Jones '12, VLS to Receive Top Awards from Vermont Association for Justice
April 24, 2012
Vermont Law School student Dee Jones '12 will receive the Martha Woodman Consumer Advocacy Award from the Vermont Association for Justice for her inspirational character and courageous challenge to the discriminatory practices of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, the VTAJ announced.
The award will be presented at the VTAJ's annual meeting on May 18, where the group also will present the Frank G. Mahady Public Service Award to Vermont Law School for its support of Jones during her VLS career and her litigation.
Jones, who is legally blind and has an auditory learning disability, won a preliminary injunction from a federal judge last year saying the Bar Examiners had to allow her to use a computer during the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam, the legal ethics exam that all lawyers must take before they practice in most states.
The computer allows Jones, who hopes to practice disability law, to use two types of software that enlarge text, highlight words in different colors and read text aloud, so that she can fully comprehend the material.