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Jackie Gardina

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Vice Dean for Faculty and Professor of Law

JD, Boston College School of Law, 1999;
MSW, Boston University, 1993;
BA, University of Iowa, 1988

Phone: 802-831-1272


Professor Jackie Gardina specializes in four main areas: civil procedure; administrative law; bankruptcy, with a special emphasis on environmental obligations in bankruptcy; and sexual orientation and gender identity issues. At Vermont Law School, she has taught Administrative Law, Bankruptcy and Environmental Law, Civil Procedure, and Federal Courts.

Professor Gardina received her BA degree in political science from the University of Iowa in 1988 and her Masters in Social Work from Boston University in 1993. Before attending law school, she worked as an outpatient clinical social worker. Six years later, she graduated magna cum laude from Boston College Law School. Upon graduation, she clerked for Chief Judge William Young of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and then for the Honorable Levin Campbell of the First Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition, she was an associate at the Boston firm of Choate, Hall, and Stewart, where she practiced in the commercial litigation department.

Before joining the Vermont Law School faculty in 2003, Professor Gardina was an adjunct professor at Boston College Law School and a special guest lecturer at Landmark College. She has also taught at the University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law, University of Oregon and Santa Clara University.  She is recognized as an accomplished teacher, receiving the VLS Student Bar Association Faculty Service Member Award six times and the Women's Law Group Phenomenal Woman award twice. She is advisor to the Alliance, the LGBTQI student group at VLS. In addition to her teaching duties, she has spoken and written on a variety of topics, including the Solomon Amendment, the "don't ask, don't tell" law, and the intersection of the Defense of Marriage Act and the bankruptcy code.  She is the co-president of the Society of American Law Teachers, a member of the Association of American Law Teachers Government Relations Committee and a former board member of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.