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Judge Bill Sessions ’69 Will Speak on “Passing Judgment” on April 23

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JUDGE WILLIAM K. SESSIONS III TO GIVE PUBLIC LECTURE IN MDDLEBURY SPONSORED BY THE HAWTHORNE CLUB AND THE HENRY SHELDON MUSEUM

Middlebury, VT…How does a judge make a sentence fit the crime or settle a contested public issue?

On April 23, 2015, at 7 pm, Judge William K. Sessions III will speak on the topic Passing Judgment at the inaugural public lecture presented by Middlebury’s Hawthorne Club in conjunction with the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History.  He will offer his own thoughtful answers to those questions.  His presentation will take place at The Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Court (at the corner of Charles Avenue).  Admission is free.  Parking is available at the nearby Middlebury Union High School.

Judge Sessions, a member of the Middleburg College Class of 1969, will reflect on his 20 years on the federal bench, discussing the judicial processes he uses – balancing the merits of a case, the history of relevant laws, and the impact on public policy and community sentiments.  During his judicial career, he has rendered judgment and covered such topics as climate change, campaign finance reform, equal pay for women, buffer zones at abortion clinics, application of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and national sentencing policy.

Judge Sessions was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Vermont by President Bill Clinton in 1995 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  From 2002-2010, he was the Court’s Chief Judge, and has held senior status there since 2013. He was also nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1999 to serve on the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which establishes sentencing policy for the federal courts.  In 2009 he was nominated to serve as the Commission’s Chair by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Judge Sessions has lived in Addison County for more than 40 years, serving as a law clerk, an Addison County Public Defender, and in private practice.  He has also been an adjunct professor at Vermont Law School.  In addition, as visitors to the Middlebury Farmers Market are aware, he is a frequent presence selling cheese from Blue Ledge Farm, which is owned by his daughter and son-in-law.

The Hawthorne Club was founded in 1877 to establish closer relations between members of the Middlebury College community and citizens of the town.  It is named for Nathaniel Hawthorne, a national literary hero whose talks at the College made him a local celebrity as well. Historically, Hawthorne Club meetings have featured presentations by members on literary subjects and on relevant topics of interest to speakers and members.  In more recent years outside speakers regularly have been invited to address the group.

In 2014, the Club decided to broaden its horizons by sharing at least one offering a year with the community-at-large in partnership with the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History.  Chartered in 1882, the Sheldon Museum, located at One Park Street, Middlebury, tells the history of the Mid-Lake Champlain region through its rich collections, archives, and innovative exhibitions.

The two organizations chose Judge Sessions – a Middlebury College graduate, local resident, distinguished jurist, and community volunteer – as its inaugural lecturer.  His life epitomizes the values and reflects the missions of each organization.

 

Interested in permaculture, sustainable living skills, and living in Puerto Rico for a few weeks? The teaching center at Plenitud PR may have the opportunity for you!

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Established in 2010, Plenitud’s teaching, demonstration, and research center is located in Las Marias, Puerto Rico and offers courses, internships, and demonstrations in sustainable and permaculture practices. Plenitud has stewardship of a 15 acre parcel of land located in the Western, mountainous region of Puerto Rico, and founded a Teaching Center dedicated to the research […]

College Bookstore Flash Sale!

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St. Patricks Day Sale coming up soon!

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Livi on her Shepherd Internship

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2014 Fall Family Weekend Saturday 10/25/2014

Before my summer as a Shepherd Intern, I knew almost nothing about refugees. I didn’t know there are currently 10.4 million people seeking what is called in state department jargon “third-country resettlement.” This number grows daily as conflicts around the world, especially in the Middle East, go unresolved. An initial shock for me was to learn that less than one percent of these refugees reach third country resettlement, and those who do often have been living in squalid camps for ten to twenty years, having fled their homes due to political, social, or religious persecution. I recall picking up from the airport an 87 year-old Somali woman named Udbi who, according to her family had “a bum leg,” only to learn at a doctor’s visit a few days post-arrival that her right hip had been out of its socket for at least fifteen years. The family had been living in a camp in Ethiopia. 

My involvement with Community Engagement enabled me to go through this deep and invaluable learning process over the summer. I’m so grateful that Community Engagement allowed me, as a student immersed in the world of academia, to apply my interests to a practical matter, and to learn about individuals like Ubdi, and the pervasive problem of poverty in the United States. ​

 

-Livi Raggio ‘15.5

To learn more about Shepherd Poverty Internships go here or Contact Tiffany Sargent at tiffanys@middlebury.edu!

Learn about Americorps

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What: Join AmeriCorps members as they reflect on their experiences and share service opportunities for you to consider! AmeriCorps is a national service organization that employs some of today’s best and brightest individuals to serve in communities around the country.

When: Monday, March 9th, 2015: 12:15-1:15 PM *lunch will be provided

Where: CCI Library (Adirondack House)

For more information, contact Quanteshia Tennyson ’14 at qtennyson@middlebury.edu.

Why Mitt Will Run In 2016…Oh, Never Mind!

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Earlier today, Mitt Romney announced, in a phone conversation with potential supporters, that he will not run for president in 2016, thus confirming what pundits had been predicting for some months now.  Or not. To me, Mitt’s announcement was not nearly as entertaining as the media reaction to it. Since at least Romney’s visit to […]