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Reed Elizabeth Loder

Professor of Law

JD, University of Connecticut, 1983;
PhD, Boston University, 1979;
MA, Boston University, 1977;
AB, Boston University, 1969

Phone: 802-831-1293


Professor Reed Elizabeth Loder is an accomplished ethicist. The courses she has taught at Vermont Law School include Environmental Ethics, Legal Profession, Moral Philosophy for Professionals, and Property Law. She also has taught Ethics in the Professions at Dartmouth College.

She received her AB, MA, and PhD, all in philosophy, from Boston University. As a law student, she received the Connecticut Law Tribune Award, the Cornelius W. Wickersham Jr. Award (by the Federal Bar Council to the student judged most proficient in constitutional law), and American Jurisprudence Book Awards, among others. After receiving her JD degree, magna cum laude, in 1983 from the University of Connecticut, she clerked for the Honorable Thomas P. Smith, magistrate of the U.S. District Court in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She did legal work part time for the firm of Peckham, Lobel, Casey and Tye in Boston while teaching Legal Writing, Professional Responsibility, and Trial Advocacy at Boston College Law School. In 1988, she was an adjunct professor at VLS, while also an assistant professor of research and writing at Boston College Law School. She joined the VLS faculty in 1989. From 1990 to 1993, she also was a visiting professor at Dartmouth College. Her presentations have included "Lawyer Confidentiality" at Dartmouth College, "Ethics of the Government Lawyer" for Vermont attorneys general, "Ethical Discretion and Lawyers" at the Indiana University School of Law, and panels at VLS on pro bono services, religion and the environment, independence of the judiciary, and judicial ethics. She was a commentator for New Hampshire Public Television during a judicial impeachment trial. In addition to other publications in the field of ethics, she is writing a book, "Lawyers and Virtue."

Professor Loder is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Philosophical Association, and the Association of Practical and Professional Ethics, She was selected as a 2006-2007 Fellow of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism. She has served by court appointment on the New Hampshire Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics since 2001.