Samara Anderson is an Associate Professor at Vermont Law School, where she currently teaches Communication, Advocacy and Leadership. Samara is a 2003 graduate of Vermont Law School where she obtained a joint Juris Doctor and Masters in the Studies of Environmental Law. She was the articles editor of the Vermont Law Review, a Deans Fellow and a Schweitzer Fellow where she created and taught experiential environmental education courses in low-income Vermont fifth-grades. After graduating from VLS with a joint JD/MSEL degree, she practiced complex commercial litigation for the prestigious Manhattan-based law firm, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP where her practice focused on represented Fortune 500 companies in antitrust and securities fraud investigations and lawsuits, but was also lucky enough to represent some large class action plaintiffs in products liability, price-fixing and price discrimination lawsuits. Samara left this Big Law arena to focus on environmental issues at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation where she worked for over a year pro bono in their Superfund and Remediation division, ensuring toxic sites were adequately cleaned up and put back into productive use. She also worked at the New York State Workers' Compensation Board, supporting their litigation efforts against corporations and businesses involved in terminated group self insured trusts.
Samara's real passion has always been environmental work, so she left New York and returned to Vermont the end of 2012 with a focus on developing an expertise in mediating and managing public disputes regarding flood control, damage and resiliency. She currently works with the Vermont River Conservancy on these efforts across the state of Vermont with a large consortium of governmental entities and conservation groups. Samara is originally from a working farm in Minnesota on the White Earth Indian Reservation, so she has deep ties to the indigenous and agricultural communities and incorporates this awareness into her flood resiliency work.
Additionally, Samara recently completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training and is a registered yoga teacher, teaching at the Yoga Mountain Center in Montpelier, Vermont where her focus is on creating an environment where students align their breath with movement to bring flexibility, strength and healing into their bodies and clarity in their minds. She has created four courses that she is teaching starting in January 2014: Beginner Yoga, Yoga for Athletes, Vigorous Vinyasa Flow and Meditation, Mantra and Movement. When Samara is not teaching or implementing flood resiliency measures, she is an active outdoors and engages in many athletic endeavors, including: landscape photography, telemark skiing, backcountry skiing, cross country skiing, hiking, trail running, mountain biking, triathlons and an emerging cyclocross competitor.