Geoffrey B. Shields
Professor of Law
JD, Yale Law School, 1972;
BA, in economics, magna cum laude, Harvard College, 1967
Geoffrey B. Shields served as Vermont Law School's seventh dean from 2004 to 2012. Before coming to Vermont Law School, he was a partner and past chair of the Management Committee of the Chicago and Washington, D.C. law firm of Gardner Carton and Douglas, where he specialized in legal issues relating to not-for-profit institutions, including mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, finance, joint ventures, and related tax and securities matters.
Jeff Shields received his BA in economics, magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 1967, and in 1972, he received his JD from Yale Law School, where he was a member of the Yale Law Journal. He received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Lake Forest College (Ill.) in 2000. Prior to law school, Shields served as foreign student advisor and assistant to the president for the Experiment in International Living (Brattleboro, VT), and was an adjunct professor of economics at Marlboro College (VT). He served as a law clerk for Judge James L. Oakes of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, from 1972 to 1973. From 1973 to 1976, he served as assistant counsel to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as counsel and foreign policy advisor to Senator Frank Church. In 1977, Shields was special assistant to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
Dean Shields has edited four books and written over 30 articles on foreign policy issues, health care financing, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, and environmental issues. He has served as vice chair and treasurer of the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations and is an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He is past chair of the board of trustees of Lake Forest College and formerly served on the boards of Bennington College, Hospital Billing and Collection Service, and The Vermont Business Roundtable. He is currently Chair of the Board of the Ziegler Companies, Inc and is a member of District of Columbia, Illinois, and Vermont bars.