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Sean Nolon

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Professor of Law, Director of Dispute Resolution Program

JD, Pace University School of Law, 1997;
BA, Cornell University, 1992

Phone: 802-831-1376


Professor Sean Nolon joined the VLS faculty in 2008.  He teaches ADR, Negotiation, Environmental Dispute Resolution and the 1L Integration Initiative.  He is also the director of the nationally ranked Dispute Resolution Program. Prior to joining Vermont Law School, he was the director of the Land Use Law Center and executive director of the Theodore W. Kheel Center on Environmental Solutions at Pace University School of Law. He has designed and taught courses on land use law, environmental law and dispute resolution at Vermont Law School, Pace Law School, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Pepperdine Law School, and Dartmouth College.  He is also an experienced litigator, mediator and arbitrator specializing in public policy, environmental, and complex commercial disputes.

Professor Nolon's scholarship has been cited by the Massachusetts Supreme Court. He is the author and co-author of numerous publications including: LAND IN CONFLICT: MANAGING AND RESOLVING LAND USE DISPUTES (Lincoln Institute, 2013) with Ona Fergosun and Patrick Field; and ENVIRONMENTAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION (In: The Encyclopedia of Sustainability, Vol. 3: The Law and Politics of Sustainability, Berkshire Publishing) edited by Klaus Bosselmann, Daniel Fogel, and J. B. Ruhl. His articles have been published in the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, Idaho Law Review, Pace Law Review, and the Fordham Urban Law Journal.

Professor Nolon conducts training programs on negotiation, mediation and environmental law for NGOs, private companies, local governments, state agencies domestically and internationally.  Representative clients include: Scenic Hudson, Village of Ossining, the Surdna Foundation, Natural Resource Conservation Service (USDA), Utah Property Rights Ombudsman, and The Environmental Commission of Trinidad and Tobago.

In 2007, Professor Nolon was the recipient of the New York State Bar Association Environmental Law Section Honors Award.