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David B. Firestone

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Professor of Law

JD, Harvard University, 1969;
BS, Wayne State University, 1965

Phone: 802-831-1298


Professor David Firestone is an expert in environmental law, contracts, and international and comparative environmental law. The courses he has taught at Vermont Law School include Contracts, Commercial Law, Environmental Law, and Income Taxation.

Professor Firestone earned his BS degree in mechanical engineering, cum laude, from Wayne State University in 1965 and his JD degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1969. Prior to law school, he worked as an associate engineer-scientist with Douglas Aircraft Co., in Santa Monica, California. After receiving his law degree, he served as an attorney with the Boston Regional Counsel's Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He joined the faculty of Vermont Law School in 1973. He has served as a lecturer in Madagascar on environmental law in developing nations; as a visiting law fellow at King's College in London, where he researched international and comparative environmental law; and as a consultant for the World Bank on using environmental issues as a vehicle for judicial reform in developing countries.

Professor Firestone has lectured and served as seminar leader for the Federal Judicial Center and the American Bar Association; for USAID and USIA/State Department programs in Madagascar, Micronesia, Austria, and Eastern Europe; and at New York University, McGill Law School, Hawaii Law School and Hawaii Pacific University, University of Vermont School of Business Administration, King's College in London, University of Mysore and Cochin University of Science and Technology in India, and Petrozavodsk State University Law School in Russia. He gave the keynote address at the inaugural seminar of the Center of Environmental Law Studies at the University of the Andes in Chile and presented a workshop on United States envrionmental law to the Japan Federation of Bar Associations. He has also been of counsel to private law firms and govenmental entities on a variety of legal issues.