Jessica Bullock—Jessica returned to her home state of Vermont to pursue a legal degree at Vermont Law School. Prior to attending VLS, Jessica spent two years teaching third grade at Mount Royal Elementary School in Baltimore, Md., through the Teach For America program. Jessica hopes to use her time at VLS to concentrate on juvenile, criminal, and education law and policy in Vermont. During her first year at VLS, Jessica founded the Vermont Law School SPEAK organization (awarded the SBA Student Group Pro Bono Award), a group dedicated to promoting debate, public speaking, education, and advocacy at VLS and throughout Vermont. Next year, Jessica will continue her work promoting debate through the SPEAK Prison Debate Initiative as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow. This summer Jessica will work as an intern for Rutland County State's Attorney Rose Kennedy and serve as a summer law clerk with the Vermont Supreme Court in the chambers of Justice Marilyn Skoglund.
Rasheta Butler—Rasheta grew up in Chicago,IL. and attended Northern Illinois University. Rasheta received two Bachelor's degrees, one in Political Science with and emphasis in public law and the other in Sociology. Rasheta went on to obtain her M.S.W. at Aurora University. While obtaining her Master in Social Work Rasheta worked full-time as a Teen Parent Specialist for the Department of Child and Family Services of Illinois. Then after, relocated to North Caroline to work in Wilderness Therapy at T.R.A.I.L.S Carolina working with adolescents. Rasheta came to law school with the desire to gain a deeper understanding of the law. Rasheta want to better advocate for her clients, specifically concerning juvenile justice and child custody issues. Rasheta will be spending the summer working at the Defender General Central office in Montpelier, VT.
Andrea "Danny" Folds—Danny is a Georgia native searching for people's sources of meaning. She specifically works at the intersection of faith and social justice, and helps communities with different ideologies understand each other's perspectives and missions. During and after her studies in sustainable development and theology, Danny worked with a wide range of intersectional NGOs. She has focused on issues of LGBTQ rights in Central America, labor rights in Nashville and Atlanta, and Quaker education in Costa Rica. Currently, Danny is working toward her JD in hopes of strengthening the voice of faith communities in environmental policy, and bridging the seeming gap between the distinct but interdependent ideologies of religion and environmental justice.
Tucker Jones—Tucker's interest in social justice and community issues began when he resettled a refugee family and studied the local school system as an undergraduate at Franklin and Marshall College. After college he moved to Burlington, Vt., where he helped Vermonters with poor credit secure affordable housing as a financial literacy counselor. He entered VLS in the fall of 2014 as a JD student, and will be spending the summer of 2015 with the Criminal Unit of the Vermont Attorney General's office.
Will Lowrey JD'17—Will arrived at Vermont Law School after a lengthy career in the corporate world managing projects and business processes in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia. In parallel to his prior career, Will spent the last 12 years leading or volunteering with numerous animal welfare and animal rights organizations. His primary areas of focus included advocacy/rescue of pit bulls, community outreach for dogs in low-income neighborhoods, animal fighting awareness, and response and sheltering of animals impacted by disasters. Will has also spent time working with Native Americans on various reservations and disadvantaged teens in foster care. Will originally obtained his degree in criminal justice from Virginia Commonwealth University and is interested in prosecuting animal crimes or lobbying for stronger legislation to protect animals.
Nico Lustig JD/MFALP'19—Before starting at Vermont Law School in August 2016, Nico worked as the Food Business Development Specialist at the Franklin County Community Development Corporation, FCCDC, in Western Massachusetts. In this role, she helped many New England farmers and start-up entrepreneurs develop and grow sustainable food businesses. She participated as a working group leader for the State of Massachusetts’ Local Food Action Plan; Co-chaired the Franklin County Food Council; and coordinated the New England Food Processors Community of Practice through the Farm to Institution New England (FINE) network. For 12 years before working for the FCCDC, Nico managed two regional Natural Foods Cooperative Markets—The Blue Hill Food Co-op in Maine and The Franklin Community Co-operative in Western Massachusetts.
Sara C. McClurg JD'18—Prior to coming to Vermont Law School, Sara worked for and volunteered with various nonprofit organizations. Most recently, Sara worked for the International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian organization based in Manhattan. She has also volunteered with animal rescue organizations and shelters, working with the community on animal-related issues. Sara is interested in both criminal law and environmental law, and is pursuing a career in the legal field working toward social justice.
Zoe Newman—Zoe is enrolled in VLS’s Accelerated Juris Doctor (AJD) program. Prior to law school, she spent several years working in public policy for the Vermont Secretary of State. Zoe is committed to the democratic process and inspiring young women to become engaged in the political process; she serves as the legislative chairwoman for VT Girls State, running a mock legislative program for high school-age girls from around the state. In the past, she has volunteered for Outright Vermont and Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program and has a specific interest in transgender and immigration law. This summer, Zoe will be working in the South Royalton Legal Clinic.
Rachel Oest—Before attending Vermont Law School, Rachel dedicated a year to disaster and humanitarian relief through AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps and worked alongside the Center for Health, Environment and Justice to promote healthy communities. Rachel plans to use her legal education to advocate for communities facing environmental injustice.
Andrew Rome JD'17—Before coming to Vermont Law School, Andrew spent seven years working in two large mental health facilities that provide school based services for populations of children with Emotional Behavioral Disorder, and with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Andrew is interested in pursuing criminal law, education, disability, and employment law. This summer Andrew will be a summer law clerk with the Vermont Supreme Court, in the chambers of Justice Dooley.
Laura Savall JD'18—Laura Savall is committed to social justice initiatives within the Vermont Community. She has developed a court safety manual which allows victims of domestic violence equal access to justice on Relief From Abuse docket days in Vermont family courts. Currently, Laura is working at the VLS Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic advocating for the protection and preservation of Vermont natural resources for all Vermonters. This summer she will intern with VNRC and will further help Vermonters to protect and preserve their natural resources. She hopes to continue advocating for social justice missions after graduating.
Sarah Seese JD'17—Sarah grew up in West Virginia and attended West Virginia University, receiving a bachelor's degree in history with a minor in geography and Spanish. Sarah spent her four years of undergrad working with a Nicaraguan coffee cooperative, helping to fundraise and facilitate food sovereignty and sustainability projects for the farm. Sarah came to law school with the desire to learn to advocate for the underprivileged, specifically concerning access to education. Sarah will be spending the summer working in the Civil Rights Unit of the Vermont Attorney General's Office.