Faculty

Vermont Law School's Environmental Faculty Features National and International Leaders in the Field

ELC faculty are scholars who challenge conventional wisdom and push the envelope of knowledge, and professionals who respect environmental values, enjoy what they do, and devote their talents to making the world a better place.

These talented individuals include litigators involved in major cases before the United States Supreme Court; scholars whose books, articles, and law journal articles are cited by legal peers; and researchers who collaborate with other noted authorities across the nation and around the world.

The faculty’s broad spectrum of environmental law and policy expertise includes:

  • corporate and municipal environmental matters
  • energy
  • endangered species
  • environmental justice
  • "green taxes"
  • international environmental law
  • land use law
  • national security and the environment
  • Superfund
  • urban planning issues
  • water and wetlands
  • wildlife and wilderness law

Please refer to the listings below for more information on individual environmental faculty members.

Tracy Bach
Professor of Law

Expertise: Appellate Advocacy; Health Care Reform; Health Law; Human Rights; Intergenerational Rights; International and Comparative Law; Legal Writing

Laurie Beyranevand
Senior Faculty Fellow for Food Law and Policy
Professor of Law
Senior Fellow of the New Economy Law Center

Expertise: Health Law; Administrative Law; Food Law and Policy

Richard Brooks
Founding Director
Professor Emeritus of Law

Expertise: Environmental Law; Land Use Planning and Regulation

Michael Dworkin
Founder
Professor of Law

Expertise: Energy Law and Regulation

Stephen Dycus
Professor of Law

Expertise: Environmental Enforcement and Regulation; International and Comparative Law; National Security; Property Law; Water Rights and Allocation; Wills and Trusts

John Echeverria
Professor of Law

Expertise: Land Use Planning and Regulation; Property Law; Water Rights and Allocation; Regulatory Takings; Climate Change Adaptation

David Firestone
Professor of Law

Expertise: Business Law; Contracts; International Environmental Law; Land Use Planning and Regulation; State and Government Law; Taxation and Tax Policy

Hillary Hoffmann
Professor of Law

Expertise: Natural Resources Law and Management; Administrative Law; Climate Change; Native American Law

Mark James
Senior Research Fellow
Assistant Professor
Kevin Jones
Director
Professor of Energy Technology and Policy

Expertise: Energy Law and Regulation; Clean Air Act; Climate Change; Air Pollution

Director
Assistant Professor of Law

Expertise: China and the Environment

Mark Latham
Professor of Law
Faculty Representative, Vermont Law School Board of Trustees

Expertise: Clean Air Act; Clean Water Act; Corporations; Torts and Product Liability; Environmental Enforcement and Regulation

Yanmei Lin, Vermont Law School
Associate Director
Associate Professor
Reed Loder
Professor of Law

Expertise: Environmental Ethics; Judicial Ethics; Property Law

VLS President and Dean, Thomas McHenry
President and Dean
Professor of Law

Expertise: Business Law; Environmental Law; Land Use Planning and Regulation

David Mears
Director, Environmental Law Center
Associate Professor of Law

Expertise: Environmental Litigation and Mediation; Wetlands and Water Resources; Federal Facilities Regulation; Pollution Laws; State and Federal Sovereignty

Marc Mihaly
Professor of Law

Expertise: Land Use Law; Energy Law and Regulation; NEPA - National Environmental Policy Act

Janet Milne
Professor of Law
Director, Environmental Tax Policy Institute

Expertise: Climate Change; Land Use Law; Taxation and Tax Policy

Aurora Moses
Assistant Professor of Law

Expertise: Animal Law; Environmental Law; Administrative Law; Food Law and Policy

Sean Nolon
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development
Professor of Law
Director, Dispute Resolution Program

Expertise: Civil Procedure; Alternative Dispute Resolution; Land Use Law; Environmental Law; Mediation; Negotiation; Constitutional Law; Arbitration

Jeannie Oliver
Staff Attorney
Assistant Professor
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Senior Counsel
Professor of Law

Expertise: Climate Change; Endangered Species; Natural Resources Law and Management; Public Lands; Water Rights and Allocation; Wetlands and Water Resources

Craig Pease
Professor of Science and Law

Expertise: Endangered Species; Science and the Law

Laurie Ristino
Director
Associate Professor of Law
Senior Fellow of the New Economy Law Center

Expertise: Farm Bill; Climate Change; Ecosystem Services; Land Conservation

Kenneth Rumelt
Senior Attorney
Professor of Law

Expertise: Environmental Enforcement and Regulation; Environmental Litigation and Mediation; Hazardous Waste and Toxic Substances; Torts and Product Liability; Superfund

Christine Ryan
Environmental Law Librarian
Assistant Professor of Law

Expertise: Legal Research Instruction; Environmental Law Resources

Melissa Scanlan
Professor of Law
Co-Founder and Director, New Economy Law Center

Expertise: Water Rights and Allocation; Environmental Law

Jessica Scott
Assistant Professor

Expertise: International Environmental Law; Air Pollution

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Co-Founder, New Economy Law Center

Expertise: Climate Change; Environmental Ethics

Assistant Professor of Law
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Staff Attorney
Assistant Professor
Jack Tuholske
Director, Water and Justice Program
Visiting Professor of Law

Expertise: Environmental Litigation and Mediation

Joan Vogel
Professor of Law

Expertise: Alternative Dispute Resolution; Employment Law; Torts and Product Liability

Director ENRLC
Assistant Professor
Kinvin Wroth
Director, Land Use Institute
Professor of Law