Meet some of the Vermont Law School alumni who were former Social Justice Mission Scholars.
Laura Savall JD'18
Laura graduated from Ripon College with a BA in Spanish and Psychology. Laura Savall is committed to social justice initiatives within Vermont. 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. Laura is dedicated to social justice and is currently working at the Human Rights Commission. She hopes to practice in Vermont after graduating Vermont Law School.
Rachel Oest JD'18
Rachel grew up in New York and earned a Political Science degree at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. As an advocate for social justice, Rachel dedicated a year to disaster and humanitarian relief through AmeriCorps NCCC/FEMA Corps in Columbia, Mississippi and also spent time working alongside Lois Gibbs at the Center for Health, Environment and Justice. While at Vermont Law School (VLS), Rachel spent her 1L and 2L summers working at the VLS Center for Food and Agriculture Systems and the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, respectively. At both, Rachel worked with underrepresented individuals to ensure their safety and success. Rachel intends to use her legal education to continue advocating for such individuals.
Andrea Folds JD'18
Andrea ("Danny") Folds is a Georgia native searching for people's sources of meaning and wellbeing. As an undergraduate, she studied Sustainable Development with a focus on Latin America, and as a seminarian, she learned the history and fundamentals of movement building and community organizing. Following a year of teaching history and literature at the Monteverde Friends School in Costa Rica, Andrea entered VLS to gain the legal tools necessary to address environmental issues impacting Latin American communities. She currently works as a clinician at the Environmental and Natural Resources Clinic, a legal intern at the Milk with Dignity Standards Council, and a research intern at Environmental Advocates for Latin America (AIDA). She will be complete her JD studies in 2018 and continue her work abroad.
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.
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.
Sara C. McClurg
Sara is a 1L at Vermont Law School. Prior to coming to VLS, she 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 is a 2L 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.
Andrew is in his 1L year at Vermont Law School. Before coming to VLS, 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.
Sarah is a 1L at Vermont Law School. She 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.