​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Vermont Law School has graduated thousands of lawyers who specialize in environmental law. Many of these lawyers gained practical experience as students working in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRL​C), one of the best environmental legal clinics in the country. Meet some past ENRLC student clinicians and learn how they've applied their clinical training in their current jobs.




Ancelhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/People/DispForm.aspx?ID=483AncelStaff Attorney<img alt="" src="http://www-assets.vermontlaw.edu/Assets/directories/people/Ancel_Devorah.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Devorah Ancel '08GP0|#007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7;L0|#0007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7|Alumni;GTSet|#f56df0fa-9bdb-4e22-abac-ddf5f696a71d;GPP|#d56ffc52-3a80-49e2-95fd-f49b2d4639a1Ancel,DevorahSierra Club Environmental Law ProgramDevorah Ancel spent her final semester at the Vermont Law School working in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic where she learned the nuts and bolts of environmental litigation and procedure. She worked on the Clinic's Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) case against Omya Industries challenging its disposal of solid waste, including organic chemical pollutants, into open, unlined pits that posed the risk of adverse health and environmental impacts to the surrounding community and its groundwater resources. Devorah drafted pleadings, assisted in the preparation of oral argument, and met with client community members to convey the status of the litigation and facilitate expert testimony. Devorah also assisted in developing a Clean Air Act case in which the Clinic represented Sierra Club as a client. These experiences at the Clinic helped formulate her career goals.
Dugganhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/People/DispForm.aspx?ID=531DugganGeneral Counsel<img alt="" src="http://www-assets.vermontlaw.edu/Assets/directories/people/Duggan_Jen.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Jen Duggan '07GP0|#007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7;L0|#0007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7|Alumni;GTSet|#f56df0fa-9bdb-4e22-abac-ddf5f696a71d;GPP|#d56ffc52-3a80-49e2-95fd-f49b2d4639a1Duggan,JenVermont Agency of Natural ResourcesJen Duggan is the General Counsel for the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and manages the legal services for the Agency. She leads the Agency’s Office of General Counsel, which includes the Agency’s Enforcement and Litigation Section and the team of lawyers representing the Departments of Environmental Conservation, Fish and Wildlife, and Forest, Parks, and Recreation. The scope of legal services the Agency’s lawyers provide is broad and includes drafting and reviewing policies and permits, rulemaking, and providing general legal advice on Agency matters. The attorneys in the Enforcement and Litigation Section also represent the Agency in litigation before the Environmental Court and other administrative bodies, Act 250 proceedings, and enforcement matters.
Gondahttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/People/DispForm.aspx?ID=532GondaAssociate General Counsel<img alt="" src="http://www-assets.vermontlaw.edu/Assets/directories/people/Gonda_Jordan.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Jordan Gonda '11GP0|#007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7;L0|#0007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7|Alumni;GTSet|#f56df0fa-9bdb-4e22-abac-ddf5f696a71d;GPP|#d56ffc52-3a80-49e2-95fd-f49b2d4639a1Gonda,JordanVermont Department of Environmental ConservationJordan Gonda is Associate General Counsel with Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) where she provides a range of legal and counseling services to DEC’s Waste Management & Prevention Division (WMPD). Jordan’s job duties at DEC include development of internal policies and procedures to facilitate implementation of the WMPD’s regulatory programs, analyzing legal risk and providing options-based advice on policy and legal decision-making, drafting regulations and legislative initiatives, participating in settlement negotiations, and assisting DEC and ANR leadership in complex waste-related projects. Most recently, Jordan has played a significant role in the DEC’s efforts to regulate the non-radiological hazardous waste activities of the Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Vernon, VT, which ceased its operations in December, 2014.
O'Toolehttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/People/DispForm.aspx?ID=533O'TooleAssociate General Counsel<img alt="" src="http://www-assets.vermontlaw.edu/Assets/directories/people/OToole_Megan.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Megan O'Toole '09GP0|#007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7;L0|#0007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7|Alumni;GTSet|#f56df0fa-9bdb-4e22-abac-ddf5f696a71d;GPP|#d56ffc52-3a80-49e2-95fd-f49b2d4639a1O'Toole,MeganVermont Department of Environmental ConservationMegan (Campbell) O’Toole is an Associate General Counsel with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), where she works primarily on air quality issues. As an Associate General Counsel, Megan assists the Air Quality and Climate Division in working with EPA to fulfill Vermont’s obligations related to Clean Air Act delegated authority, implementing and enforcing low and zero emission vehicle regulations, administering and ensuring compliance with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative cap and trade program, amending the air pollution control regulations, and working with the public, regulated community, and the legislature on air quality issues impacting the state.
Russhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/People/DispForm.aspx?ID=577RussAttorney<img alt="" src="http://www-assets.vermontlaw.edu/Assets/directories/people/Russ_Abel.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Abel Russ '10GP0|#007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7;L0|#0007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7|Alumni;GTSet|#f56df0fa-9bdb-4e22-abac-ddf5f696a71d;GPP|#d56ffc52-3a80-49e2-95fd-f49b2d4639a1Russ,AbelEnvironmental Integrity Project (EIP)Abel Russ is an attorney with the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) in Washington DC. EIP is a non-profit organization founded by former U.S. EPA attorneys to pursue better enforcement of existing environmental laws, push EPA to meet its statutory obligations to keep environmental rules current, and to highlight ongoing pollution problems through research and reporting. In addition, EIP is committed to seeking environmental justice through engagement with and empowerment of underprivileged communities suffering from disproportionate exposure to pollution. Abel specifically works on federal litigation over EPA rules related to both coal ash and factory farms, state-level litigation related to groundwater contamination at coal plants, and advocacy in support of strong Chesapeake Bay cleanup policies, among other things. He is fortunate to be able to put his science background to work in an organization that consistently strives to provide rigorous, science-based legal advocacy.
Schillinghttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/People/DispForm.aspx?ID=534SchillingAssociate General Counsel<img alt="" src="http://www-assets.vermontlaw.edu/Assets/directories/people/Schilling_Elizabeth.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Elizabeth Schilling '12GP0|#007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7;L0|#0007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7|Alumni;GTSet|#f56df0fa-9bdb-4e22-abac-ddf5f696a71d;GPP|#d56ffc52-3a80-49e2-95fd-f49b2d4639a1Schilling,ElizabethVermont Department of Environmental ConservationElizabeth Schilling, formerly McDonald, is an Associate General Counsel with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), where she works primarily with the Watershed Management Division. As an Associate General Counsel, Elizabeth provides her clients with options-based legal advice and legal assistance on everything from settling litigation to drafting and reviewing bills, administrative rules, and permits. Recent DEC work that she is proud to be involved with includes the adoption of what has been referred to as “Vermont’s Clean Water Act” or Act 64 of 2015, which provides the necessary legislative changes for Vermont to comply with the Lake Champlain Phosphorus Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and includes everything from new stormwater control requirements to requiring updates to farming practices to protect water quality. She is also excited to be working on DEC initiatives to control combined sewer overflows or CSOs, which include a new administrative rule and a bill to require better public notice of these events.
Smithhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/People/DispForm.aspx?ID=535SmithAssociate General Counsel<img alt="" src="http://www-assets.vermontlaw.edu/Assets/directories/people/Smith_Hannah.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Hannah Smith '13GP0|#007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7;L0|#0007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7|Alumni;GTSet|#f56df0fa-9bdb-4e22-abac-ddf5f696a71d;GPP|#d56ffc52-3a80-49e2-95fd-f49b2d4639a1Smith,HannahVermont Department of Environmental ConservationHannah Smith is an Associate General Counsel with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, working primarily with the Watershed Management Division. Hannah provides her clients with a broad range of legal counsel, ranging from review of permit language and enforcement referrals, options-based approaches to permitting decisions, development of regulatory language and program policies, and representation in contested cases. She is currently excited to be working with program staff and co-council on the implementation of “Vermont’s Clean Water Act,” passed in 2015, including the design and implementation of the new Municipal Roads Stormwater General Permit.
Tisherhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/People/DispForm.aspx?ID=547TisherStaff Attorney<img alt="" src="http://www-assets.vermontlaw.edu/Assets/directories/people/Tisher_Lizzie.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Lizzie Tisher '14GP0|#007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7;L0|#0007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7|Alumni;GTSet|#f56df0fa-9bdb-4e22-abac-ddf5f696a71d;GPP|#d56ffc52-3a80-49e2-95fd-f49b2d4639a1Tisher,LizzieVermont Law SchoolLizzie Tisher returned to the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic in June 2016 as a Staff Attorney and LLM Fellow. Prior to her return to the Clinic, Lizzie clerked for Justice John A. Dooley at the Vermont Supreme Court, where she drafted judicial opinions, handled motions, and managed the day-to-day affairs of the chambers. She then worked as an Assistant Attorney General at the Vermont Office of the Attorney General, where she represented the Department for Children and Families, the Natural Resources Board, and other state agencies in appeals to the Supreme Court; provided legal assistance to the Medical Practice Board; and assisted with litigation in the environmental, civil, and consumer protection divisions.
Weltshttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/People/DispForm.aspx?ID=536WeltsLitigation Attorney<img alt="" src="http://www-assets.vermontlaw.edu/Assets/directories/people/Welts_Leslie.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Leslie Welts '11GP0|#007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7;L0|#0007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7|Alumni;GTSet|#f56df0fa-9bdb-4e22-abac-ddf5f696a71d;GPP|#d56ffc52-3a80-49e2-95fd-f49b2d4639a1Welts,LeslieAgency of Natural Resources Office of General Counsel's Enforcement and Litigation SectionLeslie Welts is a Litigation Attorney in the Agency of Natural Resources Office of General Counsel’s Enforcement and Litigation Section, where she represents the Agency’s three departments in litigation before the Vermont Superior Court Environmental Division and other administrative bodies, Act 250 proceedings, and enforcement matters. Leslie worked as an Associate General Counsel for the Department of Environmental Conservation for three years before transitioning into her current position. When not practicing law, Leslie’s creative outlet is as a bassoonist with the Vermont Philharmonic. A brief VLS career profile of Leslie can be found here: http://vermontlaw.edu/careers/career-profiles/natural-resources-welts