Patrick A. Parenteau
LLM, environmental law, George Washington University, 1975;
JD, Creighton University, Omaha, NE, 1972;
BS, business administration, Regis College, Denver, CO, 1969
Phone: (802) 831-1305
Professor Patrick A. Parenteau, formerly director of Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center and of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, is recognized for his expertise regarding endangered species and biological diversity, water quality and wetlands, environmental policy and litigation, and land use and property rights. The courses he has taught at Vermont Law School include Environmental Policy and Management, Citizen Suits, Watershed Protection, and the Extinction seminar.
Professor Parenteau received his BS degree in business administration from Regis College in 1969 and his JD degree from Creighton University in 1972. He served as staff counsel for the Legal Aid Society of Omaha, Nebraska, and then earned his LLM degree from George Washington University in 1975. From 1976 to 1984, he held three positions with the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, DC: counsel, director of the resources defense division, and vice president for conservation. During this period, he also served as an adjunct professor at Vermont Law School, at George Washington University, and at the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College. From 1984 to 1987, he served as regional counsel for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region I, in Boston, during which time he helped establish national precedent for wetlands protection (Sweedens Swamp/Attleboro Mall). Professor Parenteau served as commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation from 1987 to 1989, then was of counsel to the firm of Perkins Coie in Portland, Oregon, from 1989 to 1993. He served as special counsel to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service during the spotted owl exemption proceedings in 1991 to 1992. In 1993, he returned to Vermont to assume the directorship of the Environmental Law Center, a position he held through 1998. In 2003, he helped found and directed the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic at VLS, where he now serves as senior counsel. Professor Parenteau has lectured on environmental issues in the Czech Republic, Cuba, Russia, and China. He also teaches at Dartmouth College as an adjunct professor in environmental studies. Professor Parenteau is the recipient of the 2006 National Conservation Achievement Award in the Legislative division, presented by the National Wildlife Federation.