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James May
Director, Clinical Professor of Law

Professor James C. May serves as professor and director of the South Royalton Legal Clinic, Vermont Law School's on-campus, civil poverty law clinic. A provider of legal services to low-income and working Vermonters for more than 30 years, he has served as lead counsel in cases that have required state and federal agencies to change their rules in favor of the disabled and disadvantaged. More...

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Alexander Banks
Staff Attorney, Assistant Professor of Law

Alexander Banks specializes in clinical legal education, the representation of victims of domestic violence, and the representation of children. Professor Banks received his BA degree in history from Bates College in 1983 and his JD degree from Vermont Law School in 1987. After graduation, he served as staff attorney from 1987 to 1991 and managing attorney from 1991 to 1995 for Northwestern Legal Services in Farrell, Penn. He represented hundreds of low-income clients in a broad range of cases and forums and contributed to a series of community initiatives, including low-income housing alternatives, community center expansion, and the creation of a homeless shelter. More...

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Arthur Edersheim
Staff Attorney, Assistant Professor of Law

Arthur Edersheim specializes in immigration, family, landlord-tenant, and poverty law. He earned his BA degree, magna cum laude, in 1975 and his MA degree in philosophy in 1978, both from Boston College. He was a PhD candidate in political science at Brandeis University from 1979 to 1984 and earned his JD degree from Cornell Law School in 1991. After receiving his law degree, Professor Edersheim served as a legal intern and attorney in the area of general civil litigation for the firm of Sessions, Keiner, Dumont and Barnes. He then served as an attorney with the Vermont Office of Child Support from 1992 to 1995 and was in private practice for three years as partner of the firm Douglas and Edersheim. More...

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Maryann Zavez
Professor of Law

Professor Maryann Zavez is recognized for her work in clinical legal education and family law. She is one of four experienced attorneys who supervise the South Royalton Legal Clinic's student clinicians. Professor Zavez received her BS degree in elementary education from the University of Connecticut in 1977 and her MA degree in special education from the University of Northern Colorado in 1979. She attended Vermont Law School for one year, then from 1984 to 1987 served as a paralegal for Vermont Legal Aid while completing the Vermont Law Office Study Program under the direction of the Vermont Board of Bar Examiners. More...