Purdomhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/People/DispForm.aspx?ID=47PurdomRebecca PurdomAssistant Dean of the Environmental Law ProgramDirector of Distance LearningAssociate Professor of Law<img alt="" src="http://www-assets.vermontlaw.edu/Assets/directories/people/Purdom_Rebecca.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />802-831-1217<div>Professor Rebecca Purdom is known for her work in water and natural resource management, environmental human rights, nonprofit management and policy, and sustainability education. She currently serves as the assistant dean of the Environmental Law Program at Vermont Law School, where she chairs the Distance Learning Program, works with the Center on Agriculture and Food Systems, and teaches in the environmental program. Professor Purdom chairs the Working Group for Distance Learning in Legal Education, a national group of law school faculty and practitioners focused on promoting reform in legal education.</div><div><br>She received her BS degree in science journalism from Linfield College in 1992 and her JD and MSEL degrees from Vermont Law School in 1996, where she also served as managing editor of the <em>Vermont Law Review</em>.</div><div><br>From 1996 to 1998, she served as a clerk to the Hon. Judge J. Garvin Murtha of the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont, and in the chambers of Judge James L. Oakes, Second Circuit Court of Appeals. In 1998, she went into private practice and over the next decade worked in land use, environmental permitting, as the director of a 3000-acre conservation organization, and as a consulting attorney for nonprofit organizations and environmental litigators. In 2001, she joined the faculty of Green Mountain College, where she chaired the Division of Environmental Studies and Management. She was instrumental in designing the college′s environmental liberal arts curriculum, which received the American Association of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Campus Sustainability Leadership Award, and was recognized by <em>Sierra Magazine</em> and the top Green College in 2010 when the college became the first college in the country to go climate neutral without use of carbon-offsets. In 2004, she was the recipient of the United Methodist Church General Board of Higher Education and Ministry Award for Exemplary Teaching. From 2006 to 2010 Professor Purdom taught in the Vermont Law School Summer Session, and designed and launched Vermont Law School's Certificate in U.S. Environmental Law.</div><div><br>In addition to her work in undergraduate sustainability curriculum design, Professor Purdom helped launch two master's programs—a master of science in environmental studies and a sustainable master of business administration. In 2008, she served as a visiting professor of environmental law and business at Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba in Piracicaba, Brazil. where she continues her affiliation through research on water allocation and environmental human rights. She is a member of the Vermont Bar Association.</div>GP0|#f20b7276-47f3-47ad-a1c2-896a011d7be8;L0|#0f20b7276-47f3-47ad-a1c2-896a011d7be8|Environmental Law;GTSet|#d472df4a-bfc1-44e1-aba0-d9d3ce47ddf9GP0|#84094f35-8eaa-4481-b414-8bc4beec3f97;L0|#084094f35-8eaa-4481-b414-8bc4beec3f97|Faculty;GTSet|#f56df0fa-9bdb-4e22-abac-ddf5f696a71d;GPP|#d56ffc52-3a80-49e2-95fd-f49b2d4639a1

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The Legal and Philosophical Challenges of Designhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=1849The Legal and Philosophical Challenges of Design<div class="ExternalClassC7B8EB7284364161AF68091A0C3F0443"><p>​"The Legal and Philosophical Challenges of Design" William Throop and Rebecca Purdom Ecological Restoration, accepted with revisions, Fall 2005.</p></div>http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Our_Faculty/Faculty_Directory/Rebecca_Purdom.htm?child=x125281849Publication
Why Wilderness Now? Science, Public Perception and Wildlands Policyhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=1851Why Wilderness Now? Science, Public Perception and Wildlands Policy<div class="ExternalClass2104138C948941C7819E0380F2EF70BE"><p>​"Why Wilderness Now? Science, Public Perception and Wildlands Policy" (working title) William Throop and Rebecca Purdom, in revisions for submission in Fall 2005.</p></div>http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Our_Faculty/Faculty_Directory/Rebecca_Purdom.htm?child=x125281851Publication
The Dangers of Proxy Wilderness: Increased Scientific Understanding Meets Static Public Policy Hopeshttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=1852The Dangers of Proxy Wilderness: Increased Scientific Understanding Meets Static Public Policy Hopes<div class="ExternalClassAEE56C2AC5AD46A6BE21FE10255A5E8F"><p>​"The Dangers of Proxy Wilderness: Increased Scientific Understanding Meets Static Public Policy Hopes," (working title) Rebecca Purdom, working manuscript.</p></div>http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Our_Faculty/Faculty_Directory/Rebecca_Purdom.htm?child=x125281852Publication
Whence Act 250: Public Policy Theory and the Hard Facts of Vermont's Land Use Lawhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=1856Whence Act 250: Public Policy Theory and the Hard Facts of Vermont's Land Use Law<div class="ExternalClass9CFEA16638AA46FABCCD77ED812E19FE"><p>​"Whence Act 250: Public Policy Theory and the Hard Facts of Vermont's Land Use Law," Rebecca Purdom, unsubmmitted manuscript, 2004.</p></div>http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Our_Faculty/Faculty_Directory/Rebecca_Purdom.htm?child=x125281856Publication
A Citizen's Guide to Wetland Reclassification under the Vermont Wetland Ruleshttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=1857A Citizen's Guide to Wetland Reclassification under the Vermont Wetland Rules<div class="ExternalClassA08B4BE2434B4BDCB739DB9CE4DF6E35"><p>​A Citizen's Guide to Wetland Reclassification under the Vermont Wetland Rules. Vermont Water Resources Board, coauthor, 2002.</p></div>http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Our_Faculty/Faculty_Directory/Rebecca_Purdom.htm?child=x125281857Publication
Conservation Biology and The Courts: Holding the Forest Service to Low Standardshttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=1859Conservation Biology and The Courts: Holding the Forest Service to Low Standards<div class="ExternalClassDA2C869FDDC54E1FB4BA03C8AD5B581E"><p>​Conservation Biology and The Courts: Holding the Forest Service to Low Standards. Vermont Law Review note, 1995. On file at Vermont Law School.</p></div>http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Our_Faculty/Faculty_Directory/Rebecca_Purdom.htm?child=x125281859Publication
A Comprehensive View of Proposed United States Forest Service Proposed Ecosystem Management Rules and Proposals for using Conservation Biology in Public Forestshttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=1860A Comprehensive View of Proposed United States Forest Service Proposed Ecosystem Management Rules and Proposals for using Conservation Biology in Public Forests<div class="ExternalClassD5A8D701E0B14A3D83B72CCD2EC064BF"><p>​A Comprehensive View of Proposed United States Forest Service Proposed Ecosystem Management Rules and Proposals for using Conservation Biology in Public Forests. Vermont Law School, 1996.</p></div>http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Our_Faculty/Faculty_Directory/Rebecca_Purdom.htm?child=x125281860Publication

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A New Paradox of Wilderness Restoration: Public Participation and Public Virtuehttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=1865A New Paradox of Wilderness Restoration: Public Participation and Public Virtue<div class="ExternalClassD3318A2EF595496C8E5BF9FD4261B980"><p>​"A New Paradox of Wilderness Restoration: Public Participation and Public Virtue," William Throop and Rebecca Purdom, Binghamton University, Luther College, Nov. 2004.</p></div>http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Our_Faculty/Faculty_Directory/Rebecca_Purdom.htm?child=x125271865Presentation
The ESA Meets the Sparred Owl; Conflicts in Genetics and Public Policyhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=1868The ESA Meets the Sparred Owl; Conflicts in Genetics and Public Policy<div class="ExternalClass959B0853A749405CA7BC3AE82DA3B5A8"><p>​"The ESA Meets the Sparred Owl; Conflicts in Genetics and Public Policy," Rebecca Purdom, A Delicate Balance, Green Mountain College, Fall 2004.</p></div>http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Our_Faculty/Faculty_Directory/Rebecca_Purdom.htm?child=x125271868Presentation
Preserving Restoration as a Substantive Policy Goalhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=1870Preserving Restoration as a Substantive Policy Goal<div class="ExternalClass0FBD9EFB725A475183AEDE01DD821B52"><p>​"Preserving Restoration as a Substantive Policy Goal," William Throop and Rebecca Purdom, Society for Ecological Restoration, August 2004.</p></div>http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Our_Faculty/Faculty_Directory/Rebecca_Purdom.htm?child=x125271870Presentation
Protecting Biodiversity by Preserving Wilderness: A Reconsiderationhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=1872Protecting Biodiversity by Preserving Wilderness: A Reconsideration<div class="ExternalClass8CD57275693F458B982A0909E73027C0"><p>​"Protecting Biodiversity by Preserving Wilderness: A Reconsideration" William Throop and Rebecca Purdom, Society for Conservation Biology July 2004.</p></div>http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Our_Faculty/Faculty_Directory/Rebecca_Purdom.htm?child=x125271872Presentation
Why Wilderness Now?: Science, Public Perception and Wildlands Policyhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=1877Why Wilderness Now?: Science, Public Perception and Wildlands Policy<div class="ExternalClass047E286D2176494AB2404C66854355AF"><p>​"Why Wilderness Now?: Science, Public Perception and Wildlands Policy" William Throop and Rebecca Purdom Conference on Environment and Community, Saratoga, NY, February 2004; University of Vermont 2004.</p></div>http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Our_Faculty/Faculty_Directory/Rebecca_Purdom.htm?child=x125271877Presentation
The Legal and Philosophical Challenges of Designhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=1878The Legal and Philosophical Challenges of Design<div class="ExternalClass7408413767E74CE090708F6B6D076E0A"><p>​"The Legal and Philosophical Challenges of Design" William Throop and Rebecca Purdom Society for Ecological Restoration, November 2003.</p></div>http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Our_Faculty/Faculty_Directory/Rebecca_Purdom.htm?child=x125271878Presentation
Service Learning at Green Mountain College; Client Conundrums and Partner Possibilities: The Service Learning Clienthttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=1879Service Learning at Green Mountain College; Client Conundrums and Partner Possibilities: The Service Learning Client<div class="ExternalClass6A06B299EB9D4A53A5B73B852C4F4F2F"><p>​Vermont Campus Compact Environmental Service Learning Conference, "Service Learning at Green Mountain College; Client Conundrums and Partner Possibilities: The Service Learning Client," Middlebury, Vermont (June, 2003).</p></div>http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Our_Faculty/Faculty_Directory/Rebecca_Purdom.htm?child=x125271879Presentation
Citizen Initiatives in Small Communities, Framing Your Community Project for Successhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=1881Citizen Initiatives in Small Communities, Framing Your Community Project for Success<div class="ExternalClass3F403BD1987945CE88D57A3DE8FC8932"><p>​Preservation Trust of Vermont Annual Conference, "Citizen Initiatives in Small Communities, Framing Your Community Project for Success," Rutland, Vermont (May, 2002).</p></div>http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Our_Faculty/Faculty_Directory/Rebecca_Purdom.htm?child=x125271881Presentation
New Models for Sustainable Corporate-Nonprofit Partnershipshttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=1884New Models for Sustainable Corporate-Nonprofit Partnerships<div class="ExternalClassD7104BBEA6B549AA98254D91C463A312"><p>​Society for Human Ecology, Northeast Regional Conference "New Models for Sustainable Corporate-Nonprofit Partnerships," Keene, New Hampshire (April, 2002).</p></div>http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Our_Faculty/Faculty_Directory/Rebecca_Purdom.htm?child=x125271884Presentation
Investigating Historical Land Use Patterns in the Northern Taconics, and the Implications for Conservationhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=1885Investigating Historical Land Use Patterns in the Northern Taconics, and the Implications for Conservation<div class="ExternalClassEC55E28E47004F84888730EA237F6B46"><p>​Northern Taconic Research Consortium, "Investigating Historical Land Use Patterns in the Northern Taconics, and the Implications for Conservation," Manchester, Vermont (November, 2001).</p></div>http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Our_Faculty/Faculty_Directory/Rebecca_Purdom.htm?child=x125271885Presentation

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Vice-President, Board of Trusteeshttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=1841Vice-President, Board of Trustees<div class="ExternalClass5E67E627EB084DBF8A97A6EC4326A774"><p>​Vice-President, Board of Trustees, The Nature Conservancy of Vermont</p></div>http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Our_Faculty/Faculty_Directory/Rebecca_Purdom.htm?child=x125301841Affiliation
Supervisorhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=1842Supervisor<div class="ExternalClass2946E594AD2C4F30A91398611FCFC688"><p>​Supervisor, Poultney-Mettawee Natural Resources Conservation District</p></div>http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Our_Faculty/Faculty_Directory/Rebecca_Purdom.htm?child=x125301842Affiliation
Secretaryhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=1843Secretary<div class="ExternalClassA65A9343F85C4A74AE8F74F168CF0FEA"><p>​Secretary, Vermont Association of Conservation Districts</p></div>http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Our_Faculty/Faculty_Directory/Rebecca_Purdom.htm?child=x125301843Affiliation
American Bar Association, Memberhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=1844American Bar Association, Member<div class="ExternalClassC78DFCAEDA2F4D9294A4A07DD135306E"><p>​American Bar Association, Member</p></div>http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Our_Faculty/Faculty_Directory/Rebecca_Purdom.htm?child=x125301844Affiliation
Memberhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=1845Member<div class="ExternalClass3CC1964686714280BA0CDE783F5AF660"><p>​ABA Section on Natural Resources and the Environment, Member</p></div>http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Our_Faculty/Faculty_Directory/Rebecca_Purdom.htm?child=x125301845Affiliation
Memberhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=1846Member<div class="ExternalClass6070B4D5BD6342EC995EA994675A1090"><p>​Vermont Bar Association, Member</p></div>http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Our_Faculty/Faculty_Directory/Rebecca_Purdom.htm?child=x125301846Affiliation