Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity
Title IX Coordinator, Associate Professor
Vermont Law School
South Royalton, Vermont
Shirley Jefferson joined Vermont Law School in 1999. She served initially as a special assistant to admissions and later became the Director of Alumni Affairs. Dean Jefferson is now the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity and an associate professor currently teaching Race and the Law. As the Dean for Student Affairs, Dean Jefferson serves as the law school’s senior student affairs officer. She reports to the dean/president on fostering and advancing a strategic and integrated approach to student affairs. She also is responsible for advising and mentoring the Student Bar Association and 60 other student organizations as they develop leadership abilities and practice life skills, self-governance and organizational management, and student activities. As the Dean for Diversity, Dean Jefferson serves as a member of the president’s/dean’s administrative cabinet creating a unique environment for manifesting a commitment to cultural diversity, promoting law school-wide diversity goals and initiatives and highlighting the value of diversity throughout the school as it relates to the school’s diversity plan.
Prior to joining Vermont Law School, Dean Jefferson served as General Counsel for the United Black Fund, Inc.; as Associate Counsel in the Law Office of Wilhelmina J. Rolark; and as a legislative assistant, Committee on Judiciary, to Council Member Wilhelmina J. Rolark.
While attending Vermont Law School, Dean Jefferson received both the Alumni Association Award and was a Debevoise Family Scholarship recipient. Dean Jefferson also founded the Minority Student Group at Vermont Law School. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southeastern University and was named to the Dean’s List.
On a more personal note, as a young girl, Dean Jefferson met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Selma, Alabama. At the age of 17, Dean Jefferson integrated her high school in Selma, Alabama.