Vice Dean Named Director Of VLS Environmental Law Center


Communities / Aug. 10, 2017 11:33am EDT

DAVID MEARS DAVID MEARS Vermont Law School’s prestigious Environmental Law Center (ELC) has a new director, according to a release this week from Vice President and Dean Tom McHenry.

Described as an “environmental leader and advocate,” David Mears, who has served as vice dean for faculty, will direct the ELC, which is ranked first in the nation. Mears, who has a long history of practicing and teaching environmental law, will begin work this week.

He is also a former director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Clinic at the school

He succeeds ELC Director Melissa Scanlan, who will continue as director of the school’s New Economy Law Center, which she cofounded in 2015.

“As I think about our goals for the future, I find inspiration in the Vermont Law School motto, ‘law for the community and the world,’” Mears said.

“We must prepare our graduates to work at the local, national and international levels This is especially true with regard to climate change, the greatest single threat humanity has ever faced.”

Mears has held a number of positions in state and federal government, mostly in Texas and Washington.

VLS established the Environmental Law Center in 1978 and offers more than 64 courses related to the environment and environmental law, more than any other law school in the United States.

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