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Marc Mihaly

President, Dean, and Professor of Law

JD, University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1975;
BA, Harvard College, 1969

Phone: 802-831-1237


Marc Mihaly, one of the nation’s leading environmental law attorneys, was named president and dean of Vermont Law School in 2012. He was a visiting professor in 2004–05 and joined the regular VLS faculty in 2005. He served as the acting associate dean of environmental programs and director of the Environmental Law Center in 2005–06 and associate dean and director from 2007–12. He is an expert in land use, urban planning, and energy law and policy. At VLS, he has taught Land Transactions, Finance and Development; Advanced Land Use Law; Energy Regulation, Markets and the Environment; and Contracts. He spent the 2011–12 academic year teaching at the University of Seville School of Law.

Dean Mihaly received his BA degree from Harvard College and, after service in the Peace Corps, received his JD degree from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, where he was editor in chief of the Ecology Law Quarterly. He then served with the environmental unit of the California Attorney General's Office and with the San Mateo County Legal Aid Society. He co-founded Shute, Mihaly and Weinberger in San Francisco in 1980 and served as its managing partner for 17 years. His practice included three decades of trial and appellate litigation practice on behalf of governments and community-based organizations on environmental issues. He developed the firm’s low-income housing practice, initiated the energy practice, and focused on all aspects of growth limitation. He has provided advice and counsel to state, regional, and local governments as well as specialized environmental agencies on all aspects of environmental law. His work has included the design of sophisticated regulatory regimes to regulate development and to secure public benefits through private development. He advises environmental regulators on government law issues relating to the form and structure of their regulatory programs.