Rachel Stevens ‘13 has worked as a Staff Attorney and Assistant Professor with the Environmental Advocacy Clinic and, more recently, with the Environmental Justice Clinic since graduating from VLS in 2013 and completing the two-year LLM fellowship program. She has worked with communities to fight polluting developments such as fossil fuel and natural gas infrastructure, biomass, waste incinerators, asphalt plants, rock crushers, and paper mills, and has advocated for stronger public health protections for communities exposed to lead, pesticides, PFAS, and other toxins. Currently, she works in partnership with Earthjustice representing the Ironbound Community Corporation in its efforts to develop community-based solutions for the environmentally overburdened Ironbound community in Newark to fight for a healthier environment. Before joining the faculty, she worked full-time as a student clinician at the EAC, where she received the Clinical Legal Education Association Outstanding Student Award; served as a Managing Editor for the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law; worked for Stack & Associates P.C., a boutique environmental and land use law firm in Atlanta, Georgia; and the Office of the Georgia Capital Defender, representing indigent defendants facing the death penalty. She earned her undergraduate degree in English, History, and Spanish from the University of Georgia, and received a J.D., Master of Environmental Law and Policy, and LL.M. magna cum laude in Environmental Law from the Vermont Law School. When Rachel is not working on her cases or teaching students, she can be found outside enjoying Vermont’s scenic environment and volunteering with the Vermont Chapter of the Sierra Club where she serves on the Executive Committee.
Presenter, “Transportation Equity,” 24 Hours of Reality: Countdown to the Future, The Climate Reality Project (Oct. 10, 2020).
“Transportation Equity and Environmental Justice in Vermont,” Vermont Transportation Efficiency Network (Sept. 10, 2020).