Virtual Guest Speakers

March 18:

Kain v. DEP - Climate Litigation in State Court
Dean Jennifer K. Rushlow

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Short Biography of the Speaker 

Jennifer K. Rushlow is the Associate Dean for Environmental Programs, Director of the Environmental Law Center, Acting Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, and Associate Professor of Law at Vermont Law School.

Professor Rushlow received a BA from Oberlin College in 2004 and a JD/MPH from Northeastern University School of Law and Tufts Medical School in 2007. Prior to joining the faculty at Vermont Law School, Professor Rushlow was a Senior Attorney and Director of Farm and Food at Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) in Boston. Before that, she worked in private practice at the law firm Anderson & Kreiger in Boston. In her practice she appeared in state and federal court and before administrative adjudicative bodies and lobbied legislative bodies.

Professor Rushlow has expertise in a wide range of environmental issues, including climate change, agriculture, transportation, and environmental justice. Professor Rushlow argued and won a landmark climate law case before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Kain v. Department of Environmental Protection, 474 Mass. 278 (2016). She was named a 2016 Lawyer of the Year by Mass Lawyers Weekly for her work on the case. Professor Rushlow was also appointed to serve on the Massachusetts Zero Emission Vehicle Commission by Governor Deval Patrick in 2015. Most recently, Professor Rushlow focused on food and agriculture advocacy. Professor Rushlow created and led CLF’s Legal Food Hub, a free legal services clearinghouse for farmers and food businesses, for its first five years. Mayor Martin Walsh honored Professor Rushlow with a Greenovate Boston Award in 2016 for her work on the Legal Food Hub.

Professor Rushlow’s advocacy has been regularly covered in the media, including by NPR, the Boston Globe, the Boston Business Journal, E&E News, Inside Climate News, Civil Eats and others. Professor Rushlow has published chapters focused on zoning and municipal law and their intersection with the environment.

Professor Rushlow is admitted to the Massachusetts State Bar, as well as the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First and Ninth Circuits.

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