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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

Awards and Affiliations


  • Recognized and honored with others at the January 2008 meeting of the AALS House of Representatives and Association luncheon for efforts leading to passage of College Cost Reduction and Access Act, which provides student loan relief for law students and others in public service employment.

  • Honored for contributions to legal scholarship, judicial system, and public service by American Judicature Society, Maine State Bar Association, Maine Bar Foundation, Maine Civil Liberties Union, and Maine Trial Judges Association.

  • Co-recipient, Littleton-Griswold Prize, American Historical Association, 1966, for Legal Papers of John Adams.


Teaching and Administration at VLS:

  • Dean, 1996–2004, and President, 2003–04, of Vermont Law School.
  • Director, Vermont Law School's Land Use Institute since 2005.
  • Professor of Law at Vermont Law School since 1996.

Leadership and Service:

  • Member, Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Board of Directors, 2003–05.
  • Member and Secretary, Vermont Supreme Court's Access to Justice Committee and Coalition, since 1999.
  • Chair, President's Assembly, Association of Vermont Independent Colleges, 2002–04.
  • Member, Commission on the Future of Vermont's Justice System, 1998.
  • Chair, Independent Law Schools Committee, legal education section, American Bar Association, 2001–04.
  • Chair, government relations committee, Association of American Law Schools, 2001–03 and since 2007.
  • Member or Chair, numerous ABA, AALS, and New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation teams since 1983.
  • Chair, AALS Canadian-American (now North American) cooperation section, 1983–84, 1991, 1994 and 2007.
  • Elected Member, American Law Institute, since 1989.
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, since 1994.
  • Chair, steering committee, Maine Commission on Legal Needs, 1989–90.
  • Chair, alternative dispute resolution task force, Commission to Study the Future of Maine's Courts, 1991–93.
  • Officer, and President, 1988, Maine Bar Foundation, 1983–87.
  • Member, board of directors, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, 1985–95.
  • Chair, Legal History Section, Association of American Law Schools, 1980.

Contributions to the Law:

  • Reporter and Consultant, Vermont Supreme Court's rules advisory committees, since 1969; has drafted Vermont's rules of civil, criminal, and appellate procedure; rules of evidence; the code of judicial conduct; rules for environmental court proceedings,and various amendments to those rules and the rules of probate procedure and rules for family court proceedings, and the rules of professional conduct.
  • Consultant to five of Maine Supreme Judicial Court's rules advisory committees, 1967–96.


Dean, 1978–90, and Professor of Law, 1964–96, University of Maine School of Law.