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Homecoming 2017

June 23-24, 2017 / South Royalton & Killington, Vermont

Schedule of Events

Please note that these events, dates and times are subject to change. Please keep checking back on this page for the most updated information.

ATTENTION: Please note that some event day and location have been swapped - see those highlighted events on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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Friday, June 23

9:30 AM–5:00 PM
Chase Breezeway, VLS
Check in at VLS to receive your name tag and up-to-date weekend activity details and materials.

10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Legal Ethics in the Practice of Law, fine tuning your ethics antennae and problem solving using...The Good Wife
Vermont Law School, Oakes 107

Earn CLE credit and take this two hour course with Professor Liz Ryan Cole. Please fill out the form here.

10:30 AM (11:00 AM Shotgun Start)
Golf Tournament
Woodstock Country Club
10:30 AM Check-In; 11:00 AM-5:00 PM Tournament (11:00 AM Shot Gun Start) 18 holes, scramble format, Teams of four. $75.00/ per person ($300 four person teams). Lunch provided. Awards ceremony to follow. Contact Bethany Kent at bkent@vermontlaw.edu with questions.

1:00– 2:00 PM
Deans Suite Dessert and Conversation
President's Office

1:00– 2:30 PM
SRLC and ENRLC Open Houses
SRLC and ENRLC Building

We will have open houses available at the South Royalton Legal Clinic and the Environmental Natural Resources Law Clinic.

2:00– 3:30 PM
Law Review Affinity Group Meeting
Law Review Building

Join the Vermont Law Review in celebrating their 41st Volume. Hear from students Jessica Bullock’17 and Tucker Jones JD'17. Enjoy mixing and mingling with current students, faculty, staff, reviewing early books on display, and learning more about how to get further involved with the Law Review Affinity group.

4:00-5:00 PM
Social Justice Scholars Round Table Discussion
Hoff Lounge, VLS

The Social Justice 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. The Scholars carry forward Vermont Law School’s tradition of leadership on social justice issues. Join us as we honor the second social justice scholars alumni award recipient Alexandra Goncalves-Pena JD/MSEL'06, along with award nominees Bobby Sand '87 and Rory Thibault '07. 

5:00-6:30 PM
Welcome Party / Ceremony and Reception
Yates Common Room, VLS

Members of the community are invited to gather and network with alumni, faculty, staff , the social justice scholar students, and Alexandra Goncalves-Pena JD/MSEL'06, the 2017 Social Justice Scholars Alumni Award recipient. The Social Justice Scholars created the Social Justice Scholars Alumni Award to honor a Vermont Law School alumnus/a who has demonstrated a deep and abiding commitment to causes of social justice. 

7:00 PM
Reunion Class Gatherings
Locations Below

Classes ending in '2 and '7 will celebrate milestone reunions this year. Stay tuned for locations of each class's dinner gathering.To register for your class gathering select either the package or a la carte option.

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The Professor Firestone Bobblehead!

We have a winner! John Hughes JD'06, one of the first 50 people to register for Homecoming, is the lucky recipient of this year's version of the much-coveted Professor Firestone bobblehead. His name was pulled at random in the drawing for the doll made to resemble Professor David Firestone. Congratulations, John, and thank you, Professor Firestone!

Professor Firestone


Children are welcome at Homecoming as most events are family-friendly. Magic Mountain Daycare professionals offer childcare via "Camp VLS" for children 3-12 years of age. Parents can sign their child(ren) in and out of camp as needed throughout the weekend. Pre-registration is required.

Friday, June 23

5:00–7:00 PM

Movie and Pizza Night
Vermont Law School
Dinner provided

Saturday, June 24

8:30 AM–4:30 PM

Camp VLS
Vermont Law School / Magic Mountain, South Royalton

6:00–10:00 PM

Game Night
Killington Grand Hotel

Saturday, June 24

8:00 AM–2:00 PM
Chase Breezeway, VLS

Check in at VLS to receive your name tag and up-to-date weekend activity details and materials.

8:30-10:00 AM
Leaders' Circle Breakfast (Invitation Only)
Yates Common Room

Members of the Leaders' Circle, President's Society, the 2017 Reunion Committees, the Class of '77, and special guests are invited to join President and Dean Marc Mihaly for breakfast. This event is by invitation only. For more information, contact Vice President for Institutional Advancement Mary Welz at mwelz@vermontlaw.edu or (802) 831-1079.

9:00-11:00 AM
South Royalton and VLS Historic Walking Tours

9:00–10:00 AM
River Relaxation Yoga led by Chrissy LeFavour
Outdoor Classroom

Take a riverside yoga class designed for all levels, body types, and abilities. Inspired by a beautiful setting, take time out from a busy weekend to connect with your body and breath. Slow warm-ups lead to a variety of postures followed by meditation and relaxation. Bring a water bottle, yoga mat (if you have one and an outdoor blanket.) Optional: sun glasses, and hat, warm layers. This session will be led by Chrissy LeFavour. For more information on Chrissy or the Grateful Yoga VT studio, visit:http://www.gratefulyogavt.com/instructors/

10:00 AM
Bike Rides through Rural Vermont
Front of Oakes, VLS

Road bike and helmets required! 31 miles Led by Joe Cook'97 through Tunbridge and East Randolph (includes 9 covered bridges). All rides are free and self-supported and intended to be group rides, with an emphasis on staying together and enjoying Vermont’s beauty from the best vantage point--on a bike! For specific route details, difficulty levels or other VLS bike ride questions, please contact the Alumni Office. To sign up please email Melissa Harwood at mharwood@vermontlaw.edu

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
The State of VLS
Chase Community Center, VLS

Hear from President and Dean Marc Mihaly, Incoming President and Dean Tom McHenry, Deputy Vice Dean for Academic Affairs Beth McCormack and Vermont Law School Alumni Association Board President Brian Martin '10 to learn about new initiatives and centers for excellence. 

10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Hike up Kent's Ledge
Front steps of Debevoise

Meet on the front steps of Debevoise. Bring a water bottle, hat, and any clothing layers you might need.

11:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Alumni Program Networking Session
Chase Community Center, VLS

Learn how you can get further involved with our various Alumni Engagement programs, including the VLSAA, Mentoring program,  Affinity Groups, Regional Groups, and much more!

11:00 AM
Chase Community Center; VLS

How would your classmates remember you? What are your best memories at VLS? Was there a professor who had a particularly strong influence on your life? Tracey Lewis'09 will be at the Alumni Program Networking Session and she'll be asking you these questions and more!

Questions? Email Tracey Lewis '09 at tlew09@gmail.com.

12:00-2:30 PM
Homecoming Barbecue
Back Lawn of Debevoise

Join us for lunch, lawn games, and live music by the Vermont-based Cajun band The Green Mountain Playboys.

2:10-2:50 PM
Parade Line Up and Class Photos
Front steps of Debevoise

If your class year ends in '7 or '2, you're celebrating a milestone reunion! Gather in front of Debevoise to line up for the third annual all alumni parade and take your class photo.

2:15 p.m. / Class of 1977
2:20 p.m / Class of 1982
2:25 p.m. / Class of 1987
2:30 p.m. / Class of 1992
2:35 p.m. / Class of 1997
2:40 p.m. / Class of 2002
2:45 p.m. / Class of 2007
2:50 p.m. / Class of 2012

2:55-3:00 PM
Front steps of Debevoise to Outdoor Classroom, South Royalton

All Alumni are invited to participate in the third annual all alumni parade. Alumni will gather in front of Debevoise Hall and proceed with their classes to the Outdoor Classroom for the Awards Ceremony.

3:00-3:45 PM
Dean's Welcome and Awards Ceremony
Debevoise Back Lawn

The culmination of the Parade will be the Awards Ceremony and Reunion Giving Ceremony where we will present the seventh annual VLSAA Distinguished Alumni Award to Marilyn Bartlett JD'91, the third annual Alumni Service Award to S. Mark Sciarrotta JD'96, and honor the class reunion gift effort.

3:45-4:30 PM
Ice Cream Social
Debevoise Back Lawn

4:00-5:30 PM
Glimpse of the past at the South Royalton Pub
South Royalton House Pub

5:00–7:00 PM
Vermont Law School Trivia 
Pool area, Killington Grand Hotel

Think you know all there is to know about VLS? Prove it at our VLS trivia session at the Killington Grand Hotel. Teams can be made ahead of time by emailing Melissa at mharwood@vermontlaw.edu or just pop in that evening and we’ll add you to a team. Questions will cover both current events and facts about VLS. 

7:00–10:00 PM
Mountain Top Reception at Peak Lodge
Peak Lodge, Killington Grand Hotel

Ride up the scenic gondola, and gather with fellow alumni and families, faculty, and staff for a mountaintop celebration at the peak of one of Killington's mountains.

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