Land Use Institute
Student Research Team
Alice Baker is a Vermont Law School JD/MELP candidate committed to environmental protection. She graduated from Bard College in 2004 where she wrote her senior project as an exploration of the ideas of influential nature writers of American history. After college, Alice worked in the Urban Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York City. Before law school began, she interned at the Hudson Riverkeeper specifically focusing on incidents of combined sewer overflows in NYC and brownfields redevelopment along the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn.
Addison Barnhardt received a BS in Human & Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University in 2006. After graduation, Addison worked as a summer intern at a real estate law firm in his hometown of Charlottesville, VA. He then moved to Los Angeles, CA for two years. During his time in Los Angeles, Addison worked for Jeld-Wen, an international windows and doors corporation, and he worked part-time as a law clerk for a business litigation firm. Addison also took land use and environmental studies courses at Santa Monica College and UCLA Extension in preparation for his J.D. and M.E.L.P. at Vermont Law School.
Mary Beth Blauser
Mary Beth Blauser is a 2011 JD candidate at Vermont Law School. She received her BBA in marketing and business pre-law from Ohio University in 2008. Her interest in land use, agriculture, environmental, and property law stems from her childhood. Mary Beth grew up on her family dairy farm in Ohio and was instrumental in its daily operations. She has seen first-hand the harmful effects of urban sprawl and residential zoning on small family farms. For the upcoming summer, Mary Beth will be working in the Franklin County Environmental Court, which is located in Columbus Ohio, as a judicial intern.
Adam Dumville is pursuing his JD at Vermont Law School. He received his BA in political science and business from Providence College in Rhode Island. As an undergraduate at PC, Adam worked at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management where he helped develop a report on the history of brownfields in RI. He also helped create a marketing campaign to assist RI residents curb the effects of climate change. Prior to coming to VLS, Adam worked at Travelers Insurance where he worked in the environmental claims department.
Alison Floyd comes to Vermont Law School with a keen interest in environmental law, particularly land use issues. She received her BS in marine science from the University of South Carolina and her MS in environmental science from the College of Charleston. Prior to arriving in Vermont, Alison worked with the Coastal Conservation League in South Carolina, where she focused primarily on preventing the enactment of regulatory takings legislation. She is excited about the opportunity to help shape land use policy decisions in Vermont, her new favorite state.
Tara Franey received a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State Engineering in Biosystems Engineering, and is interested in the equitable and sustainable use of water and land resources. As an undergraduate, she interned in horticulture, wildlife toxicology, biosensor research, and with the division of Water and Air Quality in Lexington, Kentucky, her hometown. Additionally, for her senior capstone engineering project, she investigated the applicability of an urban stormwater Baffle Box for use in treating agricultural runoff. She recently represented Michigan State in the College Jeopardy! tournament, but has since given up her dream of riding the TV trivia circuit to be a sedate 2011 JD candidate at Vermont Law School.
Quincy Hansell is a second-year JD student at Vermont Law School with a keen interest in land use, environmental, and property law. She received her BS in environmental science from Humboldt State University. After graduating, she worked in the Environmental Department at the New York State Department of Transportation, doing field surveys and tracking environmental permits. Most recently, she interned with the California Coastal Commission in the legal division. Quincy hopes to learn more about ways she can influence policy decisions to encourage conservation of land and natural resources.
Don Hayes received a BS in political science, cum laude, from Temple University in 1993 and an MS in community and regional planning from Temple University's Center for Sustainable Communities in 2008. Prior to his matriculation at Vermont Law School, Don served as vice-president of marketing for precision instrument manufacturing company in Philadelphia, Penn. Outside of law school, Don is very active as a volunteer ski instructor with the Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports and Vermont Adaptive Sports Center.
Todd Heine is a J.D. candidate at VLS pursuing a joint-LL.M. in European Union and French Law from Universite de Cergy-Pontoise. Todd has had wide-ranging work experiences, most notably developing programs for youth and families from the Ida B. Wells Homes Housing Projects on the South Side of Chicago. Todd is currently on a temporary leave of absence from his M.Ed. program in Counselor Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. He holds a Certificate in Strategies in Nonprofit Management from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Modern Foreign Languages from Longwood University. Current non-LUI research interests include Comparative Constitutional Law and International Family Law. In his spare time, Todd jogs very slowly, plays the fiddle, grapples, travels, and learns about life from his three-year-old niece.
Mr. Hladik earned his BS in environmental economics and natural resources from the University of Nebraska in 2007. He spent time working in legal research prior to law school, as well as acting as a research assistant for the US Geological Survey at the Nebraska Water Science Center. Johnathan is pursuing both his JD and MS in Environmental Law while remaining active in campus groups and volunteer activities. Now in his third year at VLS, he is a member of both the Institute for Energy and the Environment and the Land Use Institute, bringing to us a focus on land management and sustainable agricultural practices. Johnathan is currently the assistant zoning administrator for the town of Chelsea and a summer intern at the environmental law and policy center in Chicago.
Siobhan McIntyre is a second-year J.D. student at Vermont Law School. Originally from Massachusetts, Siobhan received a B.A. in English from Grinnell College in 2006. She has worked for the National Park Service in both Yellowstone and Zion National Parks, where she developed a passion for open spaces and a driving interest in public land use. Most recently, she spent time working as the public communication and information assistant for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Patrick Munson is pursuing his JD and MELP at Vermont Law School. He received his BA in politics, magna cum laude, from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA., in 2005. Originally from Memphis, Patrick fled West after college and spent the next two years exploring the mountains and rivers of Montana and Oregon with his trusty hound, Carlo. In Oregon, he worked for the Oregon Natural Desert Association inventorying public lands throughout the state, mapping and evaluating BLM lands for possible roadless designation under the Wilderness Act. While at VLS, Patrick has interned for Justice Burgess of the Vermont Supreme Court, and also for the Conservation Law Foundation in Montpelier, where he was deeply involved with environmental litigation and advocacy. His Law Review Note, which describes the effects of rising gas prices on the ability of modelers to accurately predict usage levels and environmental impacts of proposed highway projects, will be published in the Fall edition of the Vermont Law Review. In spite of this success, Patrick's proudest honors in his two years at VLS are his victory in the school Spelling Bee and back-to-back victories in the Chili Cookoff. Patrick’s next exciting project will be the preparation of a paper on Chinese environmental law that he will present at several law schools in China as part of a fellowship from USAID and VLS. In the meantime he is eager to continue his work with local issues as part of the Institute.
Katherine Roos is a second-year J.D. student at Vermont Law School with diverse interests in land, water, criminal, educational, and entrepreneurial law. She received her BA from Colgate University and presented her thesis at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. After college, she traveled to Australia, became a SCUBA Divemaster and explored the land and sea of Austrailia's eastern coast. She then relocated to Vermont and became a creative designer for Pajamagram. Desiring to help her community, she switched gears and began working at a community-based alternative school in Chittenden County. Here she provided progressive educational and therapeutic treatment to adolescents and gained an appreciation for (among other things) Vermont's wealth of community resources. In 2007, Kat helped her husband Jeremy found O’Neill Builders LLC, a green building company responsible for the first LEED-certified new construction residential homes in Burlington. After completing her first year of law school, she is spending the summer working as a law clerk at the Chittenden County State’s Attorneys office. Katherine lives in Burlington with her husband and her escape artist dog, Maisy.
Robert Scharf is a second year law student at VLS interested in land use, rural development and the environment. Robert is in the general practice program and most recently worked in a brief clerkship with the Chittenden County Public Defender's Office. He also runs a seasonal farm-stand in Shelburne, Vermont. His educational background is in political science and development studies and he obtained a BA from the American University of Paris and a MA from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK. Robert is helping the VLS Land Use Institute develop a project to facilitate an improved permit process for commercial compost operations among the varied stakeholders. His assistance will also be key in developing a cross-border sustainability initiative with Canada. He has previously worked for international organizations, the US and British governments, and several non-governmental organizations.
Rebekah Smith received her BS in zoology and BFA in art from the University of Wyoming. Following graduation, she worked with the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database, a database for rare plant and animal species in the state of Wyoming. There she worked with implemented predictive species habitat models using geographic information science (GIS). The models facilitate field studies and biologists' environmental assessments. Rebekah has also worked as a cartographer in the water resources field and performed GIS analyses for natural resource economists. Rebekah is currently a JD candidate with the class of 2010 at Vermont Law. After her first year of law school she spent the summer working as a legal intern for the Wyoming Outdoor Council, a non-profit environmental advocacy group. This summer she is working for the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources in Waterbury, Vermont.
Albert Vanderlaan graduated magna cum laude from Union College in 2007 with a double major in classics and political science and a double minor in geology and philosophy. During his undergraduate summers, Albert focused his time on research and worked at the Smithsonian Institute, completing an academic paper on the history of presidential campaigning while in residence. Albert spent another summer working as a tour guide at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in his native state of Colorado. While at Union, Albert was a captain of the men's rugby team and the president of his senior class. At Vermont Law School, Albert is the Senior Managing Editor of the Vermont Law Review, a teaching assistant for first year legal research, and is a member of the men's rugby team. Albert spent his last summer working in the appeals division at the Westchester District Attorney's office in White Plains, New York. This summer, Albert is working for Cleveland, Waters and Bass, P.A. in Concord, NH.
Veronica Warnock is a third-year Juris Doctor candidate at Vermont Law School who is strongly interested in natural resource management. Veronica received her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from the Evergreen State College in 2005. After graduating from Evergreen, Veronica worked in Washington State as a land use planner doing both permit review and policy work. While in law school Veronica has interned with Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire’s General Counsel and with Crag law Center in Portland Oregon.