​​​​2016 Environmental Mission Scholars

​​​​Ben Civiletti, JD '19

Hometown: Durham, ME

​Professional Mission: To move Vermont and the world closer to a sustainable energy future. 

What environmental experience did you have before coming to Vermont Law School?​

I completed my B.S. in Wildlife Biology, and began to explore environmental policy through coursework along the way. I focused on climate and energy issues after college, and worked as an AmeriCorps member for the Vermont Natural Resources Council, coordinating the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network. In that role, I collaborated with statewide organizations and local groups across Vermont to implement renewable energy systems and energy efficient solutions for communities. ​


Why did you choose Vermont Law School?

In my AmeriCorps position, I consistently ran into the work of the VLS Environmental Law Center. I met inspiring alumni, found helpful research, and saw the effects of student advocacy in state policy discussions. In particular, the innovative projects of the Energy Clinic motivated me to learn more about VLS programs. Once I discovered the opportunities on and off campus, I knew VLS was the school for me.  ​​


What are your career goals? What is your dream job?

I hope to move energy policy forward in ways that support our environment and economy. I believe that the transition to clean energy is imperative for the health of our planet and its inhabitants, and that a strong economic future requires decoupling from fossil fuels. My dream job might be an energy policy director for an agency, advocacy group or a progressive utility – or perhaps something I haven’t discovered yet! 


Katherine Klaus JD '19

Hometown: Aurora, IL

​Professional Mission: To change the trajectory of society towards a more equitable, more sustainable future.


What environmental experience did you have before coming to Vermont Law School?​

My undergraduate career was centered on sustainability. I majored in environmental science and took classes ranging from environmental law to organic chemistry. I also wrote and edited articles for a student-run environmental magazine, providing news on local issues to the community. Additionally, I had several research-based internships and worked as the Sustainability Coordinator for a non-profit organization. 


Why did you choose Vermont Law School?

I chose VLS for our strong environmental law program, tight-knit community, and unique access to local government. 


What are your career goals? What is your dream job?

I intend to protect water resources from contamination and depletion. My dream job would merge water law with environmental justice. After working in the field, I hope to transition to academics and become a law professor.​


Nico Lustig, JD MFALP '19 Social Justice Mission Scholar

Hometown: Shelburne Falls, MA

​Professional Mission: To create and support healthy communities where citizens have the tools and resources to develop thriving local economies with access to good jobs, sustainable homes, and nourishing food.


What environmental experience did you have before coming to Vermont Law School?​​

Before starting at Vermont Law School in August 2016, I worked as the Food Business Development Specialist at theFranklin County Community Development Corporation, FCCDC, in Western Massachusetts.  In this role, I helped many New England farmers and start-up entrepreneurs develop and grow sustainable food businesses. I participated as a working group leader for the State of Massachusetts' Local Food Action Plan; Co-chaired the Franklin County Food Council; and coordinated the New England Food Processors Community of Practice through theFarm to Institution New England (FINE) network.  For 12 years before working for the FCCDC, I managed two regional Natural Foods Cooperative Markets – The Blue Hill Food Co-op in Maine and The Franklin Community Co-operative in Western Massachusetts. 

 

In the early aughts, I studied abroad in Khon Kaen, Thailand for two years researching the effect of development and globalization on the environment and agricultural communities. While in Thailand, I studied with farmers who were who were creating alternative business models and currencies to restructure the economy of their local community. As a method of amplifying the voice of these farmers, I worked with fellow students to found the Educational Network for Global and Grassroots Exchange (ENGAGE) a robust non-profit that is still thriving today.


Why did you choose Vermont Law School?

I chose to attend law school to strengthen skills for my mission to create and support healthy communities where citizens have the tools and resources to develop thriving local economies with access to good jobs, sustainable homes, and nourishing food. In addition to being a student and Social Justice Mission Scholar, I am on the Board of Directors for Red Tomato, an ambitious New England non-profit that works to deliver fresh, great tasting produce while cultivating a more sustainable, ethical food system. 


What are your career goals? What is your dream job?

Beyond the primary focus on food, I am currently working with the school administration and Health Connections of the Upper Valley, Inc. on a campaign to transition VLS into a smoke-free campus – promoting healthy communities from all aspects.​


Margaret Shugart, JD MFALP '19

Hometown: Austin, TX

Professional Mission: To use the power of law to affect change in causes I hold dearly, specifically environmental protection and sustainable food systems. I would like to feel my efforts have the potential to make a meaningful difference.

What environmental experience did you have before coming to Vermont Law School?​

As an undergraduate, I participated in a study abroad program in Madagascar where I studied the World Wildlife Fund and its use of religion in its conservation strategies. That experience inspired a deep interest in sustainability on an international scope. For my Masters thesis, I studied the return to organic and traditional rice farming in Bali, conducting ethnographic research in Indonesia looking at how different modes of agriculture affect diet and, even as I surprise to myself, became an advocate for insect eating as a sensible protein resource for the planet. Then, at home, I have become passionately involved in a fight against a high-pressure gas pipeline going through my parent's town in the pristine region of Big Bend Texas. I now serve on the executive board of the Big Bend Conservation Alliance and am committed to helping the region protect its precious culture and resources.​


Why did you choose Vermont Law School?

I was hooked from the moment I picked up the promotional materials at a law school fair. Every word in the VLS doctrine spoke to why I wanted to attend law school and what I hoped to do with the degree. Words like Power, Advocacy, Public Service, Impact, Strong Moral Code, Community, and David vs Goliath jumped from the page. I cannot remember how many times I read those catalogs and am very happy to see after arriving that those intentions are manifested genuinely at the school. Also the specificity of the curriculum for environmental focus, and a chance to specifically work with food and agricultural law made for an easy decision to attend.


What are your career goals? What is your dream job?

I am leaving this category open to change with exposure to different classes and ideas, but right now I would like to work in a job that incorporates travel and that considers cultural diversity and global perspectives for food and agriculture. 

​​​​​​2015 Environmental Mission Scholars​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Chris Denny,  JD Melp '18

Undergraduate:​​​​​ Villanova University, BA, Environmental Studies, Classics

Hometown: Havertown, PA​
Professional Mission: In whatever position I hold, I hope to combine my passion for the environment with my talents as a leader and an advocate.


What environmental experience did you have before coming to Vermont Law School? ​

My involvement with the Boy Scouts of America planted the seed for my environmental interests. In an ecophenomenological sense, I loved being in the environment when I was camping or hiking. From a scientific perspective, the Scouts gave me an opportunity to learn about soil and water conservation, environmental science, and world conservation. I continued learning about the environment as an Environmental Studies undergraduate student. After college, I worked as an environmental educator outside of Philadelphia, where my enthusiasm inspired students to value our creek and its surroundings.​

Why did you choose Vermont Law School?​

I chose to become part of the Vermont Law School community because I wanted to study law with others interested in using the power of law to create positive change. VLS makes a promise to developing those types of leaders. Individuals who study law with purpose and a vision are what make the VLS community so invigorating. Vermont Law School also has the country’s leading environmental law opportunities for their students.​

What are your career goals? What is your dream job?

I plan to utilize land management techniques that will mitigate poor storm water management in order to create healthier watersheds and healthier communities. My dream job will involve protecting water resources and open space as well as promulgating environmental justice.​​

Luke Donigan, AJD '17

Luke Donigan

Undergraduate:​​​​​ University at Buffalo, BS, Environmental Engineering
Hometown: Syracuse, New York
Professional Mission: To become a legal expert to facilitate feasible solutions to environmental issues through a harmony of innovative engineering and legal theory. 


What environmental experience did you have before coming to Vermont Law School? ​

I have grown up enjoying the outdoors through hunting, fishing, and camping. These activities have helped form my appreciation for the environment and all that it has to offer. My undergraduate studies helped form my belief that science, technology, and the law could all be used to develop sustainable solutions to today’s problems. 

Why did you choose Vermont Law School?​

I chose Vermont Law School because it is consistently the top environmental law school in the country.

What are your career goals? What is your dream job?

My goal is to work in private practice, utilizing my engineering and law degrees to advise clients on sophisticated problems. My dream job would be general counsel for a large energy company.

Tristen Durand​, JD LLM '18

Undergraduate:​​​​​ SUNY College at Oswego, BA, Criminal Justice
Hometown: Alexandria Bay, NY
Professional Mission: To go beyond environmental sustainability and develop a thriving environment through the power of law.​


What environmental experience did you have before coming to Vermont Law School? ​

I was born and raised on the St. Lawrence River in upstate New York. My love for the river sparked my interest in water conservation and natural resource protection. The environmental experience I gained was through interning with the Watertown Regional Office of the New York State Attorney General in 2014 and 2015. As an intern, I was given the opportunity to create a proposal for groundwater legislation in New York State. ​

Why did you choose Vermont Law School?​

I chose Vermont Law School because Vermont Law produces students who enter the legal workforce with a passion and drive to better the world. And, the students have proven to do just that!​

What are your career goals? What is your dream job?

I aspire to become an environmental lawyer focusing on water law. I want to wake up each day excited to go to work. I want to fall asleep each night knowing that my contributions are making the world a better place. A job that satisfies both is my dream job.

Peter Alexander Infante, JD ‘18​

Undergraduate: Union College, BA, Sociology
Hometown: Falls Church, V​irginia
Professional Mission: To protect our environment and those living in it through advocating for precautionary rather than reactionary laws and policies.​

What environmental experience did you have before coming to Vermont Law School?
In OSHA’s Office of Emergency Management, I provided guidance for workers during the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In Senator Sander’s (I-VT) personal office, I provided policy research for his Environmental Legislative Assistant. At Food & Water Watch, I documented the impacts of fracking and assisted Maryland communities in applying pressure on their legislators to pass a moratorium on the process.

Why did you choose Vermont Law School?
I only applied to Vermont Law School because of its core environmental values and the professors that espouse them here. The school also offers the most comprehensive environmental curriculum in the country.

What are you career goals? What is your dream job?
Generally, my career goal is for polluters to fear my filings. My dream job is to work for the U.S. Department of Justice in pursuit of environmental protection.


​Julia Muench Rumburg, JD '18​

Undergraduate: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, BS, Forestry​

Hometown: Hicksville, NY

Professional Mission: To leave this world cleaner than I found it.


What environmental experience did you have before coming to Vermont Law School? ​

I graduated with a B.S. in Natural Resources Management from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 2008. I also worked as a community organizer for Community for Sustainable Energy, an independent 501(c)(3) in Fort Collins, CO from 2010-2011. From 2012-2014, I served in Peace Corps as a High School Biology teacher in Kenya, where I actively incorporated environmental education into the usual curriculum and started an “Environment Club” for students.

Why did you choose Vermont Law School?

“Because the status quo is no longer acceptable.” – VLS’s Promise
After studying the school’s programs, reputation, relationship to its students and the community, and atmosphere of the student body, I determined that VLS and I share the same goals, and that VLS was the right institution to transform me into the lawyer I want to be.

What are your career goals? What is your dream job?
I plan to be a lawyer of distinction in the field of Environmental Justice. I see myself working with an esteemed NGO, such as Earth Justice or the Union of Concerned Scientists, though facilitating change through government work is also appealing. My dream job changes on a practically daily basis, but right now Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice sounds fun.​

2014 Environmental Mission Scholars​

Gregory Berry, JD '16

Undergraduate: ​Shepherd University, BA, Mass Communications and Photography
Hometown: Manassas, Virginia
Professional Mission: To work for an international NGO as an advocate for sustainable policy
Summer Stipend: Legal Intern for Vermont Natural Resources Council, engaging in Act 250 Land Development hearings and providing legal analysis  that addressed property rights of dam ownership, statutory approaches to mitigate forest fragmentation, and successful countywide approaches to natural resource conservation using "smart growth" principles of development.

What environmental experience did you have before coming to Vermont Law School? 
Prior to coming to VLS, I worked eight years with youth, using outdoor environments as therapeutic milieus to promote health and wellbeing, self-confidence and team values. From summer camps specifically for kids with medical needs to educational facilities and residential treatment centers, I’ve seen that the great outdoors possess great healing power. Nature can challenge or it can calm. It can invigorate the body or quiet the mind. It is at the very least a valuable tool to be preserved and available to all as a resource, a respite, and a refuge. I have also been fortunate to travel the globe as a field leader for an ecotourism/’volun-tourism’ organization that connects teens with local communities, nonprofits and government-run programs that address the global issues of species conservation, literacy and education, urbanization and the movement of people, and in the promotion of microfinance and economic growth, public health and religious tolerance. I have led large groups of teenagers to volunteer in Costa Rica, Belize, Turkey, Greece, China, Thailand and the American West.

Why did you choose Vermont Law School?
I came to VLS because I have a desire to limit environmental damage created as a result of unhealthy human population and expansion. Courses at VLS provide an opportunity to craft laws that could help address such a pressing and sensitive issue, and the experienced faculty provides insight to the practical, political and social application of the law.

What are your career goals? What is your dream job?
I would like to help governmental and corporate institutions realize what true positive growth is by advocating for those conservationist ideologies that are presently overlooked; business and government can succeed economically without exhausting valuable natural resources or putting other communities or wildlife in danger through the irresponsible use of water, the negligent disposal of waste products or the development of land without the conservation of open spaces in mind. My dream job is to work for an international NGO, as an advocate for policy that pushes the envelope toward reverence of the limited resources of the earth.​​​​

Hannah Brubach, JD '17

Undergraduate: ​Elizabethtown College, BS, Environmental Science with a minor in Political Science
Hometown: Wesminster, Maryland
Professional Mission: To save the Chesapeake Bay

What environmental experience did you have before coming to Vermont Law School? 
Before law school, in addition to my environmental science course work, I interned with the Lancaster County Conservation District where I worked with the Watershed Specialist and the outreach education department.

Why did you choose Vermont Law School?
I was attracted to the interactive classroom environment and friendly students.  I also was very interested in the combining my law degree with the Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP).

What are your career goals? What is your dream job?
My main goal in life is to save the Chesapeake Bay from water pollution.  I would like to work with local non-profits throughout the bay's watershed to develop higher standards and greater regulations.

Natalie Colao, JD '17

Undergraduate: ​Fordham University, BA, Anthropology with minor in Environmental Policy
Graduate: Hunter College, MA, Anthropology with a thesis on Urban Gardening and Sustainability
Hometown: New York, New York
Professional Mission: To provide a legal advocate for NYC’s urban farmers 
At VLS: Vermont Law Review, Volume 41, Editor

What environmental experience did you have before coming to Vermont Law School? 
 I had experience as an urban gardening and sustainability advocate in New York City prior to coming to VLS.

Why did you choose Vermont Law School?
I chose VLS because of its Center for Agriculture and Food Systems.  Aside from its unique nature, I was especially interested in its potential for growth as a newly established Center.  I hope to develop an aspect of the Center’s work focused on urban agriculture. 

What are your career goals? What is your dream job?
I hope to use the knowledge I gain at VLS, specifically regarding Food and Agricultural law, and apply it to unique urban issues.  I have every intention to return home to NYC and provide an even stronger voice for urban farmers and the legal issues they face.  I am also interested in family law, with previous employment related to child welfare.  As there is an undeniable intersection between family and food, I would love to find a way to incorporate these two passions.


Hans Eysenbach, JD '17

Undergraduate: ​Connecticut College, BA, International Relations with focus in Sustainable Development and Latin American Studies
Hometown: Newton, Massachusetts
Professional Mission: To enforce environmental laws and promote sustainable development
At VLS: Vermont Law Review, Volume 41, Editor
 
What environmental experience did you have before coming to Vermont Law School? 
I used to work on environmental impact assessment and international development project management. I lived and worked for two years in Quito, Ecuador, for a small consulting company, Sun Mountain International, LLC.  While there I traveled around the Caribbean, Central America and Africa to complete environmental short-term technical assistance assignment for projects funded by USAID and other international donors. I moved back to the U.S. and worked as a sub-contractor for two years on a U.S.A.I.D. Global Environmental Management Support contract implemented by the Cadmus Group, Inc. 

Why did you choose Vermont Law School?
I choose VLS for its top-ranked environmental law program, wonderful location in Vermont, a leader in the environmental movement in the U.S., and a chance to re-focus my environmental work in New England.

What are your career goals? What is your dream job?
I hope to work on environmental issues that are threatening communities in the U.S. and the world. My dream career path would be working for the government on environmental regulatory enforcement or a private firm working to keep business and community on a path to “do-no-harm” while pursuing sustainable development.​

Logan Harrell, JD '17

Undergraduate: ​Texas A&M University at Galveston, BS, Ocean and Coastal Resources with a minor in Economics​
Hometown: Arlington, Texas
Professional Mission: To contribute to an interdisciplinary team focused on coastal issues
At VLS: Vermont Law Review, Volume 41, Articles Editor
  
What environmental experience did you have before coming to Vermont Law School? 
Outside of my coastal environmental science courses, I worked on a few research projects. One such project was an exploratory study on the impact of Texas coastal wetlands based on wetland permit data. Another project evaluated disaster management procedures for Texas coastal counties as a subset of a Gulf Coast study. 

Why did you choose Vermont Law School?
I initially chose VLS for the prestige. I asked multiple advisers when applying to law school and VLS was repeated if I wanted to focus on environmental work. I confirmed my choice after visiting because VLS offers so many great opportunities through course work and experiences. I also loved the atmosphere at VLS. 

What are your career goals? What is your dream job?
My career goals are broad at the moment until I start taking more environmental courses. My dream job is contributing to an interdisciplinary team focused on coastal issues. I believe collaboration efforts are necessary when solving these complex issues.

Laura Hartz, JD '17

Undergraduate: ​Hamilton College, BA, English Literature and Biology
Graduate: Tufts University, MS in Agriculture, Food & Environment Program 
Hometown: Wiscasset, Maine​
Professional Mission: To decrease the environmental impacts of agriculture and promote agricultural sustainability
At VLS: Vermont Law Review, Volume 41, Articles Editor
Summer Stipend: Legal Intern at Conservation Law Foundation in Portland, ME,  providing legal research on a variety of environmental law issues including ocean acidification, microbead legislation, farm labor, food policy councils, and public utility commission proceedings. 

What environmental experience did you have before coming to Vermont Law School? 
I completed my MS with a focus on agriculture, climate change, and environmental policy. I worked for an environmental consulting firm on energy and agriculture issues, taught sustainability at an honors high school, and worked as the assistant director of a farmland tenure/social investment start-up.

Why did you choose Vermont Law School?
I chose VLS because it is the best environmental law school in the US!  VLS fit my goals because it has the programming and resources to evaluate our current agricultural system with an environmental law lens.

What are your career goals? What is your dream job?
I hope to work on the national level to decrease the environmental impacts of agriculture. At the moment, I think that my dream job is to litigate to reduce environmental pollutants and/or to design agricultural policy that meets the twin objectives of reducing environmental impacts and promoting agricultural sustainability.


Bryanna Kleber, JD '17

Undergraduate: ​Middlebury College, BA, Double Major in Environmental Studies with a focus in Nonfiction Writing and Russian Language
Hometown: Pepperell, Massachusetts
Professional Mission: To work as an environmental attorney for a firm or a government agency
At VLS: Vermont Law Review, Volume 41, Articles Editor, 2016 Debevoise Moot Court competition; Best Argument Petitioner

What environmental experience did you have before coming to Vermont Law School? 
Before going to college, I spent a year in South America on an environmentally themed expedition: I worked at a sustainable urban planning office in Curitiba, Brazil and implemented strategies and practices on a farm in Costa Rica to make it 100% self-sustaining. While at Middlebury, I spent a semester at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, VT and The Sustainability Academy in Burlington, VT teaching elementary school children outdoor education and sustainability. In my Environmental Studies thesis work, I analyzed the effect sustainable dietary lifestyles have on women of childbearing age. I lived in Russia for a semester to research my Russian senior work, which was focused on environmentalism in Russia and explored the way “The USSR dictates Russian forestry today.” In Vermont, I have directed my efforts to promoting The Way to Go Challenge in Rutland County: I co-authored a study for Vermont Agency of Transportation and presented it to Mayor Louras. This study included a complete GIS analysis of the live/work communities in all of Rutland County. 
 
Why did you choose Vermont Law School?
 I chose VLS specifically for its excellence in environmental law.
 
What are your career goals? What is your dream job?
I hope to work as an environmental attorney for a firm or a government agency. ​

Patrick Marass, JD '17

Undergraduate: ​University of Maine, BS in Biology, BA in Political Science
Hometown: Springvale, Maine
Professional Mission: To advance long term water protections and promote the public interest in Maine
At VLS: Vermont Law Review, Volume 41, Head Notes Editor, 2016 Debevoise Moot Court competition; Best Brief Respondent and Best Argument Respondent
Summer Stipend: Cavers Legal Intern at the Conservation Law Foundation in Portland, ME, completing legal research and writing assignments on wide array of topics including: Maine’s Freedom of Access Act, Clean Water Act permitting, Maine Public Utility docket proceedings, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission jurisdiction and licensing.

What environmental experience did you have before coming to Vermont Law School? 
After graduating in 2009, I worked as an AmeriCorps Volunteer for the Watershed Management Division of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection where I worked with non-profit organizations in watershed protection efforts throughout the state. I then worked as an environmental consultant at FB Environmental, a small water resource consulting firm in Portland, ME. My work focused on watershed management plan and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) development and implementation in lake and stream watersheds throughout New England. For the last two years, I worked at the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District where my work focused on watershed management plan development and implementation in urban stream watersheds throughout Cumberland County, Maine. I managed watershed restoration projects aimed at characterizing and addressing non-point source pollution by collaborating with state and municipal officials as well as watershed residents and businesses.

Why did you choose Vermont Law School?
I chose VLS because I have a desire to use the power of the law to effectuate change. Here, I can be part of an entire community with that same focus. 

What are your career goals? What is your dream job?
I plan on returning to the great state of Maine and working on public interest environmental issues. Eventually, I would like to work on injecting a more long term approach into the decisions addressing the threats facing freshwater and marine environments so future generations can continue to utilize these essential resources.


Victoria Scozzaro, JD '17

Undergraduate: ​Baldwin Wallace University, BA, Sustainability and Business
Hometown: Wadsworth, Ohio
Professional Mission: To lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
At VLS: Vermont Journal of Environmental Law 2016-2017, Notes Editor
  
What environmental experience did you have before coming to Vermont Law School? 
With an undergraduate degree in Sustainability, I had the opportunity to take many environmental courses, as well as obtain several environmental internships. I worked with the Sustainability Plan Clinic, the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium, and Ohio Citizen Action. I was also the President of our campus’s Students for Environmental Awareness (SEA) club for 2 years. With this group, I hosted fund raising events, awareness events such as documentary screenings and guest speakers, and I was able to host volunteer opportunities such as beach clean ups through the Alliance for the Great Lakes, and volunteering at Earth Fest through the Earth Day Coalition. 

Why did you choose Vermont Law School?
After working in a variety of environmental fields, I realized that my voice would be best heard through the use of law. My work with Ohio Citizen Action as a door to door canvasser not only humbled me but made me realize that I wanted to be the best lawyer I could be in order to speak for those who normally would not be able to have representation in the legal system. I quickly became acquainted with the environmental law program at VLS and that’s when I knew I would attend VLS. 

What are your career goals? What is your dream job?
As a child I actually dreamed of sitting on the US Supreme Court, I guess you could say that is still a dream of mine! However, now I am more focused on leading the EPA of the United States. 


Stacy Shelton, JD '16​​​ 

Alumni Update: 
Associate Attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center
Atlanta, Georgia

Undergraduate: ​Georgetown University, BA, Political Science
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Professional Mission: To protect wildlife and provide legal counsel to a high level federal executive or legislative branch of government

What environmental experience did you have before coming to Vermont Law School? 
I spent seven years as the environment reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and five years as a public affairs specialist for the Southeast Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
 
Why did you choose Vermont Law School?
I chose VLS for its commitment to public service, its excellence in the field of environmental law, and its vast support system for students and alumni. I also chose VLS because it is one of the few law schools that offer a law degree in two years. 

What are your career goals? What is your dream job?
Generally, I want to help ensure we save room for wildlife as the global population continues to grow and expand developed areas. Specifically, I want to help update the Endangered Species Act by using the best science and legal means available to preserve ecosystems.  As for my dream job, I have several: Advisor to the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; staffer on the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the U.S. Senate Committee for Energy and Natural Resources or the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources; or the chief counsel or executive director for a non-profit conservation organization.

KORAL SKEEN, JD '17​

Undergraduate: ​University of Michigan, BA, Political Science and Spanish
Hometown: Muskegon, Michigan 
Professional Mission: To use the power of the law to transform food systems
At VLS: Vermont Journal of Environmental Law 2016-2017, Social Media Editor, 2016 Debevoise Moot Court competition; Best Brief Petitioner
What environmental experience did you have before coming to Vermont Law School? 
I have been a vegetarian since I was fourteen years old, and my interest in the environment comes from my years of research about food safety. 

Why did you choose Vermont Law School?
I knew VLS was the right school for me the moment I found it. There isn't another law school with comparable environmental courses and that is the type of atmosphere I wanted for law school.  I came to VLS specifically because of the specialized courses in food and agriculture. 

What are your career goals? What is your dream job?
I came to law school because I believe lawyers have the skills and know how to use these tools for change, and I want to change how people think about food, how food is processed, and how the one thing that keeps us alive is actually killing us and the planet.​​


Jacklyn Velasquez, JD '17

Undergr​aduate: ​Central Washington University, BS, Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Social Sciences 
Hometown: Big Pine, California  
Professional Mission: To work with Tribes on cultural resource protection and environmental advocacy

What environmental experience did you have before coming to Vermont Law School? 
Prior to attending VLS I worked for the Big Pine Paiute Tribe as their Environmental Technician. I spent my time learning from and working with Tribes, local, state and federal agencies on various environmental issues that impact the Tribe and community at large. My experience working with the Tribe helped steer my legal career toward environmental advocacy.

Why did you choose Vermont Law School?
 After speaking with other environmental professionals in various agencies, I decided the high academic standards and environmental reputation of VLS would provide the best school for me. 

What are your career goals? What is your dream job?
 I’d like to work with Tribes on cultural resource protection and environmental advocacy. My dream job would be working with Tribes in California so that I can be close to home.