Lizzie Tisher '14

Biography

Lizzie Tisher returned to the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic in June 2016 as a Staff Attorney and LLM Fellow. Prior to her return to the Clinic, Lizzie clerked for Justice John A. Dooley at the Vermont Supreme Court, where she drafted judicial opinions, handled motions, and managed the day-to-day affairs of the chambers. She then worked as an Assistant Attorney General at the Vermont Office of the Attorney General, where she represented the Department for Children and Families, the Natural Resources Board, and other state agencies in appeals to the Supreme Court; provided legal assistance to the Medical Practice Board; and assisted with litigation in the environmental, civil, and consumer protection divisions.

Lizzie earned her JD magna cum laude from Vermont Law School in 2014. While in law school, Lizzie worked as a research associate with the Land Use Institute, where she drafted guidance documents on affordable housing, group homes, and municipal flood control regulation; drafted revisions to Vermont’s procedural rules; and provided editorial assistance for the book NAFTA and Sustainable Development, edited by Professor Kinvin Wroth. She also worked as a research assistant to Professor Melissa Scanlan; was a teaching assistant for Appellate Advocacy with Professor Hillary Hoffmann; and was a member of the National Environmental Law Moot Court Team. During her 3L summer, Lizzie interned with Cultural Heritage Partners, PLLC, where she drafted memoranda and client letters on environmental and preservation compliance, shale gas drilling on tribal lands, antiquities looting and trafficking, and non-profit development, and contacted legislators to advocate on behalf of clients on cultural heritage issues. Lizzie spent her final semester at the Clinic, where she worked on Act 250 litigation, including writing a brief to the Vermont Supreme Court. While at the Clinic, Lizzie was inspired by the clinical teaching method. She enjoys both teaching and learning from the students as they tackle the challenges of environmental advocacy. While a law student, Lizzie published two articles: Land Use Regulation After Koontz: Will We “Rue” the Court’s Decision?, 38 Vt. L. Rev. 743 (2014), and Re-Stitching the Urban Fabric: Municipal-Driven Rehabilitation of Vacant and Abandoned Buildings in Ohio’s Rust Belt, 15 Vt. J. Envtl. L. 173 (2013), which won the 2014 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing. Her third article, (Historic) Housing for All: Historic Preservation as the New Affordable Housing, is forthcoming in Vermont Law Review volume 41. Prior to attending law school, Lizzie earned a BA in Art History from Michigan State University and an MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont, and she worked as an architectural historian and historic preservation specialist in Vermont, Virginia, and Ohio.