Professor Sean Nolon teaches Civil Procedure, ADR, Negotiation, Environmental Dispute Resolution and the 1L Integration Initiative. He is also the director of the nationally ranked Dispute Resolution Program. Prior to joining Vermont Law School, he directed the Land Use Law Center and served as the executive director of the Theodore W. Kheel Center on Environmental Solutions at Pace University School of Law. He has designed and taught courses at Vermont Law School, Pace Law School, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Northeastern, Pepperdine and Dartmouth College. He is also an experienced litigator, mediator and arbitrator specializing in public policy, environmental, and complex commercial disputes.
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: Managing and Resolving Land Use Disputes (Lincoln Institute, 2013) with Ona Fergosun and Patrick Field; and Environmental Dispute Resolution (In The Encyclopedia of Sustainability, Vol. 3: The Law and Politics of Sustainability, Berkshire Publishing) edited by Klaus Bosselmann, Daniel Fogel, and J. B. Ruhl. His articles have been published in the Florida Law Review, Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, Idaho Law Review, Pace Law Review, and the Fordham Urban Law Journal.
Professor Nolon conducts training programs on negotiation, mediation and environmental law for NGOs, private companies, local governments, state agencies domestically and internationally. Representative clients include: The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), not-for-profits , foundations, municipalities, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Utah Property Rights Ombudsman, and The Environmental Commission of Trinidad and Tobago.
In 2007, Professor Nolon received the Honors Award from the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. In 2016, West publishing selected Bargaining for Development Post-Koontz: How the Supreme Court Invaded Local Government. 67 Fla L. Rev. 171 (2015) as one of eighteen articles to be included in the 2016 Zoning and Planning Law Handbook.
The Role of Local Government, In Robert Glicksman & Lee Paddock (Eds.), Environmental Decision Making, Vol. __: The Encyclopedia of Environmental Law, at ___. Edward Elgar Press (forthcoming).
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 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.
Member, Climate Advisory Committee, Hudson River Estuary Program, NYSDEC, 2006 – Present.
Member, American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution.