Since joining the VLS faculty in 1996, Professor Tracy Bach has taught a wide variety of courses, including Health Law and Environmental Health Law; Appellate Advocacy, Dispute Resolution, and Professional Responsibility; and Genocide. A Fulbright Scholar in Dakar, Senegal from 2009-10, Professor's Bach's most recent work has focused on climate change, environmental health, and the implications of both for the developing world. You can read her blog about climate change and Africa at http://simmeringsenegal.wordpress.com/home/ and her environmental health blog at http://wordpress.vermontlaw.edu/environmentalhealth/.
Professor Bach received her BA degree in history, cum laude, from Yale University in 1984 and completed coursework in French language and civilization at the New York University in Paris program. In 1994, she earned her JD degree, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School, along with a MA degree in public affairs from the U of M's Hubert Humphrey Institute. Professor Bach was an article editor for the Minnesota Law Review; a director of the 1992 Jessup International Moot Court Competition Team and member of the prize-winning team at the regional and national levels; and the recipient of the Steven M. Block Prize for Best Paper in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and the 1993 Minnesota Law Review Volume 35-36 Award for Best Student Article.
Before becoming a lawyer, Professor Bach worked in health care finance and management for a midsized New York City consulting firm and a large midwestern hospital chain. Before joining Vermont Law School's faculty, she interned for the trial and appellate courts of the Non-Removable Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa Indians and clerked for the Honorable Harriet Lansing of the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
In 2007, VLS made Professor Bach the Associate Director and Senior Research Fellow of the Climate Legacy Initiative, a grant-funded project that published Recalibrating the Law of Humans with the Laws of Nature: Climate Change, Human Rights, and Intergenerational Justice in 2009. She presented this white paper in Copenhagen at a COP15 side event on Intergenerational Equity and Climate Change, sponsored by the European Youth Forum on COP15's Young and Future Generations Day. Professor Bach has also served as an external peer reviewer for the Intergenerational Justice Review (IGJR), a quarterly publication in English and German of the Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations.
Professor Bach has consulted for the Dartmouth Center for Environmental Health Sciences; been selected as an associate of the Vermont Leadership Institute; served on Legal Writing Institute and AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research committees; and visited or guest lectured at the law faculties of the National University of Rwanda, Petrozavodsk State University (Russia), University of Paris 13, University of Cergy-Pontoise, and Cheikh Anta Diop University (Senegal). Most recently, she was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools Africa Section, and to the Fulbright Scholar Peer Review Committee for West and Central/Southern Africa.
Professor Bach has served as Deputy Editor for The International Lawyer, 2012 Year in Review article on Africa, (Spring, 2012 and 2013 editions); contributed on intergenerational justice to The Encyclopedia of Political Thought (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming 2012); and written Les juridictions américaines face aux changements climatiques, Journee d'Etudes de CERAP de l'Universite de Paris 13 (les éditions Bruylant, automne 2009); Trends in U.S. Climate Change Litigation, Japan Environmental Lawyers' Foundation (Summer 2008) (translated into Japanese); High Noon in the Abortion Battle? Roe "Reality" Post Gonzalez v. Carhart: A Response to Nadine Strossen's Reproducing Women's Rights: All Over Again, 32 Vermont L. Rev. 663 (2008); Choices for Care: Consumer Choice and State Policymaking Courage Amid Medicaid's Shifting Entitlement to Long-Term Care, 9 Marquette Elder's Advisor 269 (2008); Recent Developments in Australian Climate Change Litigation: Forward Momentum From Down Under, 8 Sustainable Development Law and Policy 39 (Winter 2008); Editorial, Darfur Crisis Rages on Four Years Later, Times Argus, Rutland Herald (June 17, 2007); Health Law Guide for Vermont Medical Providers (Contributor), Vermont Bar Association (2005-06); State Legislation Addressing Prevention of Childhood Lead Poisoning: A Policy Report for the Greater Manchester (NH) Partners Against Lead Poisoning (co-authored with the Dartmouth Center for Environmental Health Sciences, November 2004); To Expediency and Beyond: Vermont's Rocket Docket, The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process (Summer 2002); and Medicine and Law, Oxford Companion to American Law (Spring 2002).
A selection of her presentations includes International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) workshop on teaching environmental law, Chongqing, China (July 2013); Climate Change in the 21st Century: Challenges and Responses, West African Research Center (WARC), Dakar, Senegal (April 2013); Balancing Global Energy Needs with Health and Environment Needs, Conference on Energy and Environmental Health, University of Iowa Global Health Studies Program (October 2012); Teaching Statutory and Regulatory Research and Interpretation in an Integrated Way, 15th Biennial Legal Writing Institute (May 2012) (co-presenter with Librarian Julie Graves Krishnaswami); Service Learning in a Capstone Predictive Writing Project, AALS Annual Meeting, Section on Legal Writing, Research, and Reasoning (January 2012); Can We Reform Health Care? Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth (ILEAD) (October 2011); Is Vermont Single Payer Healthcare Right for Norwich? Aging in Place (May 2011); Moderator, Environmental Impacts on Reproductive Health, Vermont Journal of Environmental Law Symposium, Cultivate and Pollinate (January 2011); Le Cadre juridique face aux changements climatiques, U.S. Embassy's 2010 Earth Day Celebration, Thies, Senegal (April 2010); Why and how the new administration should expressly account for intergenerational justice when forging climate policy, Washington & Lee University School of Law 2009 Symposium; Framing Climate Change Harms in Human Rights Terms, National Association of Environmental Law Societies 2008 Conference; Using Live Cases to Teach Legal Research, Analysis, and Communication at the 2008 Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference; State-Based Health Reforms in New England, Hamline University School of Law's Journal of Public Law and Policy 2007 Symposium; What's Happening in Darfur?, 2007 Black History Month Speaker Series; The Potential for Digital Institutions in Post-Genocide Rwanda, 2006 Working Conference on Digital Institutions, Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research/Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School; Gacaca: Retribution and Reconciliation in Rwanda, Vermont Law School 2006 Solutions Conference; Health Law and Reproductive Medicine, University of Vermont College of Medicine (November 2005);· Pollution's Progeny: The Impact of Environmental Toxins on Our Reproductive Health, Vermont Law School (April 2005); The Terri Schiavo Case, Dartmouth Ethics Institute (April 2005); and Is An Ounce Enough?: The Legal and Policy Implications of Disease Screening, Prevention, and Health Maintenance Strategies, 2001 Dartmouth Community Medical School.
"Human Rights in a Climate Changed World: The Impact of COP21, Nationally Determined Contributions, and National Courts," 40 Vt. L. Rev._ (2016)
"Turning the Corner in Lima: The Language of Differentiation and the 'Democratization' of Climate Change Negotiations," Ethics, Policy, Environment (Special Issue Fall 2015).
Climate Change: A Quiet Public Health Crisis, West African Research Association (WARA) Newsletter, Spring 2015.
Closing Remarks, Research and Independent Non-Governmental Organization (RINGO), APA1-3 Closing Plenary, Bonn Climate Change Conference, Bonn, Germany, May 18, 2017.
Moderator, "Empowering Civil Society And Using Legal Means To Advance Climate Justice And Ambition", Climate Law and Governance Roundtable, Bonn Climate Change Conference, Bonn, Germany, May 18, 2017.
Speaker, What Earth Day Means to Qatar, U.S. Embassy in Qatar's 2015 Earth Day, Qatar University, (April 2015).
Presentation, International Climate Change Negotiations and Qatar, Ministry of Environment, Department of Climate Change (March 2015).
Keynote address, What’s Climate Change Got to Do With It?, Best Practices & Knowledge Management Environmental Fair, Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP), College of the Bahamas, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), U.S. Embassy (November 2014).
Introduction and Panel Moderator, 2006-07 Vermont Law Review Symposium, "Good for What Ails You? A Legal, Ethical, and Policy Review of State-Based Health Care Reforms in New England" (November 2006).
Panelist, "Health Care Issues," Snelling Center for Government Collaboration between VLS and the Vermont Legislature (December 2005).
Awards & Accomplishments
- Professor at Vermont Law School since 1996.
- Fellow, VLS U.S.-Asia Partnership for Environmental Law (PEL) (2015).
- Senior Fellow, Center for Energy and Sustainability Law (CESL) at Qatar University College of Law (2015).
- Visiting Professor, Qatar University College of Law (February - June 2015)
- Visiting Professor, Université de Paris 13, Faculté de Droit/ University of Paris, Law Faculty (March 2007, March 2008).
- Visiting Professor, Université Nationale du Rwanda, Faculté de Droit/ National University of Rwanda, Law Faculty, Butare, Rwanda (Spring, 2003).
- Visiting Professor, Petrozavodsk State University, Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia, Russia (Spring, 2003).
- Volunteer, Legal Response Initiative
- Co-chair, Health Law Committee of the Vermont Bar Association.
- Member, Legal Writing Institute (LWI).
- Member, Association of American Law School (AALS) Section on Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing.
- Vice President of Board of Directors and Member of Executive Committee, Chair of Governance Committee, Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire.
- Member, Board of Directors and Chair, Development and Marketing Committee, Upper Valley Teacher Institute.
- Consultant, Dartmouth Center for Environmental Health Sciences.
- Member, Vermont Initiative Against Lead Poisoning.
- Member, LWI Bylaws Revision Committee.
- Member, AALS Annual Meeting Poster Committee.
- Assistant Editor, Legal Writing, the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute.
- Advisory Committee, Second Edition, ALWD Citation Manual.
- Member, Board of Directors, Thetford (VT) Youth Sports Board.