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Margaret Olnek, Visiting Assistant Professor
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Margaret Olnek

Assistant Professor
Adjunct Faculty Liaison

JD, Vermont Law School, 1992

University of Vermont, 1985

Margaret Olnek


Professor Margaret Olnek, who joined the Vermont Law School faculty in 2018, specializes in a range of family law issues. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 1985 and the Vermont Law School in 1992.

Margaret has worked for 25 years as an attorney. Since 2001, she has represented clients primarily in the area of divorce and child custody. She has experience in every facet of litigation, including trial preparation, depositions, negotiation, settlement and appeals. She is also an active participant in various forms of dispute resolution and has acted as a mediator and arbitrator on family law cases.

She has handled all types of cases, from the most amicable to those that are termed "high conflict." In 2017, she became certified as a divorce coach and works with clients nationwide with their pre-divorce, divorce, and post-divorce issues. Margaret splits her time between Vermont and Colorado.


Empower Radio: The Effects of Parental Conflict and Parental Alienation on Children's and Parent's Well-Being, Jane Irvine and Margaret Olnek, June 5, 2019.

Awards & Accomplishments

Service Work

Margaret is an Advisory Board Member to Simply Parent, a Colorado non-profit.

She is a past Co-Chair of Bridge to Justice, a Colorado non-profit that provides access for those who cannot afford a private attorney.