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VLS Commencement Day to Include Address by Amy Goodman, Groundbreaking for New Center for Legal Services

May 10, 2011

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- Amy Goodman, the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, will be the commencement speaker May 21 at Vermont Law School's 36th graduation ceremony. The public is invited to attend the event, which begins at 10 a.m. on the South Royalton town green.

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Amy Goodman

Groundbreaking for the Center for Legal Services will be at 8:30 a.m. at 190 Chelsea Street along the town square. The historic building will undergo a $3.5 million renovation and conversion into the new home of the South Royalton Legal Clinic and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic.

Goodman is the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, known as the "alternative Nobel Prize," for "developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media." Democracy Now!, a daily, independent news program airing on more 800 TV and radio stations in North America, is the largest public media collaboration in the United States.

Commencement week events include a guest lecture at 4 p.m., May 20, in Oakes Hall 012 by Annie Leonard, author of The Story of Stuff, who has spent nearly two decades investigating and organizing on environmental health and justice issues.

Edward Mattes, Jr., '83, chair of the Board of Trustees, will preside over commencement exercises. Honorary degrees will be given to Goodman, Leonard and Scott Cameron '80, former chair of the Board of Trustees. The student speaker will be Cory Steckler, who will receive a Juris Doctor degree and a Master of Environmental Law and Policy degree.

More information is available at our Commencement pages.

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