Dean Shields Honored with State House Resolution
April 30, 2012
The Vermont General Assembly recently honored retiring Vermont Law School President and Dean Jeff Shields and his wife Genie with a resolution recognizing their dedication to VLS and Vermont over the last eight years.
According to the resolution, which was introduced by Rep. Sarah Buxton '10:
"Whereas, Dean Shields' leadership ushered in a stronger, more globally inclusive environmental network of clinics, institutes, and courses and also established path-breaking partnerships with universities in China, and
"Whereas, his wife, Genie, created a support program (VLS Partners Group) for the men and women who dared to accompany their partners through law school, and the Shields hosted more than 600 events for various groups at their home, and
"Whereas, significant new academic programs begun during Dean Jeff Shields' years on the VLS campus have included the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law, the Institute for Energy and the Environment, and the Agricultural Law Center, and
"Whereas, major building projects during his tenure included the rehabilitation and expansion of the old South Royalton School, known as the Debevoise building, creation of a new Center for Legal Services, breaking ground for a new fitness center, and the opening of an outdoor classroom, now therefore be it
"Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives: That the General Assembly honors retiring Vermont Law School President Geoffrey B. Shields and his wife, Genie, for a remarkable period of educational growth, international outreach, physical improvements on campus, and the building of a stronger sense of school community..."