Professor Nolon teaches and writes in the fields of negotiation, dispute resolution, environmental law, land use, and governance. In addition to teaching, he has significant experience as a lawyer, ombuds, mediator, negotiator, and facilitator in the areas of employment, land use, environmental, public policy and commercial transactions.
He currently serves as the Alternative Dispute Resolution Counsel in the Legal Division of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Prior to joining the FDIC, he was the Vice Dean for Faculty and a Professor of Law at Vermont Law School where he directed the Dispute Resolution program for a decade. From 2015-2017, he served as the Ombuds for Dartmouth College. From 1999 to 2008, he worked at Pace Law School as the Founding Executive Director of the Kheel Center for Environmental Dispute Resolution, the Director of the Land Use Law Center and an adjunct professor. From 1997 to 1999 he litigated cases at Melito and Adolfsen, P.C. in New York City.
Professor Nolon’s scholarship has been cited by the Massachusetts Supreme Court. He is the author and co-author of numerous publications including: LAND IN CONFLICT: PREVENTING AND MANAGING LAND USE DISPUTES (with Ona Ferguson and Patrick Field); Environmental Dispute Resolution, In: THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SUSTAINABILITY, VOL. 3: THE LAW AND POLITICS OF SUSTAINABILITY (Berkshire); Arbitration and the Olympic Athlete, In THE HANDBOOK OF AMERICAN SPORTS LAW (Oxford University Press). His articles have been published in the law journals of Florida University, Fordham University, Yeshiva University’s Cardozo Law School, University of Oregon, Idaho University, and Pace University.
He has designed and taught in-person and online courses at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Pepperdine Law School, Northeastern Law School, Dartmouth College, Pace Law School, and Vermont Law School.
He received the Honors Award from the New York State Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section, the Groundbreaker Award from the Land Use Law Center, and is licensed to practice law in New York.
Arbitration and the Olympic Athlete, In Michael McCann (Ed.), Handbook of American Sports Law. Oxford University Press (2018).
The Role of Local Government, In Robert Glicksman & Lee Paddock (Eds.), Decision Making in Environmental Law: Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law Series. Edward Elgar Press (2016).
The Challenges and Opportunities Confronting Modern Public Policy Mediators, Dispute Resolution Magazine, American Bar Association (Winter 2016).
Keynote, "Can Local Process Save the World?" Southern New England Planning Association Annual Conference, Providence, Rhode Island, October 2011.
Keynote, Northern Dutchess Alliance Annual Dinner. December, 2004
Awards & Accomplishments
Awards, Honors or Grants
Pace Land Use Law Center, Groundbreaker's Award (2008). "The Groundbreaker Award is given to an individual who has done exemplary work in the community or region using the types of land use and decision-making tools and techniques taught in the Land Use Law Center."
NYS Bar Association, Environmental Law Section, Honors Award, 2007.
Member, Climate Advisory Committee, Hudson River Estuary Program, NYSDEC, 2006 – Present.
Member, American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution.
Member of Leadership Council, Association for Conflict Resolution, Environment/Public Policy Section, 2004-2005.
Member, Hudson River Clearwater Sloop, Board of Directors, 2007-2009.
Pesticide Program Coordinator, Farm Worker Legal Services, New Paltz, New York, 1993.
Member, Westchester Bar Association.
Volunteer, Westchester Mediation Center, Yonkers, New York, 2000 – 2005.
Member, Housing Action Council, Board of Directors, 2007-2009.
Member, the New York State Bar, 1998-Present.
Board Member-at-Large, Westchester County Municipal Planning Federation, 2004-Present.
Member, New York State Dispute Resolution Association.
Volunteer, Lawyers for the Arts, Manhattan, New York, 1999-2000.