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Innovative Criminal Justice Practices to be Examined at Vermont Law Conference

November 15, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — November 14, 2013

Peter Glenshaw, Director of Communications, Vermont Law School
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SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt.—A first-of-its-kind conference focused on innovative criminal justice practices in Vermont will be held later this week at Vermont Law School. Participants include Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Reiber, Attorney General William Sorrell, Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan, and Vermont Law School President and Dean Marc Mihaly. Altogether, more than 200 judges, prosecutors, private defense attorneys, legislators and other stakeholders in criminal justice in Vermont will be participating in the conference.

The conference, which is sold out but will be available to members of the media, is designed to highlight innovative programs at all phases of the criminal justice system, according to its co-organizer, Robert L. Sand ‘87, the former Windsor County State’s Attorney who is now the Senior Policy and Legal Advisor with Vermont Department of Public Safety and a member of the criminal law faculty at Vermont Law School.

“We want to look at the entire system—from before a crime occurs through to sentencing and beyond—to ask if there is a better way to manage criminal justice in Vermont,” said Sand. “Some counties in Vermont have a broad array of options available to judges and prosecutors, and other counties offer very limited options. This is a chance for everyone involved in criminal justice in Vermont to learn more about innovative practices that could be adopted on a larger scale.”

The topics to be examined at the conference include rapid intervention community courts, court-ordered assessments at arraignment, integrated domestic violence dockets, and the challenges involved with starting, maintaining, and sustaining a drug or alcohol treatment docket.

In addition to Sand, there will be other Vermont Law faculty participating in the conference as moderators, including adjunct professor Anna Saxman ’85 and associate professor Michele Martinez Campbell.

The conference will be held from 8:30am to 4:15pm on Friday, November 15, 2013, in the Chase Center at Vermont Law School. The conference agenda and list of presenters is available online. The conference is supported by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program through funding provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, has the top-ranked environmental law program and one of the top-ranked clinical training programs in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor curriculum that emphasizes public service; two Master’s Degrees (Master of Environmental Law and Policy, and Master of Energy Regulation and Law), and three post-JD degrees — LLM in American Legal Studies (for foreign-trained lawyers), LLM in Energy Law, and LLM in Environmental Law. The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center, the South Royalton Legal Clinic, and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic. For more information, visit

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