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Mark Latham Receives Tenure at Vermont Law School

May 21, 2010

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- The Vermont Law School Board of Trustees today granted tenure to Professor Mark Latham.

Latham, who joined the VLS faculty in 2005, specializes in a wide range of environmental issues that arise in corporate and commercial real estate transactions and brownfields redevelopment. His research focus includes the intersection of business and environmental law as well as issues under the federal Clean Water Act. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.

Prior to joining the VLS faculty, Latham was a partner and chair of the environmental practice group Gardner, Carton, and Douglas (now Drinker, Biddle and Reath) in Chicago and Washington, D.C. In his 15 years of private practice, he served as defense counsel for businesses, municipalities and individuals in state, federal, civil and administrative enforcement actions under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, CERCLA, RCRA (hazardous waste handling) and EPCRA (protection of public health, safety and the environment from chemical hazards). He counseled clients regarding regulatory compliance under all major environmental statutes, particularly in the water, solid and hazardous waste, and spill/release reporting areas. He also assisted clients with environmental due diligence in a variety of transactions.

Over the past year, Latham's teaching included courses in Torts, Environmental Issues in Business Transactions, Corporations and Other Business Organizations, and Environmental Law. He also was the faculty sponsor for LLM and MELP student internships and several students who are completing their advanced writing requirements or independent research projects.

His scholarship over the past year includes an article titled "(Un)restoring the Chemical, Physical, and Biological Integrity of Our Nation's Waters: The Emerging Clean Water Act Jurisprudence of the Roberts Court," which is to be published in the Virginia Environmental Law Journal. Another forthcoming article, titled "Bush v. Obama: The Fight for the Soul of Science in Environmental Policymaking," is to be published in the Seattle University Environmental Law Journal's symposium book covering environmental law and the first year of the Obama administration. Also, an article titled "The 2008-2009 Term and the Clean Water Act: Justice Kennedy Where Art Thou?", is to be published in the New England Law Review's symposium book on the Supreme Court's 2008 term environmental cases. His article titled "Environmental Liabilities and the Federal Securities Laws: A Proposal for Improved Disclosure of Climate Change-Related Risks," was published in Lewis & Clark Law School's Environmental Law. He also made a number of presentations and participated in several panels.
His service to VLS over the past year included serving on various committees, participating in the institution's hiring decisions, serving on the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law's faculty advisory board, helping VLS to increase the diversity of its student body, serving as faculty advisor to the Business Law Society and mentoring a number of students.

Over the past year, Latham's service to the larger community included serving as board chairman of the Good Neighbor Health Clinic in White River Junction, which provides free medical and dental care to the needy. He also is a board member of the Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences, which is dedicated to environmental education and avian wildlife rehabilitation; the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, which helps to fund environmental research for scientists at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire; and Green Mountain College. He also volunteers at the Windsor County Juvenile Court Diversion Program, which gives non-violent juvenile offenders the opportunity to expunge their convictions through restitution, counseling, drug testing and community service instead of being sentenced to a juvenile correction facility.

John Cramer, Associate Director of Media Relations

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