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VT Law Receives $500,000 Anonymous Gift

April 10, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
CONTACT: Peter Glenshaw, Director of Communications, Vermont Law School
Office: 802-831-1318, cell: 603-738-8487, home: 603-795-4764, pglenshaw@vermontlaw.edu

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt., April 10, 2014—Vermont Law School, ranked number 1 in the nation for environmental law and in the top 20 for clinical training, has received a gift of $.5 million from an anonymous donor.

Given by a trustee who wishes to remain anonymous, the unrestricted gift may be used to support any number of programs and initiatives at the school, from leadership and faculty development to scholarships.

“This generous gift is a testament to the donor’s belief in the work we do at Vermont Law School,” said President and Dean Marc Mihaly. “Unrestricted gifts give us flexibility. They enable the school to seize new opportunities as well as retain our small class sizes, top-rated clinical training programs, and talented faculty—all of which our alumni cite as key to their success in practice.

“We are thankful to this anonymous donor and to all of our supporters who share our commitment to developing a generation of leaders who use the law to make a difference,” Mihaly said.

In addition to the $.5 million gift, Vermont Law has received several significant gifts and grants in the last six months, including $1.5 million pledged to support its environmental program and a $700,000 grant extension from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for the school’s environmental projects in Southeast Asia.

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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 www.vermontlaw.edu, find us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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