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1.5 Million Dollar Gift to Support Environmental Program

September 23, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — September 23, 2013

Peter Glenshaw, Director of Communications, Vermont Law School
Office: 802-831-1318, cell: 603-738-8487, home: 603-795-4764,
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SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt.—A $1.5 million gift from an alumnus and trustee has been pledged to support the environmental program at Vermont Law School.

The gift will enable the school’s top-ranked program in environmental law and policy to be strengthened through a leadership curriculum, expansion of the master’s degree program, and support for research centers and institutes at the Environmental Law Center at Vermont Law.

The gift is being made by James E. Hanson II, who is President of Hampshire Real Estate Companies of Morristown, New Jersey, and a 1983 graduate magna cum laude from Vermont Law School. Mr. Hanson has been a Trustee of Vermont Law since 2005.

“Vermont Law School is indebted to Jimmy for this generous gift,” said President and Dean Marc Mihaly. “This commitment provides an important investment in our flagship environmental program, and provides VLS graduates further resources to make a difference in their communities and the world.”

“For forty years, Vermont Law has been helping to create leaders who use the power of the law to make a difference locally, nationally, and internationally,” said Mr. Hanson. “I am delighted to help ensure that the law school continues their tradition of excellence in environmental law and policy, and hope this gift will inspire friends and alumni of VLS to do the same.”


Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, has the top-ranked environmental law program and one of the top-ranked clinical training programs in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor curriculum that emphasizes public service; two Master's Degrees (Master of Environmental Law and Policy, and Master of Energy Regulation and Law), and three post-JD degrees—LLM in American Legal Studies (for foreign-trained lawyers), LLM in Energy Law, and LLM in Environmental Law. The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center, the South Royalton Legal Clinic, and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic. For more information, visit

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