Vermont Law School

Vermont Law School
164 Chelsea Street, PO Box 96, South Royalton, VT 05068, USA
Phone: 802.831.1239 | Toll-free: 888.277.5985 | Fax: 802.831.1174
Email: admiss@vermontlaw.edu | Website: www.vermontlaw.edu

Does your law school have a nondiscrimination policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation?

Vermont Law School (VLS) is committed to promoting an employment and educational environment free from unlawful harassment, sexual harassment, and discrimination. Unlawful harassment or discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability (including duty of reasonable accommodation), ethnicity, HIV-positive status, national origin, place of birth, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity/expression), sexual orientation, or veteran status as defined by applicable law (“protected characteristics”) is prohibited and will not be tolerated.  This policy applies to all VLS employees, officers, trustees, and students with regard to their actions in connection with the application or admissions process, educational activities, career services, employment, or other law school-related activities. 

Does your law school have a nondiscrimination policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity?

Vermont Law School (VLS) is committed to promoting an employment and educational environment free from unlawful harassment, sexual harassment, and discrimination. Unlawful harassment or discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability (including duty of reasonable accommodation), ethnicity, HIV-positive status, national origin, place of birth, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity/expression), sexual orientation, or veteran status as defined by applicable law (“protected characteristics”) is prohibited and will not be tolerated.  This policy applies to all VLS employees, officers, trustees, and students with regard to their actions in connection with the application or admissions process, educational activities, career services, employment, or other law school-related activities. 

Does your law school provide gender-neutral restrooms?

Yes

Does your law school have a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender student organization?

Vermont Law School Alliance

Contact: Alliance@vermontlaw.edu
Website: https://www.vermontlaw.edu/community/student-groups

The Vermont Law School Alliance is a coalition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and straight members of the law school community who: strive to achieve equality before the law; educate the community about GLBTQQ identities; oppose homophobia and heterosexism; sponsor conferences, speakers, and social events; and promote diversity in the Vermont community.

Faculty Advisor: Professor Greg Johnson, gjohnson@vermontlaw.edu

Does your school have any openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender faculty members?

John Miller ‘09
Vice President for Enrollment Management, Marketing and Communications
Adjunct Professor
jmiller@vermontlaw.edu

Greg Johnson
Director of the Legal Writing Program
Professor of Law
gjohnson@vermontlaw.edu

Beth Locker
Director, JD Externship Program
Assistant Professor of Law
blocker@vermontlaw.edu

Clara Jimenez 
Associate Professor of Law
cgimenez@vermontlaw.edu

Does your school have any openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender administrators?

John Miller ‘09
Vice President for Enrollment Management, Marketing and Communications
Adjunct Professor
jmiller@vermontlaw.edu

Melody DeFlorio
Director of Financial Aid and Online Enrollment Services
mdeflorio@vermontlaw.edu

Kristin Dexter
Assistant Registrar
kdexter@vermontlaw.edu

Does your law school offer any academic courses primarily focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender legal issues?

Sexual Orientation and the Law Seminar – offered every year*
This seminar will examine the way law and legal systems affect the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people. We will address domestic and international laws that sanction discrimination against the LGBT community and examine the present challenges faced by this community on the road to equality.

Civil Rights Seminar – offered every year*
This seminar examines the civil rights movement that began in the years before Brown v. Board of Education and continued throughout the 1950s and 1960s.  This examination is based on the PBS video series "Eyes on the Prize" and additional readings.  The videos and the readings provide social, cultural, and historical perspectives on the civil rights movement and the legal developments that grew out of that movement.

* classes and frequency subject to change

Does your law school offer the same benefits to faculty, staff, or student same-sex spouses as they do opposite-sex spouses?

Vermont Law School offers Domestic Partner Coverage to students, faculty, and staff. This includes same-sex spouses and civil unions. For information on health insurance coverage, contact our Human Resources department at kharris@vermontlaw.edu

Does your law school offer any form of domestic-partner benefits to faculty, staff, or students?

Vermont Law School offers Domestic Partner Coverage to students, faculty, and staff. This includes same-sex spouses and civil unions. For information on health insurance coverage, contact our Human Resources department at kharris@vermontlaw.edu

Additional Information

Vermont Law School (VLS) values diversity and the inclusion of all people. VLS was one of the first to include sexual orientation (1986) and gender identity (2005) in our nondiscrimination policy, and our annual conference on gay and lesbian civil rights -- longest running in the country -- has been anticipating and advancing social change since 1992. The State of Vermont has been a leader in granting civil rights to LGBT people (civil unions and now marriage), with an ongoing commitment to equality that VLS has both encouraged and joined. Our entire community is committed to issues of social importance. This collaborative climate fosters social awareness that is evident in the people as well as our facilities. We encourage you to speak to your passions during the admissions process. Describe your journey to law school and as an evolving individual without fear of discrimination or misplaced judgment.