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.

Laurie Beyranevand
Director, Center for Agriculture and Food Systems
Professor of Law

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

Richard Brooks
Professor of Law Emeritus
Founding Director, Environmental Law Center

Expertise: Environmental Law; Land Use Planning and Regulation

Michael Dworkin, Vermont Law School
Professor of Law Emeritus
Founding Director, Institute for Energy and the Environment

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

Visiting Professor

Expertise: Environmental Justice; Civil Rights; Environmental Law

David Firestone
Professor of Law

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

Hillary Hoffmann, Vermont Law School
Professor of Law

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

Kevin Jones
Director, Institute for Energy and the Environment
Professor of Energy Technology and Policy

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

Sophia Kruszewski
Clinic Director, Center for Agriculture and Food Systems
Assistant Professor of Law

Expertise: Food Law and Policy

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Director, U.S.-Asia Partnerships for Environmental Law
Associate Professor of Law

Expertise: China and the Environment

Mark Latham
Professor of Law

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

Yanmei Lin, Vermont Law School
Associate Director, U.S.-Asia Partnerships for Environmental Law
Associate Professor of Law
Reed Loder
Professor of Law

Expertise: Environmental Ethics; Judicial Ethics; Property Law; Animal Law; Ethics and Professionalism

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

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

Marc Mihaly
Professor of Law Emeritus

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

Janet Milne
Director, Environmental Tax Policy Institute
Professor of Law

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

Jim Murphy
Environmental Advocacy Clinic Director
Assistant Professor of Law

Expertise: Environmental Advocacy; Environmental Law; Environmental Litigation; Climate Change; Wetlands and Water Resources; Endangered Species; Natural Resources Law and Management; Public Lands; Transportation; Land Use Law

Jeannie Oliver, Vermont Law School
Staff Attorney, Institute for Energy and the Environment
Assistant Professor of Law
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Senior Counsel, Environmental Advocacy Clinic
Senior Counsel, Institute for Energy and the Environment
Professor of Law

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

Professor Sarah Reiter, Director of Online Learning
Faculty Director of Online Learning
Assistant Professor of Law

Expertise: Ocean and Coastal Resources; Dispute Resolution; Science and the Law

Kenneth Rumelt
Senior Attorney, Environmental Advocacy Clinic
Senior Attorney, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic
Professor of Law

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

JenniferRushlow
Associate Dean for Environmental Programs
Director, Environmental Law Center
Associate Professor of Law

Expertise: Administrative Law; Climate Change; Environmental Advocacy; Environmental Justice; Environmental Law; Environmental Litigation; Food and Agriculture; Food Law and Policy; Land Use Law; Municipal Law; Transportation

Christine Ryan
Environmental Law Librarian
Associate Professor of Law

Expertise: Legal Research Instruction; Environmental Law Resources

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

Expertise: Water Rights and Allocation; Environmental Law

Emily Spiegel, Vermont Law School
Assistant Professor of Law
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Staff Attorney, Environmental Advocacy Clinic
Staff Attorney, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic
Assistant Professor of Law

Expertise: Endangered Species; Environmental Enforcement and Regulation; Environmental Litigation and Mediation

Jack Tuholske
Director, Water and Justice Program
Professor of Law

Expertise: Environmental Litigation and Mediation

Joan Vogel
Professor of Law

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

Kinvin Wroth
Professor of Law Emeritus