Joan Vogel


Professor Joan Vogel specializes in employment law, anthropology of law, consumer law, medical malpractice, and tort reform. The courses she has taught at Vermont Law School include Commercial Law, Employment Discrimination Law, Employment Law, Law and Anthropology, and Torts.

Professor Vogel received a BA degree from George Washington University in 1973. She earned an MA degree in anthropology in 1975 and a JD degree in 1981, both from the University of California at Los Angeles. She served as a teaching associate in UCLA's Anthropology Department from 1975 to 1976 and performed research in African law. In 1979 and 1980, she clerked with two Los Angeles law firms, Levy and Goldman, and Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann and Krepack. She was a law clerk for Judge Alfred T. Goodwin of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, in Oregon from 1981 to 1982. From 1982 to 1989, she served as assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, an associate visiting professor at Albany Law School, and an associate professor at Oklahoma City University Law School.
Professor Vogel joined the faculty at VLS in 1989. She testified before the Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee on modification of the state's Human Rights Commission in 1995 and was a consultant for the drafting of Vermont's employment law bill in 1997. In 1998, she helped to write the tobacco reimbursement statute that passed the Vermont Legislature. She has presented widely on topics of legal pluralism, new teaching methods in labor law, tort reform, and on the "Lemon Laws." She has served as chair of the Law and Anthropology and the Labor and Employment Law sections of the Association of American Law Schools.



Tort and Practice (4th ed.) with Dominick Vetri, Lawrence Levine, and Ibrahim Gassama, Lexis-Nexis Publishing Co. ( 2011)

​With Dominick Vetri, Lucinda Finley, and Lawrence Levine, Tort Law and Practice, 3rd Ed. (LexisNexis 2006)

​Tort Law and Practice, 2nd Ed. With Dominick Vetri, Lucinda Finley, and Lawrence Levine, Tort Law and Practice, 2nd Ed. (McGeorge 2002).


​Tort Reform as a Teaching Vehicle, in Andrew Popper, Materials on Tort Reform, 26, e-book, West Publishing Network (2010).

Legal Advocacy

​Testified on behalf of the tobacco statute authorizing the State of Vermont to bring a case against the tobacco manufacturers for Medicaid costs related to smoking, 2001.​

​Consultant for draft of employment law bill for Vermont, 1997

Testified before the Vermont senate judiciary committee on modification of the state's Human Rights Commission, 1995.​


Cases in Context: Lake Champlain Wars, Gentrification, and Ploof v. Putnam, 45 St. Louis U. L.J. 791 (2001).​​
Biological Theories of Human Behavior: Admonitions of a Skeptic, 22 Vt. L. Rev. 425 (1997).​​
The Thinking Man's Redneck - Bonfire of the Vanities, 22 Okla. City U. L. Rev. 203 (1997).​
Manufacturing Solidarity: Adventure Training for Managers, 19 Hofstra L. Rev. 657 (1991).​​
Containing Medical and Disability Costs by Cutting Unhealthy Employees: Does Section 510 of ERISA Provide a Remedy?, 65 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1024 (1987).​​

Until Death Do Us Part: Vesting of Retiree Insurance, 9 Indus. Rel. L.J. 183 (1987)

Squeezing the Consumer: Lemon Law, Consumer Warranties and A Proposal for Reform, 1985 Ariz. St. L.J. 589.​​

​With Delgado, Book Review, 32 Hast. L.J. 1777 (1981)

​With Delgado, To Tell the Truth: Physicians' Duty to Disclose Medical Mistakes, 28 U.C.L.A. L. Rev. 52 (1980)

Bibliography of Unpublished Dissertations and Papers on African Law, 1965-76, 15 African L. Stud. 62 (1977).​


Dangerous Territory, 18 Vt. L. Rev. 763 (1994) (book re​view).


Tune Starr, Law as Metaphor, 17 Polar 84 (1994) (book review)


"Introducing Social Justice into the First Year Curriculum," Speaker on panel at SALT Conference on Vulnerable Populations and Economic Realities Conference, Golden Gate University Law School, San Francisco, CA., March 19-20, 2010.​
"Executive Power, Judicial Power, and Constitutional Rights," Discussant, panel at Law and Society Association Convention in Montreal, Canada, May, 2008.​
"Class and Institutions," Organized and Moderated Panel in the AALS Section on Women in Legal Education Workshop on Gender and Class, January 3, 2008. AALS Convention in New York City, NY.​
"Back to School: Innovative Techniques to Train the Trainer,"​ panel, Legal Educators' Colloquium, ABA Section on Disputes Resolution, April 28, 2007, Washington, D.C.
"Getting a Grip on Empire: Post?" Chair, Panel at the Law and Society Association Convention In Baltimore, Maryland, 2006.​
"Promoting Dialogue or Talking Past: The Challenge of Religious Worldviews in Democratic Societies," Chair, Panel at the Law and Society Association Convention in Baltimore, Maryland, 2006.​
"Regulating the Employment Relation in Contemporary Society," Chair, Labor Law Panel at the Law and Society Association Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada 2005.​

Awards & Accomplishments


​Chair, Law and Anthropology Section, Association of American Law Schools, 1996 and 2003

​Chair, 1995, and Secretary, 1993, Labor and Employment Law Section, Association of American Law Schools.