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Sarah Mooney

Sarah Mooney, Adjunct Faculty
Adjunct Faculty

JD, Vermont Law School;
MS, College of Charleston;
BS, U.S. Naval Academy


Sarah Mooney is a law and policy fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Ocean Solutions, where she combines her operational, science-based professional experience and her legal background on climate change and ecosystem based management initiatives. Additionally, she engages with faculty at Stanford Law School’s Gould Center for Conflict Resolution on dispute resolution events.

Sarah’s background in science stems from her time at the Naval Academy (BS, oceanography) and subsequent service in the Air Force as a meteorologist. She transitioned into environmental policy by conducting ecosystem services analysis for a coastal park system as part of her graduate work at the College of Charleston (MS, environmental science). During graduate school, she taught physics and astronomy labs. Particularly interested in how science, economics, and the law inform environmental decision-making, Sarah went on to earn her JD from Vermont Law School. At VLS, she was a Schweitzer Fellow, conducted research for the Energy Institute and the Water and Justice Program, served as a teaching assistant for Environmental Dispute Resolution, led the ocean and coastal law committee, and won the Alumni Association Award for Contribution to the School. Sarah is an adjunct faculty member and teaches Environmental Dispute Resolution in the Distance Learning Program. Sarah enjoys teaching Environmental Dispute Resolution because of its experiential emphasis on process and solutions.