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EJSBS climate protest

Vermont Law and Graduate School (VLGS) announced the launch of a new website – Environmental Justice State by State ( This online resource highlights the achievements of environmental justice communities in advancing law and policy at the state level. It features a comprehensive law library and database containing information about environmental justice laws, policies, mapping tools, and…

Protestors hold a banner that reads "Rise for Environmental Justice for All."
Students and faculty in Vermont Law School’s Environmental Justice Clinic and Climate Justice Practicum are helping to strengthen environmental justice legislation across the country: from the City of Philadelphia to the State of Vermont to federal legislative action.
Professor Pat Parenteau
On Thursday, March 17, the Embedded Racism in the Law series features former Environmental Justice Clinic Director Marianne Engelman-Lado in conversation with Pat Parenteau about environmental justice at the EPA. Pat shares a preview of their discussion.
VT state capitol building in Montpelier
May 19, 2021
Vermont Law School's Environmental Justice Clinic worked alongside legislators to develop language for a new bill.
An idyllic beach in St. Croix with an oil refinery in the distance.
February 19, 2021
Students in Vermont Law School’s Environmental Justice Clinic are supporting frontline communities in their fight against an oil refinery that has polluted a Caribbean Island for decades.
Father Phil Schmitter
October 28, 2020
The Black Lives Matter movement and the spread of COVID have once again raised the question: How much pollution can a community tolerate?
Kerene Tayloe headshot
October 2, 2020
Environmental Justice Clinicians interview Kerene Tayloe, Director of Federal Legislative Affairs at WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Jose Bravo headshot
September 18, 2020
Environmental Justice Clinicians Sophia Battle JD'21 and Joel Nelson JD'21 talk with José Bravo, Executive Director of the Just Transition Alliance.
Naemma Muhammad
August 31, 2020
Environmental Justice Clinicians Vanessa Romero JD/MELP'21 and Kendall Keelen JD'22 Talk with Naeema Muhammad, Director of Organizing at the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network.
Ben Eaton
August 19, 2020
Environmental Justice Clinicians John Kirkpatrick and Patrick Raya speak with Perry County, Alabama, Commissioner Benjamin Eaton.
August 26, 2020
Environmental Justice Law Society (EJLS) is proud announce the premier of Trace the Roots: Voices Left Out of Environmental Conversations, a short documentary featuring environmental justice leaders Mustafa Santiago Ali, Raya Salter, and Nadia Seeteram.
Kesha Ram
August 19, 2020
Environmental Justice Clinic students Rico Edwards JD'22/MARJ'19 and Blake Whitehead MARJ'20 interview Center for Whole Communities Senior Fellow and Vermont State Senate candidate Kesha Ram.
An illustration of eight people each with a speech bubble above their head. Inside the speech bubbles are icons representing the work of the environmental justice clinic: a can of toxic materials, a fist, a scale, a megaphone, a smokestack, a faucet with water coming out, a globe, and a handshake.
August 12, 2020
Introducing the Environmental Justice Clinic’s new blog series, in which student teams sit down with clients and partners from across the country. Over the next six weeks, we’ll hear their perspectives on the connections between environmental justice, the struggle for racial justice, and the Movement for Black Lives.