January 12, 2008
CrimProf Spotlight: Jennifer B. Sargent
CrimProf Jennifer B. Sargent specializes in criminal law, clinical practice, and legal and judicial ethics. As director of the J.D. Internship and Judicial Externship programs, she places, supervises, and mentors students in field-based, clinical internships. The courses she has taught at Vermont Law School include Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law (General Practice Program), Introduction to Clinical Practice (J.D. Internship Orientation), Legal Profession, and the Professional Responsibility/Judicial Ethics seminar.
Professor Sargent earned her B.A. degree from Emory University in 1989 and her J.D. degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1992. She worked as a judicial law clerk to the justices of the Vermont Superior, District and Family Courts in Washington and Orange counties from 1992 to 1993. She then worked as a managing attorney, assistant appellate defender and staff attorney with the New Hampshire Public Defender from 1993 to 2000. In 2002, New Hampshire Governor Jeanne Shaheen appointed Professor Sargent as the special justice of the Littleton, Lancaster, and Haverhill district courts. She shares her time between Vermont Law School and the New Hampshire District Court. In 2003, the New Hampshire Supreme Court appointed Professor Sargent to the Hearings Committee for the New Hampshire Professional Conduct Committee.
In 2005, Professor Sargent became a faculty member of the National Judicial College, where she lectures on various topics to judges from around the United States. She is also a Visiting Associate Professor at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire for the fall 2006 term, teaching freshman expository writing. Professor Sargent has lectured on district court criminal practice, effective opening statements, and closing arguments for the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Program. She has lectured for the New Hampshire Public Defender’s Continuing Legal Education Program on domestic violence litigation and substantive legal issues in sexual assault cases. She has also lectured to the pro bono Domestic Violence Emergency (DOVE) program in New Hampshire on issues of domestic violence and divorce. [Mark Godsey]
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