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Spring 2014 Clinicians

Colin Beckman

Colin Beckman

JD Candidate 2014
Colin is a third year JD student at Vermont Law School. He worked as an environmental organizer prior to coming to VLS for its excellent energy law curriculum. He has interned at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and traveled to India for the 2012-13 academic year to study recent developments in India's electricity policy. His article on Indian electricity transmission cost allocation was featured in The Electricity Journal's December 2013 issue. He is a Production Editor on the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. In his spare time, he enjoys playing piano and exploring the back roads of central Vermont.

 

Jon Bulkeley

Jon Bulkeley

JD Candidate 2014
Jon graduated from the University of Delaware in 2010 with a degree in Political Science and a concentration in Public Law. After a short reprieve from undergraduate, Jon enrolled in Vermont Law School where his coursework has focused on land use regulation and development. Jon has interned with the Lowcountry Open Land Trust in Charleston, SC where he assisted in the drafting of conservation easements, interpreted existing easements, and revised stewardship plans for numerous Lowcountry plantations. He also spent a semester with Linowes & Blocher, LLP where his work focused on commercial real estate transactions, brownfields redevelopment and tax incentives issues. Jon's interest in environmental law stems from childhood hunting trips with his father where he learned the true value of the numerous resources the Earth provides.

 

Ellen Burgin

Susan Ellen Burgin

LLM Candidate 2014
Ellen is currently an LLM in Environmental Law candidate. Ellen graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008, majoring in environmental studies and German. In between her undergraduate studies and law school, she worked at a national park and lived in Hamburg, Germany as a Fulbright scholar. She recently graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law with honors in May 2013 and is a member of the North Carolina State Bar. Throughout her law school career, she has completed internships with the National Sea Grant Law Center, U.S. EPA Region 3 Office of Regional Counsel, and the Vermont Attorney General's Office.

 

Emily Burgis

Emily Burgis

JD Candidate 2014
Emily graduated from the University of Georgia in 2011. At UGA, Emily majored in Political Science with a concentration in political theory. After her first year in law school, Emily interned with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Enforcement Section in Honolulu, HI, where she work primarily with fishery laws and regulations. During the internship, Emily participated in an enforcement hearing. Last summer, Emily clerked for the Southern Environmental Law Center in Charleston, SC. There she assisted attorneys enforcing the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, National Historic Preservation Act, as well as the Administrative Procedure Act. Most recently, Emily was a Fellow for Bracewell & Giuliani's Environmental Group. While there, Emily had the opportunity to learn a new perspective on environmental law, while she became more familiar with environmental and administrative laws and regulations. Emily is also a Production Editor for the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law.

 

Alisha Falberg

Alisha Falberg

LLM Candidate 2014
Alisha earned her JD from the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law in May 2013. After deciding her passion was for environmental law, Alisha decided to pursue this practice at Vermont Law School, where she is currently an environmental law LLM candidate. Alisha has also received her MA in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and her BA from the University of Michigan. Alisha’s article, The Living Are Getting Rarer: The Causes and Consequences of the International Trade in White Rhinoceros Horns under the Conventions on International Trade in Endangered Species, was recently published in the Penn State Journal of Law and International Affairs. Alisha is currently working on the Biomass Team for the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School, was articles editor for Penn State’s Journal of Law and International Affairs, was a competitor on Penn State Law’s Environmental Moot Court Team, and was captain of Penn State Law’s National Trial Team. Originally from Michigan, Alisha has a passion for the Great Lakes and water quality issues, as well as a deep love for all animals and wildlife. She recently represented VLS internationally at the United Nations 19th Conference of the Parties on Climate Change in Warsaw, Poland.

 

Jesse Fries

Jesse Fries

JD Candidate 2014

Jesse graduated from the University of Louisville in 2010 with a BA in Political Science. At Louisville, Jesse focused on democracy development in energy producing countries. Jesse also interned with state government working with Kentucky's Legislative Research Commission. At Vermont Law School, Jesse has explored the environmental impacts of sports and in the summer of 2012 worked as a clinician for the ENRLC. This past summer, Jesse interned with the University of Louisville's Athletic Department ensuring athletes and administrators adhered to NCAA rules and regulations. During a fall SiP, Jesse clerked with Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Daniel Venters, crafting opinions on myriad issues. He currently serves as the treasurer of the Men's Rugby Club, a VLS Ambassador, and a 3L senator. When not at work he enjoys roaming the Vermont hills with his dog, a Boxer-Pit Bull mix named Monk (after the jazz pianist Thelonious Monk).

 

Robert Harper

Robert Harper

JD/MELP Candidate 2014
Robert is on track to graduate in May with his JD as well as Masters of Environmental Law & Policy at Vermont Law School. Robert graduated from Albright College in 2010, where he majored in History/Political Science and was a part of the #8 ranked Lions Football Team in 2009-2010. While attending, Robert was awarded the Michael E. Scheffer award for student athlete of the year. Originally from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Robert has worked for several civil litigation firms ranging from Vermont to Florida. He also worked with various conservation districts (including Chester County aka Mushroom Capital of the World), where he helped farmers come into compliance with the laws of Pennsylvania. Recently, Robert worked with the Federal District Court in Trenton, NJ. Robert has a background in the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and most other environmental regulations, including NEPA and CERCLA. You may reach him at bobharper@vermontlaw.edu.

 

Andrew Homan

Andrew Homan

JD Candidate 2014
Before coming to Vermont Law School, Andy taught German and philosophy. He graduated cum laude in German and Humanities from Johns Hopkins University and earned graduate degrees in German literature from Columbia University. In law school, Andy has researched constitutional challenges to GMO labeling, FTC regulation of green marketing claims, and social enterprise law. As a fellow in the Joint Research Project of the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law, he is currently writing about the regulation of aquaculture in China. Pursuing his interest in law for mission-driven organizations, Andy recently interned at Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand. He hopes to practice law for green business start-ups in Burlington, Vermont, were he lives with his two children and plays button accordion in the local folk music scene.

 

Lincoln Lande

Lincoln Landé

JD Candidate 2014
Lincoln is a native Vermonter and third-year JD student at VLS. Prior to coming to VLS, Lincoln attended Skidmore College and graduated with a BA in business and economics, where he focused largely on environmental economics and studied the economic viability of cellulosic ethanol as well as the ideal structure of a proposed U.S. cap-and-trade system. Lincoln chose to come to law school to further his interest in these areas. While at VLS, Lincoln has focused on related land use and energy infrastructure issues through his coursework, as a law clerk in federal and state government, and in a more recent stint in private practice. His work at the Clinic continues to reflect these interests.

 

Nikolai Lash

Nikolai Lash

LLM Candidate 2014
Nikolai Lash received a Liberal Arts degree from St. John's College, graduating first in his class, a JD from Stanford Law School, and is pursuing an LLM in Environmental Law at Vermont Law School. Nikolai clerked for Justice Warren Matthews of the Alaska Supreme Court and was Water and Open Space Program Director for Grand Canyon Trust, where he helped develop regional water conservation programs, open space protection programs, and represented environmental interests in numerous Colorado River programs. Along the way, he also started Midnite Records, a retail music store, played violin in the Kern Philharmonic, composed music for two self-released albums, and was a successful professional blackjack player.

 

Amanda Lyon

Amanda Lyon

LLM Candidate 2014
Amanda received her JD in May of 2013 from Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska before coming to Vermont Law School as an LLM Candidate.  In 2008, she graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Soil Science.  During her time at BYU she worked at Energy Solutions LL.C.'s radioactive waste treatment facility as an intern in environmental compliance and as a soil analyst in the BYU Soil Science laboratory. Upon graduation Amanda moved to Lyman, Wyoming where she worked as a Soil Scientist for the USDA NRCS mapping soils and creating geospatial data for producers and land owners.  Since coming to Vermont she has worked for the Conservation Law Foundation and joined the Law Schools Rugby team.

 

Emily Lyons

Emily Lyons

JD Candidate 2014
Emily is a third-year JD student at VLS. Originally from a small dairy farm in Northern Illinois, she graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a BS in Animal Sciences and a minor in Environmental Economics and Law. Emily's passion for agriculture drove her to attend law school where she focuses on the interplay between environmental law and agricultural operations. While at VLS, Emily is a member of the National Moot Court Team and a Headnote Editor for the Vermont Law Review.

 

Justine Miller

Justine Miller

JD Candidate 2014
Justine spent a majority of her youth at the base of the Wasatch Range in the Rocky Mountain region of northeastern Utah.  In 2010 she graduated from Northern Arizona University with a BS in Environmental Studies.  She recently spent a semester working at EPA Headquarters in Washington, DC.  While there she worked on numerous audit/self-disclosure cases with the Special Litigation and Projects Division of the Civil Enforcement Office.  Prior to that position she served as a summer intern with Jorden, Bischoff & Hiser in Scottsdale, Arizona.  While there she worked with issues related to operating permits under the Clean Air Act.  Justine focuses on enforcement and compliance requirements under multiple environmental statutes for manufacturing industries.  Shortly after graduating in May 2014, Justine plans to move back west and take the Arizona bar.

 

Jonah Richmond

Jonah Richmond

JD Candidate 2014
Jonah has a BS in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland, with a concentration in Policy and Politics. Before embarking on his Vermont Law School adventure, Jonah worked at the EPA on the Regulatory Coordination Staff in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.  During his law school career, he worked as a law clerk in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Department of Justice. When not working in the Clinic, Jonah enjoys leading Lawcappella, Vermont Law School's only a cappella group, and playing banjo in his green mountain home.

 

Michelle Sarro

Michelle Sarro

JD/MELP Candidate 2014
Michelle is originally from the Hudson Valley region of New York. She graduated magna cum laude from New York University (NYU) in 2010. As a Presidential Honors Scholar, Michelle majored in Environmental Studies and minored in Economic Policy. While attending NYU, she interned with the Lower East Side Ecology Center in Manhattan, where she conducted public outreach and designed and taught an interactive afterschool program on sustainable food. Recently, Michelle worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 Office of Regional Counsel. As a law clerk, she assisted attorneys in the enforcement of Clean Water Act violations. Michelle is currently an editor for the Vermont Law Review. She is interested in water and food law.

 

Elizabeth Tisher

Elizabeth Tisher

JD Candidate 2014
A Chicago native, Lizzie holds a BA in Art History from Michigan State University and an M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont. Prior to law school, Lizzie worked as an architectural historian at the College of William & Mary Center for Archaeological Research; historian and teaching & research assistant with the University of Vermont Landscape Change Program; and historic preservation consultant in Ohio. At Vermont Law School, Lizzie has focused on land use regulation, specifically in the context of rural and urban revitalization. She currently serves as Head Notes Editor for Vermont Law Review, is a member of the National Environmental Law Moot Court Team, and works as a research associate for the Land Use Institute. Lizzie's student note, Re-Stitching the Urban Fabric: Municipal-Driven Rehabilitation of Vacant and Abandoned Buildings in Ohio's Rust Belt, was recently published in the Fall 2013 issue of the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, and her case comment, Land Use Regulation After Koontz: Will We "Rue" the Court's Decision?, is pending publication in the Spring 2014 issue of Vermont Law Review. In August, Lizzie will begin work as a judicial clerk with Justice Dooley at the Vermont Supreme Court. In her free time, Lizzie enjoys traveling around to historic towns with her husband.

 

 



Fall 2013 Clinicians

Doug Dagan

Mathew Douglas Dagan

JD 2013, MELP Candidate/Certificate in Energy Law December 2013
Doug holds a BA in Chemistry and Environmental Studies from Middlebury College. At Middlebury, Doug performed research in analytical chemistry examining greenhouse gas concentrations in the troposphere resulting from building construction. Following college, Doug worked at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. In 2013, he earned a JD and Certification in Climate Law from Vermont Law School and a Masters in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. In 2011, Doug attended the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as a delegate from the Maldives. Taking part in those negotiations and working with the permanent missions to the UN from Papua New Guinea and Palau gave him a firsthand look at how the international community is failing small island nations and those countries most vulnerable to climate change. Doug specializes in climate change law and negotiation.

 

Brett Dugan

Brett Dugan

JD Candidate 2014
Brett graduated summa cum laude from Green Mountain College in 2009. At Green Mountain, Brett majored in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Human Sciences and Policy, while immersed in the unique Environmental Liberal Arts program. After graduation, Brett worked as an environmental compliance analyst for Electric Boat Corporation in Groton, Connecticut. Electric Boat operates one of the largest shipyards in the east coast where it constructs nuclear submarines for the United States Navy. While with Electric Boat, Brett was responsible for ensuring the company complied with Clean Air Act requirements. During the summer of 2012, Brett returned to Electric Boat to advise environmental engineers on Clean Air Act compliance. Most recently, Brett interned with the Office of Environmental Stewardship at the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1. There Brett assisted attorneys enforcing the Clean Water Act and the Toxic Substances Control Act. Brett is also the Senior Managing Editor of the Vermont Law Review. When not working in the Clinic, Brett enjoys sailing the Narragansett Bay and hiking the Green and White Mountains.

 

Ashley Geary

Ashley Geary

LLM Candidate 2014
Ashley graduated in 2010 from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a major in Political Science and Anthropology and a minor in Pre-Law. While in Colorado she interned with the Probation Department at El Paso County Courthouse and the District Attorney's Office. From there, she was accepted to Florida Coastal School of Law where she graduated in 2013 with a JD, cum laude, with a certificate in Environmental Law and Pro Bono Honors. Ashley has interned with a wide array of organizations and firms with a focus on the environment and pro bono work. These have included; the Office of the Public Defenders, the Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute of Florida, the Equal Justice Alliance, McGuire Woods, the Public Interest Research Bureau, and Federal Court for the Middle District of Florida. During her time at Florida Coastal, Ashley also served as a research assistant to Professor Andrew Long working on various issues involving International Environmental law, and was able to write an article for the ABA Endangered Species Newsletter discussing the implications of Australia's case in the ICJ against Japan for whaling treaty violations. Ashley is currently pursuing her LLM in Environmental Law and hopes to work on International Environmental policy, specifically working towards more comprehensive rights for animals and the environment on a global scale.

 

Jacqueline Goodrum

Jacqueline Goodrum

JD/MELP Candidate 2014
Jacqueline is a northern Virginia native. She graduated from the University of Virginia (UVA) in 2007 with undergraduate degrees in Environmental Thought & Practice and Foreign Affairs. At UVA, Jacqueline coxed for the women's rowing team, coordinated student outreach for the UVA Recycling Office, and launched a local food guide with the Piedmont Environmental Council. Prior to law school, Jacqueline lived in the United Kingdom for four years. During this time, she worked for the University of Cambridge Environment Office, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the Environmental Law Foundation in London. Jacqueline chose to come to law school to pursue a career in environmental litigation. At Vermont Law School, Jacqueline is on the Pace Environmental Moot Court Team, serves as the Senior Articles Editor for the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, and is a Research Associate with the Water and Justice Program. Recently, Jacqueline interned as a Summer Law Clerk for the United States Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division's Environmental Enforcement Section.

 

 

Kasia Grzadziel

JD Candidate 2014
Kasia graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BA in Political Science focusing on International Relations and Human Rights with a minor in History. In 2007 she spent the summer at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland participating in the advanced level intensive language program. As an undergraduate student she was a staff member of the University of Connecticut Model United Nations and the National High School Model United Nations. Currently, Kasia is a third-year law student at VLS concentrating on water law and public health. In the past she worked as a legal intern for the Connecticut Fund for the Environment / Save the Sound and as a law clerk for the Environmental Crimes Unit of the Maryland Office of the Attorney General.

 

Emma Hempstead

Emma Hempstead

JD Candidate 2014
Emma Hempstead is a 2014 JD Candidate who emphasizes food systems and agriculture in her study of the law. She works this interest into all her pursuits in the Vermont Law School community—as the head of the Food & Agricultural Law Society, RA for the Center for Agriculture & Food Systems, Fellow for the China Program and Senator for the Student Bar Association. Favorite subjects include Food Labeling, Land Use, and Comparative Environmental Law. Previously, in Boulder Colorado, she cooked, grew, and ate a lot of food while studying Sociology at CU Boulder, working at a culinary school, volunteering at a farm for three growing seasons and as a founding member of Slow Food CU. She has lived abroad about half her life and loves exploring Vermont with her dog.

 

Samantha Mashler

Samantha Mashler

LLM Candidate 2014
Samantha has returned to the ENRLC for a second semester as an LLM student in Environmental Law.  During her first semester at the clinic as a JD student, Samantha assisted with litigation brought under the Clean Water Act's citizen suit provision against polluters discharging contaminated stormwater into the Mystic River. Previously, she had clerked for the Water Division of the Office of Regional Counsel at EPA Region 3. After spending a year working to develop a small, permaculture-based mushroom and vegetable farm with her husband, Samantha has returned to her roots and continues to work on Clean Water Act matters in the clinic.  She is also working on a case to help neighbors of a gun club address lead contamination, and is conducting research in an energy-related matter that builds upon her expertise as an alum of the Energy Law program at VLS. After completing her LLM, Samantha hopes to practice environmental and energy law in the Philadelphia area.

 

Eric Mortensen-Nemore

Eric Mortensen-Nemore

JD Candidate 2014
Eric is a third-year JD student at Vermont Law School. Eric originally hails from New Jersey, but has spent the last seven years in the Green Mountain State. He graduated in 2010 from the University of Vermont with a BA in History and Political Science. This past summer he worked for Conservation Law Foundation as a legal intern in their Portland, Maine office working on cases involving dam removal, fisheries management, and renewable energy. During his 1L summer, he worked as a legal intern for South Jersey Legal Services, a legal aid clinic devoted to helping low-income clients, near his home along the coast of southern New Jersey. Eric enjoys surfing and also teaches snowboarding during the winter months in his free time. He is an Articles Editor for the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law and serves as the Vice-President of the VLS Outdoors Club and Treasurer of the VLS Soccer Team. Eric is interested in marine and coastal law as well as issues dealing with environmental justice.

 

Jamie Myers

Jamie Myers

JD/MELP Candidate 2014
This is Jamie's second semester in the clinic. She is a third-year JD and Master of Environmental Law and Policy student at VLS. Originally from the Sandhills region of Nebraska, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a BA in Sociology. Prior to coming to VLS, Jamie worked as a Research Assistant for a USDA geneticist preparing an OECD consensus document for transgenic sorghum. While at VLS, Jamie has primarily focused on water and agricultural law issues. She is currently serving as a Dean's Fellow legal writing student instructor and Vermont Law Review's Senior Notes Editor.

 

James Packman

James Packman

JD Candidate 2014
Originally hailing from Youngstown, Ohio, James M. Packman left the Rust Belt upon High School graduation to seek greener pastures. As an undergrad at The Ohio State University, James interned with the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, and it was fighting big coal that sparked his interest in the protection of the environment. James was a double-major, graduating from OSU with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Geography with a focus in People, Society, and the Environment. As a third year Juris Doctor Candidate, James is currently the President of the Vermont Law School Basketball Cooperative, an active Student Ambassador, and SBA Vice-President of Student Affairs and Operations. Academically, he is pursuing a certificate in Dispute Resolution, while also maintaining a focus on environmental law. In his spare time, one can find James cheering on his beloved Buckeyes and hitting the links.

 

Emily Remmel

Emily Remmel

JD Candidate 2014
Emily is a native of Oklahoma. Her admiration to protect and understand animals and the natural environment began early. This internal fire led her to graduate with both a BS and MS in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma, where she focused on aquatic ecology. Specifically, she researched Daphniid zooplankton life history and behavioral effects during toxic golden algal blooms. When not in the laboratory, she could always be found kicking over stones in streams, seining for native fish, taking water samples, and collecting zooplankton to keep as pet friends. She quickly realized her favorite ecological habitats, freshwater streams and rivers, were in serious trouble. She ventured east to Vermont Law School where she is focusing on water law and policy. She serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law and is a current fellow with the Water and Justice Research Program. She is pursuing her dream to solve the freshwater demand crisis while protecting and preserving aquatic ecosystems.

 

Laura Schieb

Laura Schieb

JD Candidate 2014
Laura is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. She earned a master's degree in Educational Studies and a BA in political science from the University of Michigan, and a master's degree in International Policy Studies from Monterey Institute of International Studies, focusing on nonproliferation and arms control, specifically in the Middle East. Since Laura has been at VLS, her interests have evolved to include renewable energy and climate change. While at VLS, she has contributed to the Middle East Environmental Law project, participated in the Board Fellows Program, and interned at the South Royalton Legal Clinic. During summer 2013, she served as a summer associate at Clean Energy Coalition in Ann Arbor, where she worked on a statewide initiative to reduce obstacles associated with solar installations in communities and a solar aggregation initiative designed to offer a discounted bulk purchase price for solar installation to customers.

 

Carey Smith

Carey Smith

JD/MELP Candidate 2014
Carey graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2011 with a degree in Environmental Science, focused on fresh water studies.  Aspiring to further his understanding of natural resources and the legal regimes that control them Carey decided to attend the nation's premiere environmental law education center: Vermont Law School.  Currently a 3L, and Master of Environmental Law and Policy student, Carey is well on his way to a fruitful career in the natural resource/outdoor recreation field.  While at Vermont Law School Carey helped to develop an existing outdoors club into a thriving organization by cultivating a "Gear Shed" which makes more than 300 pieces of outdoor gear available to students, faculty, and staff free of charge.

 

Caitlin Stanton

Caitlin Stanton

JD Candidate 2014
Caitlin is a third-year law student at Vermont Law School where she is Articles Editor on the Vermont Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Advisory Board. A second generation VLS student, Caitlin grew up in the Upper Valley and attended Burke Mountain Academy in Northern Vermont. She has a BA from Brown University and a Masters in Public Health Policy from the University of Edinburgh, and is interested in the health consequences of exposure to toxins, specifically, environmental policies that impact public health.

 


Summer 2013 Clinicians

 

Matt Accardi

JD Candidate 2015
Matt earned a BS in Environmental Sciences from SUNY Maritime College. Following graduation, he worked as a project manager for an environmental consulting firm in New Jersey.  While working, Matt attended night school at CUNY College of Staten Island earning an MS in Environmental Sciences.  At VLS, he began the Arctic Conservation Group and chairs the school's Environmental Law Society.  In addition, Matt works as a volunteer tax preparer for the Central Vermont Community Action Council's VITA program.

 

Taylor Curtis

Taylor L. Curtis

JD Candidate/Energy Certificate 2015
Taylor graduated summa cum laude from Davis and Elkins College with a double major in Political Science and History and a minor in Psychology. During this time she worked on Clean Water Act implementation by helping to enact legislation that strengthened the tier regulations for water bodies in West Virginia.  As a Washington Center Fellow she worked for a nonpartisan lobbying firm, gaining knowledge about the intricacies of the legislative process.  After graduation Taylor started a proposal management company, where she provided technical assistance to companies applying for state and federal government contracts. In 2012, she graduated cum laude from Vermont Law School with a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy. Most recently, Taylor interned with Focus the Nation, where she researched and helped compose The Watt? An Energy 101 Primer, an interactive user's guide to combat energy illiteracy. Taylor is also a Research Associate at the Institute for Energy and the Environment, and plans to use her degree to advocate for sustainable and ethical energy initiatives necessary to mitigate climate change and minimize social justice concerns.

 

Kate Hambley

Kate Hambley

JD Candidate 2015
Kate is a rising second-year JD student at VLS. Kate hails from the Casco Bay region in Maine and earned her BA in Economics from Oberlin College in 2010.  During and after college, Kate was a sea kayak instructor at an outdoor education non-profit in Maine, an intern with an affordable housing non-profit that builds straw bale homes for low-income families in Utah, and a crew member at an environmental auditing and construction company in Philadelphia. Kate is a member of the executive board of the Food and Agricultural Law Society at VLS, and is interested in real estate economics, land use, and affordable and sustainable housing issues.

 

 

David Keagle

JD Candidate 2015
Dave studied American Literature and Philosophy at Slippery Rock University.  His work focused on Kantian aesthetics and American Indian notions of space and time.  Prior to attending VLS, Dave was involved in production of documentaries on the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.  Dave came to Vermont Law School to focus on issues of land use and natural resource extraction.  In his free time, Dave practices martial arts and hikes in the backcountry.

 

 

Qian Meng

JD Candidate 2015
Qian is originally from China, where she graduated from Renmin University of China with a BS in Environmental Science. Prior to coming to VLS, Qian graduated from Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with an MEM degree in Environmental Management and Policy. At Yale, Qian worked in the Environmental Protection Clinic as a coursework consultant, participating in the Environmental Defense Fund's petition for addressing climate change under the Clean Air Act. During the summer of 2009, Qian worked at the Corporate Environmental Programs of General Electric as an intern.  At VLS, Qian's areas of interest include air pollution, water pollution, land use, corporate environmental governance, and comparative study of the environmental laws in China and the United States.

 

Ken Noga

Ken Noga

JD Candidate 2015
Ken graduated magna cum laude from Juniata College, earning a BA in Philosophy and Art History with distinction in both fields of study. Following graduation, he spent time teaching science in after-school programs across northern New Jersey. Ken is a rising 2L and currently serves as the Treasurer of the VLS Hockey Team and Vice President of the VLS Philosophy Club.  When not studying the law, he enjoys mountain biking, fly fishing, and attempting to not be terrible at hockey.

 

Mark Rose

Mark Rose

JD Candidate 2015
Mark is a rising 2L who received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas in 2010, where he studied Cultural Anthropology. Prior to coming to VLS he interned for a general practice attorney in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas. He is currently volunteering for the White River Partnership taking water samples to help insure the health of Vermont's beloved White River.

 

 

Cynthia Sirois

JD Candidate 2015
Cynthia graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2011 with a BS in Environmental Science focusing on Environmental Biology and Geographic Information Systems. During this time, she worked with the New York State Department of Conservation on water quality and riparian zone analysis. Cynthia plans to focus on environmental and international law issues while at VLS. Since moving to Vermont, she has enjoyed the mountains (particularly those with ski trails) and hopes to take advantage of several other outdoor activities during her time here.

 

Ligia Smith

Ligia Smith

JD Candidate 2015
Ligia graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island with a BA in Political Science.  She taught English in South Korea for one year and upon her return to the United States worked for the General Treasurer of Rhode Island.  At the General Treasurer's office she became interested in sustainable urban development and policy initiatives focused towards retrofitting government buildings to be energy efficient.  She will earn her JD degree from VLS in May 2015 and is excited to be working at the ENRLC this summer.

 

Taylor Smurthwaite

Taylor Smurthwaite

JD Candidate 2015
Taylor hails from the Great State of Texas and is currently a second-year student at VLS. Taylor graduated from Texas Christian University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Liberal Arts. While at TCU, Taylor was involved with the Women's Intercollegiate Volleyball team, reaching the NCAA tournament in 2009. He was also active with Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership, serving as the Director of Programming in 2011 and 2012. At VLS, Taylor enjoys hiking, safe harbors from the sun, and the laid-back lifestyle. Vermont makes the fifth state in which Taylor has resided (Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Idaho).

 

Alison Stokes

Alison Stokes

JD Candidate 2014
Alison is originally from the Great State of Texas but has spent the past 7 years exploring the snowier regions of America. She graduated from Colgate University with a BA in Environmental Geography and Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies. During that time, she spent a semester in Australia studying land use and also travelled through Turkey reading Islamic poetry. Alison is currently entering into her third year at Vermont Law School where she focuses on energy and water law. She is actively involved with the Vermont Energy Collaborative, Latin American Law Student Association, and Thursday Night Trivia (Fall 2012 Champion). Her passion for social justice has always drawn her to the world of non-profits. In the past she has worked for the CLEAN AIR Force of Central Texas, providing education on ground level ozone, and for Vermont Public Interest Research Group as an intern, analyzing state and federal health care policy.

 

Allen Tate

JD Candidate 2015
Allen graduated from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee with a BS in Natural Resources in 2009.  He moved to the Upper Valley in the fall of 2009 to intern with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Grafton County, New Hampshire.  In the fall of 2010 Allen began an MS degree in Conservation Biology from Antioch University of New England.  While at Antioch he studied forestry, wildlife conservation, and wetlands ecology.  Allen conducted his MS research on oyster reef restoration and ecosystem services with the Mississippi Chapter of the Nature Conservancy on the Gulf Coast.  After graduating from Antioch in 2012, Allen decided to pursue environmental law to unite current scientific research with legal policy.  Allen is a passionate outdoorsman who enjoys exploring the woods, cliffs, and waters of New England.

 

Rune Vander Wey

JD Candidate 2015
Rune is the third generation Montana native. He graduated with honors from Montana State University - Bozeman with a BA in Political Science. Rune has his Master's in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. He is currently a second year JD student. Before starting the JD program, Rune administered the Historic Preservation Grant at the Montana Department of Commerce and in the Montana Governor's Office as a legislative aide. During holiday breaks from VLS, Rune is an eight-year veteran disc jockey that specializes in indie rock.

 



Spring 2013 Clinicians

Juliette Balette

Juliette Balette

JD/MELP Candidate 2013
Juliette earned a BA with distinction in Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law from the University of Virginia. Following graduation, she worked in a tort litigation firm in Houston, Texas. At VLS, she is Senior Notes Editor for the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law and is teaching Legal Writing I as a Dean's Fellow. In addition, Juliette works with Building A Local Economy (BALE), a community resource center for local economy initiatives in the White River Valley. She was a legal intern for the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources this past summer.  This is Juliette's second semester in the clinic.

 

Mitty Barnard

Mitty Barnard

JD Candidate 2013
Mitty graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a BA in Environmental Science (Policy focus).  She earned her MS in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from Ball State University, where she conducted her thesis research on the relationship between Escherichia coli concentrations and the densities of confined animal feeding operations, private septic systems, and combined sewer overflows in the Upper White River in Indiana.  After graduate school, Mitty worked as an environmental project manager at private engineering firms in South Florida.  Her primary responsibilities included conducting complex soil and groundwater contamination assessment and remediation projects.  As part of her duties, Mitty coordinated with environmental attorneys and state and local regulatory agencies to ensure environmental compliance.  At Vermont Law School, Mitty has been an active participant in the Library Faculty Research Assistant Program.  In addition to working as a research assistant, she interned with the White River Partnership this past spring and the Vermont Public Interest Research Group this past summer.  This is Mitty's second semester in the clinic.

 

Jillian Bernstein

Jillian Bernstein

JD/MELP Candidate 2013
Jill graduated from SUNY Binghamton in 2010 earning a BA in Environmental Studies with a concentration in law and policy. She will earn her JD and MELP degrees in May 2013 (fingers crossed). While at VLS, Jill has served as an SBA senator, a volunteer at Sharon Elementary School, and has been an active member of the school's a cappella group. She currently serves as the Activities Chair for the Moot Court Advisory Board. This past summer she interned at an environmental health and safety consulting firm in D.C., where she researched and wrote memoranda on how environmental laws impact the non-legal world. She is stoked to be working at the ENRLC this semester.  This is Jillian's second semester in the clinic.

 

Cameron Field

Cameron Field

JD/MELP Candidate 2013
Cameron Field graduated from St. Olaf College cum laude and is currently a third year joint degree student at Vermont Law School. Last fall he worked on special litigation projects as a law clerk for the U.S. Department of Justice Environmental Enforcement Section. The summer prior, he was a law clerk with Earthjustice in Seattle, where he assisted in a successful petition to deny a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court in Wyoming v. Dep't of Agric., 133 S.Ct. 417 (2012). Cameron also serves as an associate articles editor for the Vermont Law Review, and has co-authored an article on Food Safety & China in the Georgetown International and Environmental Law Review. At law school, he enjoys canoeing Vermont's rivers, skiing its mountains, and dining in its general stores.

 

Alex Funk

Alexander Funk

JD/MELP Candidate 2013
Alex Funk is a Virginia native who is currently in his final semester at Vermont Law School. He graduated cum laude from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, where he studied environmental policy and urban planning. During his time at Virginia Tech, he helped implement the university's football game recycling program and established the Green Request for Proposal Program, which has approved 12 student proposals for sustainability projects totaling more than $63,000 since its inception. At Vermont Law School, Alex has been very active in the school's experiential programs, and has worked at the Department of the Interior, American Rivers, and the Vermont Attorney General's Office. An avid hiker and budding mountaineer, Alex is currently attempting to reach the high point of each state and eventually a few of the Seven Summits. Alex's current state total is 18 and he plans to add Utah, Idaho, and South Dakota this summer.

 

Emily Gale

Emily Gale

JD Candidate 2013
Emily graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 2010 earning a BA in Philosophy as well a minor in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies.  At Vermont Law School, she is actively involved with Phi Alpha Delta, the VLS Women's Rugby Team, and was a VLS Co-Captain of UVA Law School's 2012 North Grounds Charity Softball Invitational.  Most recently, Emily served as a legal intern with the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division in the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section, where she worked on issues surrounding discrimination in federally conducted and assisted programs and activities, including matters involving environmental justice.  Emily is an avid supporter of all Philadelphia sports teams—and is confident the Eagles will make it to the Super Bowl... next year.

 

Priya Gandbhir

LLM Candidate 2013
Priya received her JD from Vermont Law School in 2012 and is currently pursuing an LLM in Environmental Law.  As an intern at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities she gained a great deal of insight into the administrative process and utility regulation; she also had the opportunity to have an up-close look at exciting and controversial proceedings, such as Cape Wind.  A graduate of Wellesley College, Priya is also interested in issues affecting women and is an active member of the Women's Law Group at VLS.  Priya studied Indian Classical Dance for over 20 years, and when she was 18, she earned a black belt in martial arts; somewhat relatedly, her ringtone is "Kung-Fu Fighting."

 

Nat Green

Nathaniel Green

JD/MELP Candidate 2013
Nat holds a BA in history from the College of William & Mary and an MA in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley, with a concentration in modern Chinese history.  His interest in environmental law and public advocacy stems from long experience living and working in China, first as a graduate student and researcher, and later as a journalist.  In particular, his work with Beijing's urban migrant population introduced him to a community where environmental and associated public health issues constituted real and very immediate daily worries.  Having become fascinated by the techniques used by the state and communities to address such issues, Nat's transition to environmental law made for an easy choice.

 

Zach Mauldin

Zachary Mauldin

JD Candidate 2013
Zach earned a BS in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma before moving to Vermont to attend VLS.  During his first summer of law school, he interned with the Division of Migratory birds at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in Arlington, VA.  The following summer he served as the intern to Justice Dooley at the Supreme Court of Vermont where he wrote bench memoranda and helped draft judicial opinions.  His spring semester of third year was spent working at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' Bureau of Legal Services.  He is currently continuing his work in natural resources law as a student clinician at the ENRLC.

 

Jamie Myers

Jamie Myers

JD/MELP Candidate 2014
Jamie is a second-year JD and Master of Environmental Law and Policy student at VLS.  Originally from the Sandhills region of Nebraska, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a BA in Sociology.  Prior to coming to VLS, Jamie worked as a Research Assistant for a USDA geneticist preparing an OECD consensus document for transgenic sorghum.  While at VLS, Jamie has primarily focused on water and agricultural law issues.  She is serving as VLS's Environmental Law Librarian's Research Assistant and Vermont Law Review's Senior Notes Editor.  You may reach her at jamiemyers@vermontlaw.edu.

 

Mary Olive

Mary Olive

JD/MELP Candidate 2013
Mary graduated cum laude from Bowling Green State University in 2010 with a BS in Environmental Science and a focus in Restoration Ecology. During this time she created a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory for the University, as one of the project coordinators. At Vermont Law School, Mary is actively involved in the Women's Law Group, serving on the Executive Board, and has worked as a contributing writer for the National Sea Grant Law Center's publication, The SandBar. This past summer, she interned with San Diego Coastkeeper, where she worked on Clean Water Act and wastewater treatment plant issues. While at Coastkeeper, Mary also coordinated with the City's Storm Water Division to address enforcement and environmental protection in the La Jolla Shores Area of Special Biological Significance.  This is Mary's second semester in the clinic.

 

Jeannie Oliver

Jeannie Oliver

LLM Candidate 2013
Jeannie graduated from the University of Auckland (New Zealand) with a joint Bachelor of Laws (honors) and Bachelor of Arts degree in 2004, and is currently completing an LLM in Environmental Law at Vermont Law School.  After graduating from the University of Auckland, Jeannie served as a judge's clerk at the New Zealand Court of Appeal; as legal counsel for the New Zealand Commerce Commission (New Zealand's anti-trust agency) focusing on cartel investigations and prosecutions; and, most recently, as a solicitor at a boutique corporate law firm in Auckland, advising clients on a range of corporate and commercial matters. Jeannie is passionate about the outdoors and hopes to use her legal expertise to help preserve the natural environment for future enjoyment.

 

Jennifer Rashel

Jennifer Rashel

JD Candidate 2013
Jennifer Rashel graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. After graduation, Jennifer moved to Seoul, South Korea for a year, where she taught English as a second language. Her time in South Korea influenced her decision to study environmental law Vermont Law School, as her time abroad exposed her to the increasing importance of international environmental regulation. Prior to joining the ENRLC, Jennifer spent last semester as a full-time student intern at the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office prosecuting both felony and misdemeanor offenses, as well as developing overall trial and litigation skills. In addition, Jennifer spent a summer at the Wisconsin Department of Justice Environmental Protection Unit enforcing state environmental regulations concerning air pollution, solid waste, and natural resource protection.  She has also worked for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Milwaukee.

 

Richard Sala

Richard Sala

JD/MELP Candidate 2013
Captain Richard Sala is a native of Queens, NY. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant after serving ten years as an enlisted Marine, including time as a Non-Commissioned and Staff Non-Commissioned Officer. He received his commission in the United States Marine Corps through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. After completing a tour as a platoon commander and subsequently serving as a Company SalaExecutive Officer with First Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion he was selected to become a Judge Advocate. Captain Sala has completed tours with Ground Defense/Security Force, Guantanamo Bay, 6th Marine Regiment and 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. Captain Sala's operational experience includes deployments as part of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, the Kosovo Strategic Force and operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon graduation from Vermont Law School he will attend the Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island.

 

Rachel Stevens

Rachel Stevens

JD/MELP Candidate 2013
Rachel Stevens hails from Atlanta, GA and is currently a third-year student. Rachel graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia, where she studied English, History, and Spanish and enjoyed playing and listening to jazz. Most notably, she worked with the Odum School of Ecology to establish a football game-day recycling program and helped organize the area's first EcoFocus Film Festival, screening films that promote discussion and inspire audiences into action on behalf of the environment. She spent the summer of 2011 hiking in Montana and taking courses in ecology, sustainable development, and transportation equity for her Master of Environmental Law and Policy, and began serving as a Messenger for the Jeneba Project, a non-profit committed to contributing to targeted educational projects in West Africa. This past summer, Rachel worked as a Law Clerk at Stack & Associates P.C., a boutique environmental law and land use law firm in Atlanta. In addition to her work as a full-time Student Clinician, Rachel serves as a Vermont Law School Student Ambassador and as the Managing Editor of the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law.  This is Rachel's second semester in the clinic.

 

Ariel Solaski

Ariel Solaski

JD Candidate 2014
Ariel Solaski graduated from New York University in 2006 with an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies. For the next four years, Ariel worked for a textbook publishing company in New York City as an online Marketing Manager. She commuted by bicycle and became a member of Transportation Alternatives, a transportation advocacy group focused on creating a more walkable, bikable, and pedestrian-friendly city. Last summer, Ariel worked as a legal intern at the National Wildlife Federation in Montpelier, Vermont. Ariel is currently a Staff Editor and Symposium Editor for the Vermont Law Review. This summer she will be a law clerk at the Environmental Integrity Project in Washington, D.C.

 

Students Spring 2013