Full List of Attending Scholars
Professor Siu Tip Lam
Siu Tip Lam comes to Vermont Law School from the Massachusetts Attorney General Office, where she was an Assistant Attorney General in the Environmental Protection Division for 11 years. During her tenure there, she enforced state environmental laws and litigated throughout the Massachusetts court system, including the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Prior to that, she also practiced law with the Boston firm of Brown, Rudnick, Freed & Gesmer as a litigation associate. She graduated from Harvard-Radcliffe College with a Bachelors East Asian Studies and her JD from Northeastern University Law School. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese and came to the U.S. from Hong Kong as a child.
Professor Jingjing Liu
Professor Liu is an associate director of Vermont Law School's US-China Partnership for Environmental Law and assistant professor of law teaching Chinese and comparative law courses at Vermont Law School. Her research interests include environmental law and dispute resolution. Before joining VLS, Ms. Liu worked at the Natural Resources Defense Council in San Francisco where she conducted extensive research on Chinese environmental and energy issues, and at the Center for Law in the Public Interest in Los Angeles on several projects related to environmental justice. Ms. Liu received her LL.B. and LL.M degree from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China and an LL.M. from Columbia Law School.
Professor Patrick Parenteau
Professor Patrick A. Parenteau, formerly director of Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center and of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, is recognized for his expertise regarding endangered species and biological diversity, water quality and wetlands, environmental policy and litigation, and land use and property rights. The courses he has taught at Vermont Law School include Environmental Policy and Management, Citizen Suits, Watershed Protection, and the Extinction seminar.Professor Parenteau received his BS degree in business administration from Regis College in 1969 and his JD degree from Creighton University in 1972. He served as staff counsel for the Legal Aid Society of Omaha, Nebraska, and then earned his LLM degree from George Washington University in 1975. From 1976 to 1984, he held three positions with the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, DC: counsel, director of the resources defense division, and vice president for conservation. During this period, he also served as an adjunct professor at Vermont Law School, at George Washington University, and at the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College. From 1984 to 1987, he served as regional counsel for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region I, in Boston, during which time he helped establish national precedent for wetlands protection (Sweedens Swamp/Attleboro Mall). Professor Parenteau served as commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation from 1987 to 1989, then was of counsel to the firm of Perkins Coie in Portland, Oregon, from 1989 to 1993. He served as special counsel to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service during the spotted owl exemption proceedings in 1991 to 1992. In 1993, he returned to Vermont to assume the directorship of the Environmental Law Center, a position he held through 1998. In 2003, he helped found and directed the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic at VLS, where he now serves as senior counsel. Professor Parenteau has lectured on environmental issues in the Czech Republic, Cuba, Russia, and China. He also teaches at Dartmouth College as an adjunct professor in environmental studies. Professor Parenteau is the recipient of the 2006 National Conservation Achievement Award in the Legislative division, presented by the National Wildlife Federation.
Professor Patricia McCubbin
Professor McCubbin teaches environmental law, administrative law, a climate change seminar, and other environmental courses. She has received both the Outstanding Teaching Award (2008-09) and the Outstanding Scholarship Award (2006-07). Her scholarship focuses on climate change and the Clean Air Act, and she regularly speaks on those topics at law schools and legal conferences. Professor McCubbin served as a Fulbright Scholar in China in spring 2007, teaching American environmental and administrative law to students at the Wuhan University School of Law in Wuhan, China, which is home to the Research Institute for Environmental Law, one of the nation's premier institutions in this field. There she worked with Chinese colleagues on issues related to the country's domestic efforts to address climate change. Prior to joining the School of Law faculty in 2000, Professor McCubbin was an accomplished attorney with the Environmental Defense Section of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where she received numerous awards for distinguished service, including the Special Achievement Award for Sustained Superior Performance of Duty presented by the U.S. Attorney General. Professor McCubbin received her J.D. in 1990 from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she also served as Executive Editor of the Journal of Law & Politics. She received her B.A. in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia in 1985, graduating with High Honors and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Fellow Adam Moser
Adam Moser is the LLM fellow for Vermont Law School's US-China Partnership for Environmental Law. He works on policy development projects with a focus on international development finance, OFDI, trade, and energy law. While completing his JD, Adam received a public interest fellowship to work at the Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims at CUPL in Beijing. He received his BA from Ohio University and his JD from the University Of Cincinnati College Of Law where he was senior articles editor for Human Rights Quarterly. Prior to law school Adam was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Taiwan and then spent four years living and working in Taiwan and Mainland China.
Professor John Copeland Nagle
John Copeland Nagle was named the John N. Matthews Professor in 2005. He joined the law faculty as an associate professor of law in 1998 and became a full professor in 2001. He was the law school's inaugural Associate Dean for Faculty Research from 2004 to 2007. Professor Nagle is the co-author of casebooks on "The Practice and Policy of Environmental Law, "Property Law," and "The Law of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management. His book "Law's Environment: How the Law Shapes the Places We Live," will be published by Yale University Press in 2010. His other writings have explored such topics as the relationship between environmental pollution, cultural pollution, and other kinds of "pollution;" the role of religion in environmental law; Chinese environmental law; the scope of congressional power to protect endangered species; alternative approaches to campaign finance reform; and the competing roles of Congress and the courts in correcting statutory mistakes. Professor Nagle teaches a number of courses related to environmental law, legislation, and property. In 2002, he received a Distinguished Lectureship award from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to teach environmental law and property law at the Tsinghua University Law School in Beijing. He received another Fulbright award to serve on the faculty of law at the University of Hong Kong in 2008. Professor Nagle has lectured on environmental, legislation, and property issues at numerous forums in the United States, Canada, China, Hungary, and Malaysia.
Prior to joining the Notre Dame faculty, Professor Nagle was an associate professor at the Seton Hall University School of Law from 1994 through 1998. He also worked in the United States Department of Justice, first as an attorney in the Office of Legal Counsel where he advised other executive branch agencies on a variety of constitutional and statutory issues, and later as a trial attorney conducting environmental litigation. Professor Nagle served as a law clerk to Judge Deanell Reece Tacha of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and he was a scientific assistant in the Energy and Environmental Systems Division of Argonne National Laboratory. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the University of Michigan Law School.
Professor Nagle has participated in numerous activities outside of the law school.
Professor Robert Percival
Professor Percival joined the Maryland faculty in 1987 after serving as senior attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund. While in law school, he served as managing editor of the Stanford Law Review and was named the Nathan Abbott Scholar for graduating first in his class. Percival served as a law clerk for Judge Shirley M. Hufstedler of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White. Percival also served as a special assistant to the first U.S. Secretary of Education. He is internationally recognized as a leading scholar in environmental law. He is principal author of the country's most widely used casebook in environmental law, Environmental Regulation: Law, Science & Policy, now in its sixth edition. He has written extensively on several topics, including environmental law, regulatory policy, federalism, presidential powers, and legal history. He currently teaches Environmental Law, Comparative Environmental Law, Constitutional Law, and Administrative Law at Maryland. In 2007 he was named the University's 'Teacher of the Year.' During the spring semester 2008 Percival taught as a J. William Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. He previously taught as a Fulbright scholar at Comenius University Law School in Slovakia. He also has lectured at 15 universities and before several professional associations and government agencies in China.
Professor Jennifer Turner
Jennifer Turner is the director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Besides putting on meetings and publications focusing on a variety of energy and environmental challenges facing China, she has coordinated several research exchange activities in China, the United States, and Japan bringing together Chinese, U.S., Japanese, and other Asian experts on issues of environmental nongovernmental organizations, environmental journalism, river basin governance, water conflict resolution, and municipal financing of environmental infrastructure. Her recent publications include: "China's Growing Ecological Footprint," coauthored with Linden Ellis, (The China Monitor, March 2007); China's Filthiest Export," coauthored with Juli Kim, (Foreign Policy in Focus, February 2007); and, "Reaching across the Water: International Cooperation Promoting Sustainable River Basin Governance in China, coauthored with Kenji Otsuka (Woodrow Wilson Center, May 2006) (trilingual report). She also serves as editor of the Wilson Center's journal, the China Environment Series. Dr. Turner received her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Comparative Politics from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1997. Her dissertation examined local government innovation in implementing water policies in the People's Republic of China. Her current research focuses on environmental civil society, water resources protection and food safety issues in China.
Professor Canfa Wang
Canfa Wang is a Professor at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing and Director of the Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims (CLAPV). Professor Wang has finished more than 30 compilations on environmental law, is a Ph.D. advisor at the China University of Political Science and Law, and a Superintendent for the Institute for Environmental and Resource Law of China University of Political Science Law. Professor Wang is a Member of the Standing Committee of the Chinese Society of Environmental Sciences. He is also a Member of the Standing Committee and Vice-President of Professional Committee on Environment and Resource Law of the Chinese Legal Society. Professor Wang lectures part-time at Hebei University of Science and Technology and Fuzhou University and is an attorney at Beijing Fada Law Firm.
Professor Yanfang Li
Professor Yanfang Li is the Director of the Energy Law Center and faculty advisor for J.S.D. candidate at Renmin University of China (RUC) School of Law. She specializes in energy law and environmental law and has published extensively on China's Energy Law, Renewable Energy Law, and low carbon economy policies, and on climate change issues. Professor Li led a number of research projects commissioned by the Ministry of Education and National Social Science Foundation of China, which included research on new energy and renewable energy policies and legislation research on climate change issues in China. Professor Li has served on the Standing Committee for the Energy Law Association of China Law Society, and as a Vice Chair of the Environmental Law Branch of the China Society for Environmental Sciences. Professor Li received her LL.B degree from China's Northwest University of Political Science and Law and a Master degree in Civil Law and a Ph.D in Economic Law from Renmin University of China School of Law. Professor Li was a visiting scholar at the Environmental Law Center of University of Maryland from August 2006 to February 2007.
Professor Zhiping Li
Professor Zhiping Li is Vice Dean and faculty advisor for Ph.D. students at Sun Yat-sen University Law School (SYSU) in southern China. She directs SYSU's Environmental Law Clinic and the Environmental Resources and Energy Law Center. Professor LI's teaching and research areas include environmental law and clinical practice, natural resources law, contract law and economic law. She has published extensively on China's environmental law and governance issues and is often called upon by Chinese government agencies to provide consultation and advice on environmental legislation and policy development. Professor LI sits on the Standing Committee of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Association of China Law Society and is a Vice President of the Environmental Law Branch of China Society of Environmental Sciences. She has played an instrumental role in the establishment and development of the collaborative partnership between SYSU and Vermont Law School and has been a key implementing partner of Vermont Law School's U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law since 2006.
Professor LI holds a Ph.D. degree in Public Administration from Sun Yat-sen University, a Master's degree in Environmental Law from China University of Political Science and Law, and a Bachelor of law degree in Legal Jurisprudence from SYSU. She also conducted residency studies at Temple Law School, Vermont Law School and Maastricht University (Netherlands).
Ms. Jingjing Zhang
Known as "China's Erin Brockovich," Ms. Jingjing Zhang is one of China's leading public interest lawyers. She currently serves as the Deputy Country Director of PILnet's (formerly the Public Interest Law Institute) China program. Prior to her current position, Ms. Zhang was the Director of Litigation at the Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims, a leading environmental advocacy center affiliated with the China University of Political Science and Law. An outspoken environmental advocate, she represents pollution victims in lawsuits and promotes public participation by helping communities organize public hearings relating to environmental reviews. Ms. Zhang has won milestone cases in the Chinese courts, including a successful class action suit involving more than 1700 plaintiffs against a chemical company that discharged toxic substances in Fujian Province. Her other professional experience includes serving as a senior legal consultant for the China Environmental Law Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council from 2006 to 2008. Ms. Zhang was a Yale World Fellow in 2008-2009. The Yale World Fellows Program is Yale University's signature program that trains emerging leaders from around the world.
Professor Tseming Yang
Tseming Yang is a professor of law. From 2007-2010, he served as director of the U.S. AID-funded Vermont Law School/Sun Yat-sen University Partnership for Environmental Law in China. Professor Yang's research and teaching focus on US and international environmental law, including environmental justice, global climate change and China's environmental laws. From 1998 to 2003, he served as a member of EPA's National Environmental Justice Advisory Council and chaired the International Subcommittee. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Pittsburgh Law School and a Fulbright lecturer at the Tsinghua University School of Law in Beijing, China. Professor Yang received his BA degree in biochemistry, magna cum laude, from Harvard University and his JD degree from Boalt Hall School of Law of the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as articles editor on the California Law Review. Prior to joining the Vermont Law School faculty in 1998, he clerked for the Honorable Rudi M. Brewster of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, practiced law with the firm of Latham and Watkins in San Francisco, and served as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division. He received tenure in 2003. Professor Yang is on leave of absence for the 2010-11 academic year.