Alumni Profile: Rebecca Fay

RebeccaFayAn education major who went into law, Rebecca Fay did not start her career at JSC intending to be a lawyer. "I was going to be a teacher," she explains, "and I wanted to attend JSC for its education program." As part of the secondary education program, though, she had to choose a second major. She decided on

Two JSC professors — Bill Doyle and Kit Cooke — really transformed Rebecca's educational goals. Professor Cooke, says Rebecca, "was inspiring. She loved what she did, and inspired me to find a career that I not only loved, but was constantly challenged by." Rebecca talks of how Cooke made her work harder than she had ever worked before, and how she began realizing the different opportunities available to her.

Professor Doyle was also influential. "His classes really opened my eyes and showed me how unique Vermont is, and the kind
of role I could play in Vermont. It was in his political sciences class that I decided I wanted to study law."

After graduating from JSC in 2001, Rebecca went on to get her J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island, graduating in the top 25 percent of her class. Admitted to the Vermont Bar, Rebecca initially thought she would work in the private sector. However, she had the opportunity to work with
Legal Services Law Line of Vermont, and soon found herself drawn to nonprofit work.

In August 2008, Rebecca began working for Vermont Legal Aid in Rutland. She works in the Citizens Law Project for Rutland and Bennington counties, assisting Vermonters over the age of 60 with civil problems. She also works in the Medicare Advocacy Project. Rebecca currently resides in Brandon, VT.