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Joel Harrington

Fellow for Environmental Law & Policy

JD, Vermont Law School, 2001;
BA, University of Rhode Island, 1998

Phone: 802-831-1306


Joel Harrington is an accomplished government relations expert specializing in environmental and energy policy. He has served at some of the highest levels of government, playing a leading role in shaping public policy. He has been a leading figure in the development of New England's most significant energy and conservation laws. He began his career as a legislative aide to the late U.S. Senator John Chafee and later worked for one of Washington, D.C.'s largest law firms, where he played a role in developing legal briefs for environmental-related cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He served as a law clerk to the Judge Advocate General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Bamberg, Germany, where he advised the U.S. Department of Defense on legal matters involving the Kosovo War.

For nearly a decade, he served in a management capacity for two of the world's leading non-profit environmental organizations, most recently as director of Government Relations for The Nature Conservancy. He is currently director of Government Relations and a fellow of Environmental Law and Policy at Vermont Law School, and an adjunct professor of Environmental Law & Policy at Plymouth State University. He received an appointment by New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch to sit on the state's Water Council. He has been named by New Hampshire's leading newspaper, the Union Leader, as one of its "40 Under 40" future leaders in the state. He is a 2009 graduate of Leadership New Hampshire and holds a BA degree from the University of Rhode Island and a JD degree from Vermont Law School.