Professor Tracy Bach has taught at VLS for 17 years.  She currently teaches Environmental Health Law, International Environmental Law, Torts, and Appellate Advocacy.  She graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School and Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Yale University.  She was a Fulbright Scholar in Dakar, Senegal during the 2009-10 academic year, studying climate change, environmental health, and the implications of both for the developing world.  You can find her full bio here.  You may contact her at and (802) 831-1289.

179169_10100191181477591_1109838368_nCaitlin Stanton is a third year law student at VLS. She received her BA in Community Health from Brown University and her Masters in Public Health Research from the University of Edinburgh.  Caitlin is interested in issues affecting both the environment and public health, including chemical regulation, clean water, and environmental justice.  She has interned with the Windsor County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Environmental Integrity Project in Washington, DC.  She also serves as articles editor on the Vermont Law Review, a member of the Moot Court Advisory Board, a student clinician at the Environment and Natural Resources Law Clinic, and a Research Assistant for VLS professors David Firestone and Tracy Bach. You may contact her at

Marie Kyle is from just north of Seattle, Washington. She majored in Business and Communication Studies at the University of Puget Sound, and loves legal writing.  Although she is interested in a variety of environmental issues, in law school she has focused primarily on water law and wildlife protection issues. Marie interned with the Ecology Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office after her first year and spent last summer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Juneau, Alaska. She is a student research associate in the Water and Justice Program at VLS. You may contact her at

Danielle Changala is a third year law student at VLS. Prior to starting her JD, Danielle earned an MA in Environmental Law and Policy at VLS. While particularly interested in the nexus between climate change and energy law, Danielle is also interested in agricultural, environmental health, and ocean issues. She has interned with the Conservation Law Foundation and Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger. She has also worked as a judicial extern for the Honorable William G. Young at the District Court for the District of Massachusetts, serves as a Managing Editor of the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, and has been a research associate at Vermont Law’s Institute for Energy and the Environment since 2009. Danielle has published articles in the Energy Law Journal and the Electricity Journal.

Mary Olive is from northeast Ohio. She graduated cum laude from Bowling Green State University in 2010 with a BS in Environmental Science and a focus in Restoration Ecology. During this time she created a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory for the University, as one of the project coordinators. At Vermont Law School, Mary has focused on water law issues and has worked as a contributing writer for the National Sea Grant Law Center’s publication, The Sandbar. This past summer, she interned with San Diego Coastkeeper, where she worked on Clean Water Act and wastewater treatment plant issues. Mary is currently working as a student clinician in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic. You may contact her at

Jamie Myers is a second year JD and Master of Environmental Law and Policy student at VLS. Originally from the Sandhills region of Nebraska, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a BA in Sociology. Prior to coming to VLS, Jamie worked as a Research Assistant for a USDA research geneticist preparing an OECD consensus document for transgenic sorghum. While at VLS, Jamie has primarily focused on water and agricultural law issues. She is serving as VLS’s Environmental Law Librarian’s Research Assistant and Vermont Law Review’s Senior Notes Editor.  She is also currently working as a student clinician in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic. You may reach her at

Emily Dupraz is a third year J.D. and Master’s in Environmental Law and Policy student at VLS. Emily’s background growing up on a family farm in South Dakota inspired her interest in agriculture law. At VLS, Emily is Business Manager of the Vermont Law Review and competes with the Pace Environmental Moot Court Team. She served as a judicial extern at the Vermont Supreme Court, and last summer she worked as a legal intern at the Conservation Law Foundation and as a summer associate at Perkins Thompson in Portland, Maine. A graduate of Harvard University, Emily was a media liaison and news officer at Harvard Law School prior to starting law school. You may contact her at

Sarah Mooney was raised on the shores of the Chesapeake and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in Oceanography before serving for three years in the Air Force as a meteorologist.  Sarah transitioned back into academia with graduate studies in environmental science at the College of Charleston, where she taught physics and astronomy labs.  At VLS, Sarah focuses on liquid law. She spent her summers interning at the Center for Ocean Solutions and NOAA’s Office of General Counsel.  She has acted as the Ocean Chair for the Environmental Law Society, served as a Schweitzer Fellow, collaborated with the Energy Institute on Arctic issues, and worked as a student clinician at the ENRLC.  Currently, Sarah is a teaching assistant for the Environmental Dispute Resolution course and a research associate for the Water and Justice Program.  Sarah published an article in Polar Geography with Professor Betsy Baker and has been asked to co-author a chapter of the ABA’s Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy textbook.  She recently accepted a 3-year post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University, where she hopes to combine her operational and science-based professional experience with her legal background in her work on climate change adaptation and land-sea initiatives.

Karen Lee is a third year J.D. student at VLS. She is from Korea but she has been everywhere – she went to high school in Ontario, Canada and did her undergrad at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. In college, she was a scientist who spent most of her time doing research in the laboratories including Civil Engineering Department Transportation Lab and the Isotope Lab. Karen entered VLS to pursue a career that integrates her science background and work in the labs with her law school studies, specifically in the area of environmental law and policy. She had the chance to work on the Camp Carroll Agent Orange case in Korea as a legal/scientific intern at the Ministry of Environment in Korea. The experience required her to do detailed analysis of both the science underlying Agent Orange-related issues as well as the legal regimen that governed the case. Also, she built on that background as a student clinician at the South Royalton Legal Clinic, which gave her the chance to work directly with clients. You may contact her at

Michelle Sinnott is a third year law student at VLS from Phenix, Virginia. She graduated from Mercer University with a B.A. in Philosophy. Before attending law school, Michelle was a paralegal at Meyer Glitzenstein and Crystal in Washington, D.C. for four years where she worked on important animal and environmental law cases. Michelle is a member of the VLS Moot Court Advisory Board and has participated in three moot court competitions.  She has interned at the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic and Trustees for Alaska. Michelle is interested in pursuing animal law once she graduates. She is currently a law clerk for the Animal Legal Defense Fund. You may contact her at

Hailing from Basking-Ridge, a quaint village in New Jersey where George Washington is said to have picnicked jaffer1under a white oak tree, Jaffer has led a rambling life — studying at Ithaca College, ski-bumming in Colorado, studying at Vermont Law School, and most recently, externing as a Public Defender in Alaska.  Jaffer is a third year law student at VLS.  Prior to starting his JD, Jaffer earned an MA in Environmental Law and Policy at VLS.  Jaffer’s legal experience has focused on both environmental and criminal law issues.  He enjoys exploring the local wildlife while he is hiking and camping, checking out the local music scene, and playing ice hockey, a passion he has pursued since time immemorial.  After graduation this spring, Jaffer will be heading back to Alaska to start his legal career as a judicial law clerk.

Originally from Athens, Georgia, Alex is currently a third-year, joint-degree candidate at Vermont Law School, by way of Baltimore/Washington, DC. Profile PicturePrior to law school, he taught English as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bulgaria (2007-2009). This past summer, he worked as a student intern at the District Department of the Environment, working on DC’s Total Maximum Daily Load consolidation plan and issues surrounding implementation of the District’s new Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit. Alex intends to return to DC after graduation to work on issues involving water quality, environmental policy and environmental justice. Currently, he’s working with the Environmental Law Center to publish an article on stormwater regulation in light of recent updates to the Clean Water Act. In his free time, he indulges in alchemy — turning water into beer. He may be reached at

Sam Rockwell is a third year law student at Vermont Law School. His interests include transportation and land use law and policy in the built environment. Before lawsam headshot school, Sam worked on urban sustainability and livable cities initiatives as a Policy and Communications Director at City Hall in NYC and on a variety of projects for the New York non-profit Transportation Alternatives. Currently, he volunteers time for the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition on a project to put protected bicycle lanes on a major downtown Minneapolis thoroughfare. He also works for Vermont Law School’s Environmental Tax Policy Institute where he researches and writes about carbon taxes. In his spare time, you can find Sam winding his way through cities on his bicycle.  You can reach Sam at

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