Leslie Welts '11

Biography

Leslie Welts is a Litigation Attorney in the Agency of Natural Resources Office of General Counsel’s Enforcement and Litigation Section, where she represents the Agency’s three departments in litigation before the Vermont Superior Court Environmental Division and other administrative bodies, Act 250 proceedings, and enforcement matters. Leslie worked as an Associate General Counsel for the Department of Environmental Conservation for three years before transitioning into her current position. When not practicing law, Leslie’s creative outlet is as a bassoonist with the Vermont Philharmonic. A brief VLS career profile of Leslie can be found here: http://www.vermontlaw.edu/careers/career-profiles/natural-resources-welts

Leslie earned her JD with a Certificate in International & Comparative Law from Vermont Law School in 2011 and her LL.M in Environmental Law from McGill University Faculty of Law in 2013. During law school, Leslie was a pro bono legal researcher for the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, a semester-in-practice legal extern for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation Secretariat in Montreal, and a law clerk with a boutique environmental law firm in Santa Barbara, California. Leslie was a student clinician with the Environmental & Natural Resources Law Clinic during Summer 2010, where she learned fundamentals of litigation development and persuasive writing. She worked on three of the Clinic’s Clean Water Act cases representing the Conservation Law Foundation. Leslie assisted with litigation development for an industrial stormwater enforcement case, analyzed monitoring data for a NPDES permittee, and researched administrative law and the EPA Environmental Appeals Board. In addition, Leslie assisted with reviewing public records and drafting portions of the supplementary petition to EPA to withdraw approval of Vermont’s Clean Water Act/NPDES program.