2005-02-10 / Front Page

New Faculty at Vt. Law School

Are a Distinguished Lot

New Faculty at Vt. Law School

Are a Distinguished Lot

Ten attorneys and scholars will either join the Vermont Law School faculty for the 2005-06 academic year or will assume new titles and responsibilities, VLS announced this week.

The new regular faculty members are:

• Jackie Gardina, currently a visiting assistant professor of law at VLS;

• Mark Latham, a partner and chair of the Environmental Practice Group of the Chicago and Washington, DC, law firm of Gardner Carton & Douglas LLP;

• Marc Mihaly, currently visiting distinguished professor of environmental law from public interest practice at VLS;

• Faith R. Rivers, executive director of the South Carolina Bar Foundation, Inc.

Said Dean Geoffrey Shields, "Vermont Law School has taken a major step forward in welcoming these extraordinary professionals to our campus. Their breadth of experience and demonstrated commitment will enhance our leadership in law on behalf of the public good."

Added Vice Dean N. Bruce Duthu, "These appointments also represent very good news for our students."

Jackie Gardina has served as a visiting assistant professor at VLS since 2003, where she has taught administrative law, bankruptcy, civil procedure, and federal courts. She received the Faculty Service Member Award (presented by students for outstanding teaching) and is advisor to The Alliance student group.

Professor Gardina's major areas of interest involve constitutional issues related to the separation of powers. She has also researched and written about bankruptcy. She received her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Boston College Law School, her M.A. degree in Social Work from Boston University, and her B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Iowa.

Mark Latham has extensive experience representing corporate and municipal clients in environmental matters, with expertise in the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Superfund, and RCRA (hazardous waste handling). He has evaluated environmental liabilities, drafted and negotiated environmental contractual provisions, and has advised in the remediation of contaminated properties.

Mr. Latham's Gardner Carton & Douglas duties have included service as chair of both the Associate and Diversity committees. He received his J.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his B.S.N. degree from Illinois Wesleyan University.

Marc Mihaly, one of the nations leading environmental law attorneys, is currently serving as visiting professor at VLS. Professor Mihaly, co-founder of Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger (San Francisco), has represented cities and redevelopment agencies in securing the open space and other public benefits of large and complex public-private projects; he also specializes in complex urban planning issues related to waterfront development. In addition, he developed his firm’s low income housing practice, initiated the energy practice, and focused on growth limitation.

Professor Mihaly's practice has included more than two decades of trial and appellate litigation practice on behalf of governments and community based organizations on environmental issues.

He received his J.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was editor in chief of the Ecology Law Quarterly, and he received his B.A. degree from Harvard College. He served in the Peace Corps.

Faith Rivers has served as executive director of the South Carolina Bar Foundation, Inc. since 1998. She also served as an adjunct professor in the University of South Carolina’s Department of Government and International Studies.

Ms. Rivers received her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and her A.B. degree in government/sociology from Dartmouth College.

Other Appointments

Emily Wetherell, currently a law clerk for the Vermont Supreme Court, will serve as visiting assistant professor of legal research and writing in 2005-2006. She received her J.D. degree, summa cum laude, from VLS in 2004, where she was senior managing editor of the Vermont Law Review.

Wetherell served as a summer associate and law clerk, for firms in Washington and Burlington. From 1998-2000, she was a Peace Corps environmental facilitator/educator in the Ukraine. She received her B.Sc. degree with honors from Queens University in Ontario, Canada.

Vermont Law School currently has 37 full-time and one part-time faculty members, and four visiting faculty members.

L. Kinvin Wroth is returning to the faculty after one year of sabbatical. He served as Vermont Law Schools sixth dean from 1996 to 2004 and is recognized for his work on the electoral college and John Adams.

Burns H. Weston will return as visiting distinguished professor of international law for the 2005-06 academic year. Professor Weston is internationally known for his teaching and scholarship in the field of international human rights law.

Margaret Raymond and Mark Sidel will serve as visiting professors in 2005-06. The married couple are professors at the University of Iowa College of Law. Raymond will teach criminal law at VLS and Sidel will teach a section of contracts and a seminar on "Human Trafficking and Involuntary Servitude."

Robert Gagnon, currently an adjunct professor at VLS, will serve as a visiting professor of law. He recently retired from his position as assistant attorney general for Vermont, where he served as chief of the Criminal Justice Division.

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