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June 22-23, 2018

South Royalton and Killington, Vermont

All alumni are welcome to join us for Vermont Law School's Homecoming and 42nd Reunion Weekend. Classes ending in '8 or '3 are celebrating milestone reunions.
>> 1978 / 40th
>> 1998 / 20th
>> 1983 / 35th
>> 2003 / 15th
>> 1988 / 30th
>> 2008 / 10th
>> 1993 / 25th
>> 2013 / 5th


REGISTRATION opens in April.

Revisit the adventure and the place you once called home. Remember, swans fly together!

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.

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Friday, June 22

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

10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
Ethics CLE Class
Vermont Law School, Oakes 107

Earn CLE credit. More information coming soon.

10:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M. (11:00 A.M. Shotgun Start)
Golf Tournament
Woodstock Country Club
10:30 A.M. Registration; 11:00 A.M.-5:30 P.M. Tournament (11:00 A.M. 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 or 802-831-1306 with questions.

1:00–3:00 P.M.
Open Houses for the SRLC and ENRLC

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

1:15-2:30 P.M.

Samara Anderson '03 will lead a yin and yang yoga class with some movement and relazation, designed for all levels, body types, and abilities. Take time out from a busy weekend to connect with your body and breath. Bring a water bottle; yoga mats provided.

2:00-3:00 P.M.
Deans Suite Dessert and Coffee
Deans Suite

Join President and Dean Thomas McHenry, faculty, and alumni for conversation and light desserts.

3:00-5:00 P.M.
40th Anniversary of the Environmental Law Center and Tribute to Richard Brooks
Chase Center

Join Vermont Law School faculty, staff, students, and alumni to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Environmental Law Center (ELC), with a special tribute to Richard Brooks, founder of the ELC.

5:00–6:30 P.M.
Welcome Back Party, Homecoming Reception, and Dean's Welcome
Yates Common Room

President and Dean Thomas McHenry welcomes VLS alumni, faculty, staff, and students to Homecoming and Reunion 2018.

Reunion Class Gatherings
Various locations

Classes ending in '3 and '8 celebrate milestone reunions this year. Join your classmates at your reunion class gathering!

    • 1978 Class Gathering - TBD
    • 1983 Class Gathering - Home of Maureen Martin '83, Pomfret, VT
    • 1988 Class Gathering - TBD
    • 1993 Class Gathering - TBD
    • 1998 Class Gathering - TBD
    • 2003 Class Gathering - TBD
    • 2008 Class Gathering - TBD
    • 2013 Class Gathering - TBD

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 Reserve your room now 

Click here to reserve a room at Killington's Grand Resort Hotel. Take advantage of the special VLS rate!

See also our list of accommodations in and around South Royalton.

 31st Annual Alumni Golf Tournament 

Learn more and register for the VLS Golf Tournament on Friday, June 22, 2018.



Children are welcome at Homecoming as most events are family-friendly. Magic Mountain Daycare licensed professionals will take care of children ages 2-12. Parents can sign their child(ren) in and out of camp as needed throughout the weekend. Fee: $5/day per child. Pre-registration is required.

Friday, June 22

5:00–7:00 PM

Movie and Pizza Night
Vermont Law School
Dinner provided

Saturday, June 23

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


Revisit the Adventure

From an early VLS document, A History of Vermont Law School:
  “The facts surrounding the birth of this great law school adventure and its growth over the past six weeks will probably seem like tall tales to the incoming students in October. The same story will probably be related as a mythology twenty years from now. Some us arrived here totally unprepared for the adventure while others of us had visited the area or at least had heard rumors about the library in a chicken coop, etc….For all of us it has undoubtable been an experience.”  


Saturday, June 23

8:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M.
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 A.M.
VLSAA Board Meeting
Hoff Lounge

9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M.
12th Annual Bike Ride through Rural Vermont
Front of Oakes building

Join fellow Swans for a fantastic ride through rural Vermont, led by John Kessler'88 and Sarah North '00.

8:30-10:00 A.M.
President's Breakfast (Invitation Only)
Yates Common Room

Members of the Leaders' Circle, President's Society, members of the Class of '78, and reunion volunteers are invited to join President and Dean Thomas McHenry for breakfast. This event is by invitation only. For more information, contact Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development Mary Welz at mwelz@vermontlaw.edu or (802) 831-1079.

10:00-11:00 A.M.
The State of VLS
Nina Thomas Classroom/Hoff Lounge

Hear about the latest innovations on campus from VLS faculty and staff.

10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
Hike Up Kent's Ledge
Kent's Ledge

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

11:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
Film screening and discussion of the documentary "Out of Balance" directed by Tom Jackson '93
Chase Center

“Out of Balance: ExxonMobil’s Impact on Climate Change,” directed by Tom Jackson '93, shows the influence that the largest company in the world has on governments, the media and citizens and what can be done about global warming. Learn more about the documentary and see the trailer here. Tom Jackson '93, director of "Out of Balance," will lead a question and answer discussion after the screening.

12:30-2:30 P.M.
Homecoming Barbecue
Debevoise Back Lawn

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

2:10-2:50 P.M.
Parade Line Up and Class Photos
Front steps of Debevoise

If your class year ends in '3 or '8, you're celebrating a milestone reunion! Gather in front of Debevoise to line up for the fourth annual all alumni parade and take your class photo.

2:15 p.m. / Class of 1978
2:20 p.m / Class of 1983
2:25 p.m. / Class of 1988
2:30 p.m. / Class of 1993
2:35 p.m. / Class of 1998
2:40 p.m. / Class of 2003
2:45 p.m. / Class of 2008
2:50 p.m. / Class of 2013

2:55-3:00 P.M.
Front steps of Debevoise to the back lawn of Debevoise, South Royalton

All alumni are invited to participate in the fourth annual all alumni parade. Parade walkers will gather in front of Debevoise Hall and proceed with their classes to the back lawn of Debevoise for the Awards Ceremony.

3:00-4:00 P.M.
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 eigth annual VLSAA Distinguished Alumni Award, the fourth annual Alumni Service Award, the third Social Justice Scholars Award, and honor the class reunion gift effort.

4:00-4:30 P.M.
Ice Cream Social
Debevoise Back Lawn

4:00-5:00 P.M.
Social Justice Scholars Round Table Discussion
Hoff Lounge

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 third social justice scholars alumni award recipient.

4:00-5:30 P.M.
Glimpse of the past at the South Royalton Pub
South Royalton House Pub

5:00–7:00 P.M.
Vermont Law School Trivia and Pool Party 
Killington Grand Pool

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 P.M.
Mountain Top Reception at Peak Lodge
Peak Lodge, Killington Grand Hotel

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

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