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Vermont Law School Board Awards Tenure to Taub, Baker

May 21, 2014


CONTACT: Maryellen Apelquist, Director of Media Relations, Vermont Law School
office: 802-831-1228, cell: 802-299-5593,

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt., May 21, 2014—Vermont Law School’s Board of Trustees has awarded tenure to two members of the faculty, Associate Professor Jennifer S. Taub, an expert on financial reform and corporate governance, and Associate Professor Betsy Baker, senior fellow for oceans and energy at the Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE).

“Betsy Baker and Jennifer Taub represent the best of what Vermont Law School professors have to offer,” said Professor Jackie Gardina, vice dean for faculty. “They are highly regarded as experts in their respective fields, and are committed to sharing their unique, real world-based expertise with our students. We are pleased to offer them tenure at Vermont Law.”

Baker teaches comparative law and international environmental law, and serves as project lead for the IEE’s Arctic Resource Extraction Team, whose publications compare regulation of offshore hydrocarbon activity in Canada and the United States, and in Greenland and the Russian Federation. Her focus on the law of the sea and international environmental law has taken her around the world, from Europe to the Arctic. In 2012-2013 she served as visiting scholar with the Extended Continental Shelf (ECS) Task Force at the U.S. State Department, Office of Oceans and Polar Affairs, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. The ECS project built upon her work as a member of the research team mapping the U.S. continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean.

Baker’s published work includes co-authoring the “Arctic Ocean Review” for the Arctic Council, the highest level intergovernmental forum for Arctic governments and peoples. The report, a survey of all international agreements relevant to the Arctic Ocean, was adopted by Arctic Council ministers in May 2013.

Taub researches and writes in the areas of financial reform, corporate governance, and mutual fund regulation in addition to teaching courses in contracts, corporations, securities regulation, and white-collar crime. She has written extensively on financial reform, attracting speaking engagements at conferences, colloquia, and lectures in the U.S. and overseas, and her financial commentary has been featured on The New York Times DealBook blog.

Taub’s book, “Other People’s Houses: How Decades of Bailouts, Captive Regulators, and Toxic Bankers Made Home Mortgages a Thrilling Business,” which will be published this month by Yale University Press, has received advance praise.

“A page-turner that reads like a Michael Lewis financial thriller, this bracing account of the roots of financial crises debunks stubborn myths with insight that would make Louis Brandeis proud,” said Professor Lawrence A. Cunningham of George Washington University Law School.

Taub joined the faculty of Vermont Law School in 2011 after heading the Business Law Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Isenberg School of Management. Before joining academia, she was an associate general counsel at Fidelity Investments – and brings that experience into the classroom to the benefit of Vermont Law School students.

“Both Jennifer and Betsy have achieved national, and international, recognition for their work, and I am consistently impressed with how they share those experiences with our students on a regular basis, whether in class or through individual mentoring,” Gardina said. “They are exceptional role models for students who aim to use the power of the law to make a difference in the world.”


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, find us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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