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Teresa Clemmer, Acting Director

Teresa Clemmer is serving as Acting Director of the Environmental Clinics and Associate Professor of Law. Prior to joining Vermont Law School, Professor Clemmer practiced with Trustees for Alaska, a non-profit environmental law firm, as well as with the Environmental Practice Groups of Perkins Coie LLP in Anchorage, and Cooper, White & Cooper LLP in San Francisco. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the clinic about state and federal environmental laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Air Act, Oil Pollution Act, and their state law counterparts. She also has experience with public lands and natural resource management laws, such as the National Forest Management Act.

Professor Clemmer received her AB in Politics from Princeton University and her JD from Georgetown University Law Center. More...

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Peg Elmer, Associate Director

Peg Elmer has been with Vermont Law School for three years and is now serving as Associate Director of the Land Use Clinic and Assistant Professor of Land Use Planning and Policy. Before joining Vermont Law School, Professor Elmer served as Assistant to the Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources. She worked on Governor Kunin's Commission on Vermont's Future, which led to the reform for state, regional, and local planning codified in 1988 as Act 200. From 1989 until 1993, she was director of the Vermont Natural Resource Council's Land Use Policy Program, engaging in lobbying as well as citizen education and assistance. Professor Elmer joined the Department of Housing and Community Affairs in 1993, becoming director of the Community Planning Program. She is the president of the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and a 1997 associate of the Snelling Center for Government's Leadership Institute

Professor Elmer received her BS and MCP degrees from the University of Rhode Island. More...

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Katherine Garvey, Staff Attorney

Katherine Garvey is a Staff Attorney and Assistant Professor of Law with the Land Use Clinic. From 2003 to 2006, she worked for EPA, Region VII in the National Agricultural Compliance Assistance Center and with the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics. Professor Garvey is also an ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems Certified Lead Auditor. She developed and audited environmental management systems for military and large agricultural operations. From 2006 to 2008, Professor Garvey worked for the City of Lee's Summit, Missouri as the Environmental Coordinator. She helped the City comply with permitting requirements for their airport and landfill. In addition, she helped the City develop a solid waste management plan, stormwater plan, stream buffer ordinance, and a natural resource inventory map. In 2008, Garvey was chosen as Vermont Law's Land Use Fellow for the Land Use Institute. At the Institute, she supervised student work related to land use legislation, developed training materials for local officials, and performed statutory research for the Institute's land use partners.

Professor Garvey received her JD from the University of Missouri in Kansas City in 2004, and LLM from Vermont Law in 2010.

Beth Rodger, Administrative Assistant

In the fall of 2010, Beth Rodger joined the Land Use Clinic as an administrative assistant and will be providing much administrative support. Prior to joining the clinic, Ms. Rodger did human relations and administrative work at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, as well as insurance-related work at the National Life Group.

Ms. Rodger graduated from Woodbury College with a paralegal degree in 2008.