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Sheldon Novick

Adjunct Faculty

JD, Washington University St. Louis School of Law, 1977;;
BS, Antioch College, 1963


Sheldon M. Novick is the author of prize-winning works of legal and intellectual history, including Honorable Justice: The Life of Oliver Wendell Holmes, which was awarded the Silver Gavel Award of the American Bar Association, short-listed for the National Book Critics Circle award, named an editor's choice by the New York Times Book Review, and a Washington Post best seller. He has written extensively for journals and law reviews.

In an earlier career, Mr. Novick was an environmental journalist and lawyer. He published The Careless Atom, the first explanation of the hazards of nuclear power, and an award-winning treatise, Law of Environmental Protection. His books on environmental subjects have been translated and published throughout North America, Europe and Japan. Since 1987, he has taught law and legal history at Vermont Law School, first as the Scholar in Residence, and more recently as Adjunct Professor of Law and History.

At Vermont Law School, Mr. Novick teaches a popular seminar, "American Legal History: The Search for National Identity," in which he and students discuss constitutional history, and consider the construction of national identity at different periods.

Mr. Novick is currently at work on a new book, one that has grown out of his teaching, on the history of citizenship in American constitutional law.