Alumni Awards of Distinction

Social Justice Scholars Alumni Award

2019 Award Recipient

Cynthia Burns JD'88

Cynthia BurnsThe Social Justice Mission Scholars announced Cynthia Burns JD’88 as the recipient of the fourth annual Social Justice Scholars Alumni Award, honoring an alumnus or alumna who has demonstrated a deep and abiding commitment to causes of social justice.

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.

Cynthia Burns JD'88 has been chosen as our 2019 Vermont Law School Social Justice Scholar's Alumni Award recipient, an environmental advocate focused on ... READ MORE

 

The VLSAA Distinguished Alumni Award

2019 Award Recipient

Patricia Whalen JD'79

Patricia Whalen JD'79

The Vermont Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors has selected Hon. Patricia Whalen as the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award.

The VLSAA Distinguished Alumni Award was established by the Board of Directors of the Vermont Law School Alumni Association in March 2011. The award is given to alumni who exemplify and enhance "the VLS core values of community, diversity, service, ethics, and justice, and who enhance the reputation of Vermont Law School in the greater community."

The inaugural award in 2011 was presented to J. Scott Cameron JD'80. In 2012, the award was presented to Wynona Ward JD'98. In 2013, the award was presented to Professor Linda Smiddy JD'79. In 2014, the award was presented to David Mears JD'91. In 2015, the award was presented to The Honorable Justice Harold "Duke" Eaton JD'80. In 2016, the award was presented to Gabor Rona JD'78. In 2017, the award was presented to Dr. Marilyn Bartlett JD'91. And in 2018, the award was presented to Elizabeth MacDonough JD'98, for her service to the nation as the sixth parliamentarian of the U.S. Senate; she is also the first woman to hold the position in either the Senate or the House of Representatives.

Hon. Patricia Whalen has been a judge for over 20 years, working in U.S., Bosnia and Herzegovina court systems... READ MORE

Alumni Service Award

2019 Award Recipient

Jami Westerhold JD/MSEL’08

Jami WesterholdVermont Law School has selected Jami Westerhold JD/MSEL’08 as the fifth recipient of the annual Alumni Service Award.

The Alumni Service Award recognizes volunteer service to Vermont Law School, especially active participation in alumni or school affairs, as well as faithful and continued effort in maintaining class, interest group or other alumni organizations.

The award was presented to Karis North JD’95 in 2015, Jackie Brilling JD’79 in 2016, S. Mark Sciarrotta JD’96 in 2017, and Susan Lacoste MSEL'03 in 2018. 

With a passion for the environment, Jami Westerhold JD/MSEL'08 decided to attend VLS with the aspiration of translating legalese for ... READ MORE

 

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