Vermont Law School Names Director of Environmental Law Center

Thursday, August 09, 2018

South Royalton — Vermont Law School has tapped Jennifer Rushlow, a senior attorney with the Conservation Law Foundation, as new director of its Environmental Law Center.

“Vermont Law School’s commitment to shaping tomorrow’s leaders of environmental law is unwavering, and training these leaders is more important now than ever,” Rushlow said in a public announcement released by VLS on Thursday.

Rushlow will replace David Mears, the former commissioner of Vermont’s Department of Environmental Conservation, who in June announced that he was leaving the post to pursue other opportunities.

This summer has marked a major staff restructuring at the school that resulted from a shift away from tenured faculty. VLS President Tom McHenry has said the restructuring and other cost-cutting measures are needed to keep the school vibrant in a time when law schools nationwide are struggling.

Rushlow’s most recent work has focused on agriculture and food policy, though she also has a background in climate law, clean energy, transportation and environmental justice. She was named a Lawyer of the Year by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in 2016, for her work on a climate law case she successfully argued before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

“Jennifer’s background and expertise overlaps so well with Vermont Law School’s core environmental programs and concerns ... and her practical experience is ideal for our students as we expand our focus on experiential learning,” McHenry said.