Elizabeth Schilling '12


Elizabeth Schilling, formerly McDonald, is an Associate General Counsel with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), where she works primarily with the Watershed Management Division. As an Associate General Counsel, Elizabeth provides her clients with options-based legal advice and legal assistance on everything from settling litigation to drafting and reviewing bills, administrative rules, and permits. Recent DEC work that she is proud to be involved with includes the adoption of what has been referred to as “Vermont’s Clean Water Act” or Act 64 of 2015, which provides the necessary legislative changes for Vermont to comply with the Lake Champlain Phosphorus Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and includes everything from new stormwater control requirements to requiring updates to farming practices to protect water quality. She is also excited to be working on DEC initiatives to control combined sewer overflows or CSOs, which include a new administrative rule and a bill to require better public notice of these events.

Elizabeth earned her JD from Vermont Law School in 2012 and prior to starting at DEC, worked as a law clerk for the Vermont Office of Legislative Council during the 2012-2013 legislative session, where her areas of focus included energy, land use, and the environment. In law school, Elizabeth interned for the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic during the summer of 2011, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, the Conservation Law Foundation, and the Vermont Natural Resources Council. While at the Environmental & Natural Resources Law Clinic, Elizabeth gained valuable practical experience drafting briefs with Professors Parenteau and Tuholske challenging Arch Coal’s mining leases in Montana and working on three settlement agreements to bring scrap metal facilities impacting the Mystic River into compliance with the federal Clean Water Act. Elizabeth lives in Montpelier, Vermont with her husband Falko Schilling, a fellow VLS alum, Class of 2011, and an advocate with the Vermont Public Interest Research Group.