Hannah Smith '13
Hannah Smith is an Associate General Counsel with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, working primarily with the Watershed Management Division. Hannah provides her clients with a broad range of legal counsel, ranging from review of permit language and enforcement referrals, options-based approaches to permitting decisions, development of regulatory language and program policies, and representation in contested cases. She is currently excited to be working with program staff and co-council on the implementation of “Vermont’s Clean Water Act,” passed in 2015, including the design and implementation of the new Municipal Roads Stormwater General Permit.
Prior to joining DEC Hannah was an associate with the Montpelier law firm Tarrant, Gillies & Richardson, where her practice focused on general civil litigation, municipal law, land use, and zoning. She began her legal career as a law clerk for the Vermont Office of Legislative Council, drafting legislation related to land use, natural resources, and energy for the Vermont general assembly. Hannah earned her JD and Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) from Vermont Law School in 2013. As a law student she interned with Midwest Environmental Advocates, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, and spent a semester clerking for the Environmental Division of the Vermont Superior Court. She also worked with Professor Jack Tuholske as a research associate with the Water and Justice Program, studying the potential application of the public trust doctrine to address non-point source pollution in the Great Lakes. Hannah was a student clinician with the Environmental & Natural Resources Law Clinic during the spring of 2012, where she worked with the Toxics Action Center on several cases involving the Clean Air Act and Vermont’s water pollution control statute. The Clinic provided Hannah with her first real experience engaging effectively with opposing parties in a legal case, and conducting client intake and outreach.