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Chelsea Colwyn MELP'11

Adjunct Faculty
Summer Session

JD, Yale Law School

MELP, Vermont Law School

BA, Dartmouth College

Chelsea Colwyn MELP'11


Professor Chelsea L.M. Colwyn is a staff attorney for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She also teaches the public land management summer course in Missoula, MT for Vermont Law School. Chelsea has worked as a Fulbright Scholar in Adelaide, South Australia, studying environmental water buybacks, a Research Fellow with Vermont Law School’s Water and Justice Program, studying the history of the US Forest Service and California water law, a Hansard Society Research Fellow at the London School of Economics, studying England’s privatized water sector, and at American Rivers. Chelsea graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 2004, earned a master’s in environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School in 2011, and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 2018 where she was selected as a Wyss Scholar for western conservation.

Professor Colwyn has an extensive background in water law and policy as well as public land management. She teaches an online Water Law course and the Public Land Management summer field course at VLS. Chelsea currently works as a staff attorney for tribes in western Montana. In her free time, she loves being outdoors with her husband and two young daughters.