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Joan Vogel

Professor of Law

JD, University of California at Los Angeles, 1981;
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Grant, 1977-78;
MA, University of California at Los Angeles, 1975;
BA, George Washington University, 1973

Phone: 802-831-1296


Professor Joan Vogel specializes in employment law, anthropology of law, consumer law, medical malpractice, and tort reform. The courses she has taught at Vermont Law School include Commercial Law, Employment Discrimination Law, Employment Law, Law and Anthropology, and Torts.

Professor Vogel received a BA degree from George Washington University in 1973. She earned an MA degree in anthropology in 1975 and a JD degree in 1981, both from the University of California at Los Angeles. She served as a teaching associate in UCLA's Anthropology Department from 1975 to 1976 and performed research in African law. In 1979 and 1980, she clerked with two Los Angeles law firms, Levy and Goldman, and Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann and Krepack. She was a law clerk for Judge Alfred T. Goodwin of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, in Oregon from 1981 to 1982. From 1982 to 1989, she served as assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, an associate visiting professor at Albany Law School, and an associate professor at Oklahoma City University Law School.

Professor Vogel joined the faculty at VLS in 1989. She testified before the Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee on modification of the state's Human Rights Commission in 1995 and was a consultant for the drafting of Vermont's employment law bill in 1997. In 1998, she helped to write the tobacco reimbursement statute that passed the Vermont Legislature. She has presented widely on topics of legal pluralism, new teaching methods in labor law, tort reform, and on the "Lemon Laws." She has served as chair of the Law and Anthropology and the Labor and Employment Law sections of the Association of American Law Schools.