VLS Presents ‘Energize Democracy: How to Run for Office’ Workshop Nov. 11

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt., Nov. 1, 2017––The New Economy Law Center at Vermont Law School will present “Energize Democracy: How to Run for Office,” a nonpartisan workshop covering the basics of campaigning, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, in Chase Community Center at VLS. The workshop is free and open to the public and press, and will be streamed live at vermontlaw.edu/live.

VLS Visiting Professor Kathleen Falk, who served with the United States Department of Health and Human Services under the Obama administration and is a former elected official, will facilitate the workshop. Guest speakers and panelists include leaders in public service: former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin, Vermont Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos, former Vermont State Auditor Randy Brock, former State’s Attorney for Windsor County Robert Sand JD’87, Vermont Sens. Joe Benning JD’83 and Alison Clarkson, former Rep. Sarah Buxton JD’10, Saint Albans Mayor Elizabeth Gamache, Ruth Hardy of Emerge Vermont, and political consultant Melissa Mulliken.

“We encourage anyone interested in running for office, or in helping someone else run, to join us for ‘Energize Democracy,’” said Falk. “We have an impressive group lined up—current and former legislators and other elected officials from both sides of the aisle—to discuss motivation, message, money and mechanics, the basics of running whether you are considering a seat in the U.S. Senate or on a local school board. Our guest panelists will share their personal experiences and insights, making the workshop invaluable to future campaigners.”

“We also will salute Veterans Day during the program,” Falk said. “Serving in the military is the greatest civic service one can do, and running for office is another important way to serve our democracy.”

The “Energize Democracy” workshop is part of the ongoing “New Economy Law and Policy Forum: A Speaker Series on Building a Sustainable, Just and Democratic Future.” For more information about the workshop, including registration and a full schedule, visit go.vermontlaw.edu/new-economy/session-three.

The New Economy Law Center at Vermont Law School explores the role of law and policy change in transitioning to a new economy. The center, the first virtual community of its kind, includes fellows who work across disciplines, states, and countries. Center co-founders Melissa Scanlan and Gus Speth collaborate with law professors, economists, writers, entrepreneurs, religious leaders, and activists. Together they engage students and scholars around the world with symposia and investigations focused on law and policy for a new economy, prioritizing ecological integrity, vibrant democracy, and social justice. For more information about the New Economy Law Center, visit vermontlaw.edu/nelc.


Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, is home to the nation’s largest and deepest environmental law program. VLS offers a Juris Doctor curriculum that emphasizes public service; three Master’s Degrees—Master of Environmental Law and Policy, Master of Energy Regulation and Law, and Master of Food and Agriculture Law and Policy; and four post-JD degrees —LLM in American Legal Studies (for foreign-trained lawyers), LLM in Energy Law, LLM in Environmental Law, and LLM in Food and Agriculture Law. The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center, South Royalton Legal Clinic, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, Energy Clinic, Food and Agriculture Clinic, and Center for Applied Human Rights. For more information, visit vermontlaw.edu, find us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.