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L. Kinvin Wroth

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Director of the Land Use Institute and Professor of Law

LLB, Harvard University, 1960;
BA, Yale University, 1954

Phone: 802-831-1268


L. Kinvin Wroth, a professor of law at Vermont Law School since 1996, served as the school's sixth dean from 1996 to 2004; from 2003 to 2004, he had the additional title of president. Previously, he served as dean of the University of Maine School of Law from 1978 to 1990 and was on the Maine Law faculty from 1964 until coming to VLS. He has edited or written several books and numerous articles on procedure, professional conduct, legal history, legal education, environmental law, and other topics. At VLS, he has taught Comparative Law, The Canadian Legal System, Race and the Law, Civil Procedure, Land Use Law, and Regulating the Marine Environment. Since 2005, he has been director of VLS's Land Use Institute.

Professor Wroth received his bachelor's degree from Yale University in 1954 and his LLB degree from Harvard University in 1960. He served as a teaching fellow and assistant professor of law at the Dickinson School of Law from 1960 to 1962. He returned to Harvard Law as a research associate from 1962 to 1964. While at Maine Law, he held an appointment as research fellow with the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History of Harvard University from 1968 to 1974. As reporter and consultant to the Vermont Supreme Court's rules advisory committees since 1969, He has drafted many of Vermont's rules of procedure, evidence, and professional conduct, as well as its current code of judicial conduct. He was a consultant to similar advisory committees of the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine and has served on numerous court and bar committees in both states.

Professor Wroth has served as chair of the Legal History and Canadian-American (now North American) Cooperation Sections of the Association of American Law Schools, and as chair of the association's Government Relations Committee, as well as a member of the American Bar Association's Section of Legal Education Government Relations Committee. He has served as chair or member of numerous accreditation site visit teams for the ABA, the AALS, and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. His work on John Adams won the American Historical Association's Littleton-Griswold prize in 1966. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an elected member of the American Law Institute, and has been honored by the American Judicature Society.