Director for the D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence for two years before assuming her current position.
The Social Justice Mission Scholars received many nominations, and agreed that all are worthy of the award. The selection process affirmed the fact that VLS graduates are working hard for social justice around the world; the Social Justice Mission Scholars are proud to be joining this admirable tradition.
Becca was honored at an award ceremony at Vermont Law School on June 17, 2016 during Homecoming Weekend, June 17-18, 2016.
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