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VT Incarcerated Women’s Initiative summit Sept. 30 at Vermont Law

News Release — Vermont Law School
Sept. 8, 2014

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Maryellen Apelquist, Director of Media Relations, Vermont Law School
office: 802-831-1228, cell: 802-299-5593, [email protected]

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt., Sept. 8, 2014––Legislators, legal professionals and criminal justice advocates will discuss issues involving incarcerated women in Vermont at a summit Tuesday, Sept. 30, in Chase Community Center on the Vermont Law School campus.

The day-long event, “The Incarcerated Women’s Initiative, Then and Now: Vermont Summit on Women in Corrections,” is open to the public and press and will include panel discussions and a keynote address by Brenda Smith, professor at Washington College of Law at American University. An expert on issues affecting women in prison, Smith is widely published and a frequent speaker on topics ranging from sexual abuse of incarcerated women to alternative models for addressing domestic violence.

“We are pleased to welcome Professor Smith to Vermont Law School and look forward to giving summit participants an opportunity to examine the history of incarcerated women in Vermont, discuss current issues facing incarcerated women and their children and families, and propose new policies,” said VLS Professor Margaret Barry, associate dean for clinical and experiential programs and practicing attorney at VLS’s South Royalton Legal Clinic.

“Not only do we encourage students to attend, but also community members interested in weighing in on these issues that impact so many Vermonters and their families,” Barry added.

The Incarcerated Women’s Initiative (IWI) summit is co-sponsored by Vermont Law School; Vermont Commission on Women; Vermont Bar Association; VLS student groups, Black Law Students Association, Women’s Law Group, and National Lawyers Guild; Vermont Women’s Legislative Caucus; and Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform.

Registration for the IWI summit must be completed by Sept. 15. The required $20 registration fee covers lunch. (VLS students may opt to bring their lunch instead of paying the fee.) Continuing legal education (CLE) credits are available. To register for the summit, email Claire Greene at [email protected].

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