Purdomhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/People/DispForm.aspx?ID=47PurdomRebecca PurdomAssociate Dean of Innovation and New ProgramsDirector of Distance LearningAssociate Professor of Law<img alt="" src="http://www-assets.vermontlaw.edu/Assets/directories/people/Purdom_Rebecca.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />JD, Vermont Law School, 1996MSEL, Vermont Law School, 1996BS, Linfield College, 1992802-831-1217<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 associate dean of Innovation and New Programs 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-f49b2d4639a1Trial Practice

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              A Comprehensive View of Proposed United States Forest Service Proposed Ecosystem Management Rules and Proposals for using Conservation Biology in Public ForestsA Comprehensive View of Proposed United States Forest Service Proposed Ecosystem Management Rules and Proposals for using Conservation Biology in Public Forests<div class="ExternalClassD5A8D701E0B14A3D83B72CCD2EC064BF"> ​A COMPREHENSIVE VIEW OF PROPOSED UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT RULES FOR USING CONSERVATION BIOLOGY IN PUBLIC FORESTS. Vermont Law School, 1996.​​ </div>1860Publication
              Conservation Biology and The Courts: Holding the Forest Service to Low StandardsConservation Biology and The Courts: Holding the Forest Service to Low Standards<div class="ExternalClassDA2C869FDDC54E1FB4BA03C8AD5B581E"> <em>​Conservation Biology and The Courts: Holding the Forest Service to Low Standards</em>. Vermont Law Review note, 1995. On file at Vermont Law School.​ </div>1859Publication
              A Citizen's Guide to Wetland Reclassification under the Vermont Wetland RulesA Citizen's Guide to Wetland Reclassification under the Vermont Wetland Rules<div class="ExternalClassA08B4BE2434B4BDCB739DB9CE4DF6E35"> A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO WETLAND RECLASSIFICATION UNDER THE VERMONT WETLAND RULES. Vermont Water Resources Board, coauthor, 2002.​ </div>1857Publication
              Whence Act 250: Public Policy Theory and the Hard Facts of Vermont's Land Use LawWhence Act 250: Public Policy Theory and the Hard Facts of Vermont's Land Use Law<div class="ExternalClass9CFEA16638AA46FABCCD77ED812E19FE"> WHENCE ACT 250: PUBLIC POLICY THEORY AND THE HARD FACTS OF VERMONT'S LAND USE LAW, Rebecca Purdom, unsubmmitted manuscript, 2004.​ </div>1856Publication
              The Dangers of Proxy Wilderness: Increased Scientific Understanding Meets Static Public Policy HopesThe Dangers of Proxy Wilderness: Increased Scientific Understanding Meets Static Public Policy Hopes<div class="ExternalClassAEE56C2AC5AD46A6BE21FE10255A5E8F"> THE DANGERS OF PROXY WILDERNESS: INCREASED SCIENTIFIC UNDERSTANDING MEETS STATIC PUBLIC POLICY HOPES (working title) Rebecca Purdom, working manuscript. </div>1852Publication
              Why Wilderness Now? Science, Public Perception and Wildlands PolicyWhy Wilderness Now? Science, Public Perception and Wildlands Policy<div class="ExternalClass2104138C948941C7819E0380F2EF70BE"> <em>Why Wilderness Now? Science, Public Perception and Wildlands Policy</em>, (working title) William Throop and Rebecca Purdom, in revisions for submission in Fall 2005.​ </div>1851Publication
              The Legal and Philosophical Challenges of DesignThe Legal and Philosophical Challenges of Design<div class="ExternalClassC7B8EB7284364161AF68091A0C3F0443"> <em>The Legal and Philosophical Challenges of Design</em>, William Throop and Rebecca Purdom.​ Ecological Restoration, accepted with revisions, Fall 2005. </div>1849Publication

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              A New Paradox of Wilderness Restoration: Public Participation and Public VirtueA New Paradox of Wilderness Restoration: Public Participation and Public Virtue<div class="ExternalClassD3318A2EF595496C8E5BF9FD4261B980"> "A New Paradox of Wilderness Restoration: Public Participation and Public Virtue," William Throop and Rebecca Purdom, Binghamton University, Luther College, Nov. 2004.​​ </div>1865Presentation
              The ESA Meets the Sparred Owl; Conflicts in Genetics and Public PolicyThe ESA Meets the Sparred Owl; Conflicts in Genetics and Public Policy<div class="ExternalClass959B0853A749405CA7BC3AE82DA3B5A8"> ​"The ESA Meets the Sparred Owl; Conflicts in Genetics and Public Policy," Rebecca Purdom, A Delicate Balance, Green Mountain College, Fall 2004.​ </div>1868Presentation
              Preserving Restoration as a Substantive Policy GoalPreserving Restoration as a Substantive Policy Goal<div class="ExternalClass0FBD9EFB725A475183AEDE01DD821B52"> ​"Preserving Restoration as a Substantive Policy Goal," William Throop and Rebecca Purdom, Society for Ecological Restoration, August 2004.​ </div>1870Presentation
              Protecting Biodiversity by Preserving Wilderness: A ReconsiderationProtecting Biodiversity by Preserving Wilderness: A Reconsideration<div class="ExternalClass8CD57275693F458B982A0909E73027C0"> "Protecting Biodiversity by Preserving Wilderness: A Reconsideration" William Throop and Rebecca Purdom, Society for Conservation Biology,​ July 2004. </div>1872Presentation
              Why Wilderness Now?: Science, Public Perception and Wildlands PolicyWhy Wilderness Now?: Science, Public Perception and Wildlands Policy<div class="ExternalClass047E286D2176494AB2404C66854355AF"> "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.​ </div>1877Presentation
              The Legal and Philosophical Challenges of DesignThe Legal and Philosophical Challenges of Design<div class="ExternalClass7408413767E74CE090708F6B6D076E0A"> ​​"The Legal and Philosophical Challenges of Design," William Throop and Rebecca Purdom. Society for Ecological Restoration, November 2003. </div>1878Presentation
              Service Learning at Green Mountain College; Client Conundrums and Partner Possibilities: The Service Learning ClientService Learning at Green Mountain College; Client Conundrums and Partner Possibilities: The Service Learning Client<div class="ExternalClass6A06B299EB9D4A53A5B73B852C4F4F2F"> 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).​ </div>1879Presentation
              Citizen Initiatives in Small Communities, Framing Your Community Project for SuccessCitizen Initiatives in Small Communities, Framing Your Community Project for Success<div class="ExternalClass3F403BD1987945CE88D57A3DE8FC8932"> Preservation Trust of Vermont Annual Conference, "Citizen Initiatives in Small Communities, Framing Your Community Project for Success," Rutland, Vermont (May, 2002).​ </div>1881Presentation
              New Models for Sustainable Corporate-Nonprofit PartnershipsNew Models for Sustainable Corporate-Nonprofit Partnerships<div class="ExternalClassD7104BBEA6B549AA98254D91C463A312"> ​Society for Human Ecology, Northeast Regional Conference "New Models for Sustainable Corporate-Nonprofit Partnerships," Keene, New Hampshire (April, 2002).​ </div>1884Presentation
              Investigating Historical Land Use Patterns in the Northern Taconics, and the Implications for ConservationInvestigating Historical Land Use Patterns in the Northern Taconics, and the Implications for Conservation<div class="ExternalClassEC55E28E47004F84888730EA237F6B46"> Northern Taconic Research Consortium, "Investigating Historical Land Use Patterns in the Northern Taconics, and the Implications for Conservation," Manchester, Vermont (November, 2001).​ </div>1885Presentation
              Center for Law and the Biosciences Lunch Talk SeriesCenter for Law and the Biosciences Lunch Talk Series<div class="ExternalClass1095CB4112324E9F932675407A016AA3"><p>Center for Law and the Biosciences Lunch Talk Series, Rebecca Purdom, Stanford Law School, May 19, 2015.</p></div>https://www.law.stanford.edu/event/2015/05/19/center-for-law-and-the-biosciences-lunch-talk-series-professor-rebecca-purdom-vermont-law-school3303Presentation

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              ​Member, Vermont Bar Association​Member, Vermont Bar Association<div class="ExternalClass6070B4D5BD6342EC995EA994675A1090"><p>​Member, Vermont Bar Association</p></div>1846Affiliation
              ​Member​, ABA Section on Natural Resources and the Environment​Member​, ABA Section on Natural Resources and the Environment<div class="ExternalClass3CC1964686714280BA0CDE783F5AF660"><p>​<span style="font-size:12.7272720336914px;line-height:18.3272724151611px;">Member</span>​, ABA Section on Natural Resources and the Environment</p></div>1845Affiliation
              Member, American Bar AssociationMember, American Bar Association<div class="ExternalClassC78DFCAEDA2F4D9294A4A07DD135306E"><p>​American Bar Association, Member</p></div>1844Affiliation
              ​Secretary, Vermont Association of Conservation Districts​Secretary, Vermont Association of Conservation Districts<div class="ExternalClassA65A9343F85C4A74AE8F74F168CF0FEA"><p>​Secretary, Vermont Association of Conservation Districts</p></div>1843Affiliation
              Supervisor, Poultney-Mettawee Natural Resources Conservation DistrictSupervisor, Poultney-Mettawee Natural Resources Conservation District<div class="ExternalClass2946E594AD2C4F30A91398611FCFC688"><p>​Supervisor, Poultney-Mettawee Natural Resources Conservation District</p></div>1842Affiliation
              Vice-President, Board of Trustees, The Nature Conservancy of VermontVice-President, Board of Trustees, The Nature Conservancy of Vermont<div class="ExternalClass5E67E627EB084DBF8A97A6EC4326A774"><p>​Vice-President, Board of Trustees, The Nature Conservancy of Vermont</p></div>1841Affiliation