Vermont loses environmental director

David Mears, the director of Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center, is leaving his post to pursue other options in environmental advocacy.

The move comes at a time when the law school is cutting staff and removing tenure from 12 faculty. But Mears has not said whether his departure is related to the cutbacks.

Mears was a professor at the law school from 2005 until 2011, when he was appointed Vermont’s commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation. He returned to the law school in 2015 and took over the Environmental Law Center last year.

The Environmental Law Center is a key part of the law school’s identity and its highest-ranked specialty. Thomas McHenry, president of the school has said environmental law will remain a strong part of the curricula.

“It’s an exciting and important time in the environmental law and policy world,” Mears told the Vermont Digger, an online news source. “[I hope to remain] “engaged in moving the needle in a positive way.”

Mears obtained his J.D. and master’s in environmental law and policy from the school in 1991.



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