​​​​​​​​​As a top-ranked environmental law school, Vermont Law School students have the opportunity to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC). Students defend Vermont's first-in-the-nation labeling law for genetically engineered foods, protect waters from stormwater pollution, and more.  Meet some of the ENRLC's student clinicians and the cases they are working on.




Carlislehttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/People/DispForm.aspx?ID=530CarlisleStudent Clinician<img alt="" src="http://www-assets.vermontlaw.edu/Assets/directories/people/Carlisle_Matthew.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Matthew J. Carlisle '17GP0|#680dd031-ffe1-44bd-84ba-135d611a2173;L0|#0680dd031-ffe1-44bd-84ba-135d611a2173|Students;GTSet|#f56df0fa-9bdb-4e22-abac-ddf5f696a71d;GPP|#d56ffc52-3a80-49e2-95fd-f49b2d4639a1Carlisle,MatthewEnvironmental and Natural Resources Law ClinicMatthew was born and raised in Carmel, Indiana. As a kid he fell in love with the outdoors and loved to fish, hike, and camp. In grade school he started to play hockey and played throughout high school where he fell in love with the sport. He’s a die-hard Chicago Blackhawks fan, mainly because Indiana does not have a team. After high school Matthew attended Purdue University and graduated with a Bachelors in Landscape Architecture. In school he had a particular affinity towards the technological side of planning, master planning, and grading and drainage. After college he worked for a large civil engineering firm in Raleigh. While based in Raleigh, he traveled to San Diego, CA, Sarasota, FL, and Durham, NC to do work on many large-scale developments. Matthew specifically worked on military base housing plans, city streetscape plans, and 3-D modeling for client presentation. He became extremely familiar with the city review process and how much city codes differ from one another.
Durandhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/People/DispForm.aspx?ID=548DurandStudent Clinician<img alt="" src="http://www-assets.vermontlaw.edu/Assets/directories/people/Durand_Tristen.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Tristen Durand '18GP0|#680dd031-ffe1-44bd-84ba-135d611a2173;L0|#0680dd031-ffe1-44bd-84ba-135d611a2173|Students;GTSet|#f56df0fa-9bdb-4e22-abac-ddf5f696a71d;GPP|#d56ffc52-3a80-49e2-95fd-f49b2d4639a1Durand,TristenEnvironmental and Natural Resources Law ClinicTristen was born and raised in Alexandria Bay, New York. Growing up on the St. Lawrence River, she became passionate about protecting freshwater resources. She loved to fish, swim, and boat with her family. Throughout high school, Tristen was heavily involved in the music program and planned to study computer science in college. She began her studies at Rochester Institute of Technology as a computer science major and quickly changed her major to criminal justice. During her two years at RIT, Tristen worked for the RIT Center for Public Safety Initiatives where she researched the relationship between females and burglary in Rochester, New York. By the end of her first year, she traveled to Roger Williams University to present her and her team’s research at the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences’ 35th Annual Meeting. Tristen decided to transfer schools after the completion of her sophomore year at RIT because of her decision to attend law school after graduation.
Mungerhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/People/DispForm.aspx?ID=576MungerStudent Clinician<img alt="" src="http://www-assets.vermontlaw.edu/Assets/directories/people/Munger_Sarah.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Sarah Munger '18GP0|#680dd031-ffe1-44bd-84ba-135d611a2173;L0|#0680dd031-ffe1-44bd-84ba-135d611a2173|Students;GTSet|#f56df0fa-9bdb-4e22-abac-ddf5f696a71d;GPP|#d56ffc52-3a80-49e2-95fd-f49b2d4639a1Munger,SarahEnvironmental and Natural Resources Law ClinicBefore coming to VLS, I worked with the City of Austin on their Zero-Waste Strategic Initiatives Team. I graduated from Southwestern University ‘14 in Georgetown, Texas with a degree in Environmental Studies and International Studies. When I was applying to law schools, I knew I wanted to participate in an environmental law clinic. Now I’m one of four 2Ls at the Clinic—the first time fall semester 2Ls have been at the Clinic.
Petersonhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/People/DispForm.aspx?ID=484PetersonStudent Clinician<img alt="" src="http://www-assets.vermontlaw.edu/Assets/directories/people/Peterson_Ian.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Ian Peterson '16GP0|#680dd031-ffe1-44bd-84ba-135d611a2173;L0|#0680dd031-ffe1-44bd-84ba-135d611a2173|Students;GTSet|#f56df0fa-9bdb-4e22-abac-ddf5f696a71d;GPP|#d56ffc52-3a80-49e2-95fd-f49b2d4639a1Peterson, IanEnvironmental and Natural Resources Law ClinicIan came to Vermont Law School after working as an environmental planner in California at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. In that role, he helped implement initiatives to improve air quality and protect public health through coordinating regional planning efforts, assisting local governments, and creating analytical tools to estimate project-level air pollutant and carbon emissions. Prior to joining the District, Ian was appointed by California Governor Schwarzenegger to help develop and adopt amendments to the California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines for the analysis and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions. He received a Master's in City and Regional Planning from California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo and holds a BA in Geography from the University of California at Santa Barbara.