Jessica Scott is an Assistant Professor at Vermont Law School where she currently teaches Air Pollution Law, International Environmental Law, and Legislation and Regulation. In addition to teaching, she works in the Environmental Law Center, leading a team of faculty and staff to elevate the master’s program at VLS. Professor Scott also serves as a Sustainability Faculty Fellow at the University of Vermont.
Previously, she was an attorney at the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of General Counsel. There she provided legal advice under the Clean Air Act and many of the numerous federal statutes, Executive Orders, and policies that affect all of EPA’s programs, including environmental justice, federal Indian law, and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Jessica also counseled on international environmental law. In November and December of 2011, Jessica participated in the National Committee on US-China Relations’ Environmental Law Professionals Exchange and served as a Fellow at the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative in Beijing.
She is a recipient of the American Bar Association’s 2013 Distinguished Environmental Advocates Award, the U.S. EPA's 2012 Trudy Speciner National Honor Award, a U.S. EPA Gold Medal for Exceptional Service, and a U.S. EPA Bronze Medal for Commendable Service.
She has a B.S. cum laude from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and a J.D. magna cum laude from Vermont Law School.
The Dangers of Dioxins and Their Potential Remedy in International Law: The Stockholm Convention Mentis Vita, The Georgetown Undergraduate Journal of Scholarship Spring 2005 ed.
Move or Wait for the Flood and Die: Protection of Environmentally Displaced Populations Through a New Relocation Law The Florida A&M Law Review Spring 2014 Symposium ed.
Cleaning Up the Dragon's Fountain: Lessons from the First Public Interest Lawsuit Brought by a Grassroots NGO in China The George Washington International Law Review Fall 2013 ed.
From Environmental Rights to Environmental Rule of Law; Economics for the Anthropocene Law and Governance Conference, South Royalton, VT (April 2016)
The Role of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and State Environmental Protection Agencies in Implementing American Environmental Laws; Zhongnan University's Environmental Resources and Law Institute, Wuhan, China (November 2011)
Neighbors Talking Across the Fence: How Early Dialogue About Permit Applications Between Facilities and Communities Helps Both; Florida A&M College of Law Environmental Law and Justice Symposium: Empowering Environmental Justice Communities Locally and Globally, Orlando, FL (November 2013)
In the People's Interest: Openings for Pollution Public Interest Cases in China; Wilson Center China Environment Forum, Washington, DC (November 2012)
Awards & Accomplishments
Awards, Honors or Grants
Trudy Speciner National Honor Award US Environmental Protection Agency, 2012
Gold Medal for Exceptional Service US Environmental Protection Agency, 2014
Distuinguished Environmental Advocates Rising Star Award American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, 2013
Faculty Fellow, UVM Sustainability Faculty Fellow Program, 2017-2018.