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VLS Welcomes Two New Environmental Faculty

October 7, 2013

Professor Hillary Hoffmann has joined the environmental faculty at Vermont Law School. She teaches courses in natural resources law and Native American law. Her scholarship has addressed the administration and enforcement of federal statutes related to natural resources, such as the Taylor Grazing Act, the Federal Lands Policy and Management Act, the National Forest Management Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act. Recently, she has focused on regulatory changes required by climate change, particularly in the areas of livestock grazing, land management, and water allocation. This year she is directing VLS’s Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship.

Before joining the environmental faculty, Professor Hoffmann taught in VLS’s legal writing program. Prior to that, she practiced real property and natural resources law in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2005-2006, she represented Navajo children seeking insurance settlements in various wrongful death actions in federal and state court. She is a member of the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources. She received her JD degree from the S. J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah and her BA degree from Middlebury College.


Assistant Professor Jamie Renner has been hired to develop a transactional law program to spearhead the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems’ various projects designed to help build the legal infrastructure to support sustainable local and regional food systems and to teach courses in food and agriculture law.

Professor Renner worked for four years as a Litigation Associate at Bracewell and Giuliani in New York, where he represented clients regarding environmental and securities issues. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Phyllis D. Thompson at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. He received his JD degree from American University’s Washington College of Law and his BA degree from Middlebury College.