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Christopher Brooks, J.D., MELP

Assistant Professor in the Environmental Studies and Natural Resource Management

Dunton Hall 223
One Brennan Circle
Poultney, VT 05764-1199
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Phone: (802) 287-8280; Fax: (802) 287-8080

Personal Statement

As a former student and current professor in the liberal arts classroom, I recognize, value, and remain committed to the liberal arts approach to learning. My teaching philosophy is rooted firmly in the idea that a well-rounded education teaches students not only how to think critically, but how to think for themselves. An interdisciplinary pedagogical experience provides students with the opportunity to explore an array of subject areas, be exposed to varying perspectives, and benefit from meaningful personal relationships with their peers and their professors. My liberal arts education shaped the person I am today, and I recognize how this background benefits every context of my personal and professional life. As a teacher my goal is to contribute to a similar experience for my students.

In every one of my classes I strive to highlight the multidimensional nature of environmental studies so that students consider how law, science, politics, economics, and a myriad of social factors all interact to form the environment in which we live and the ways in which we live in it. An interdisciplinary approach provides students with the fundamental knowledge needed to stimulate and encourage critical thinking about environmental problems. Once students attain a solid understanding of theoretical concepts of environmental problem-solving, I help them put the concepts into practice with case studies and class projects that link abstract concepts to real world experience. Teaching at GMC allows me to work with talented students to analyze our most pressing environmental challenges, and together we gain perspective that can help foster innovative, just, and practical law and policy solutions that support environmental, economic, and social progress.

Specific areas of interest include: climate change impacts to water resources (mitigation and adaptation), watershed management and water rights, the Endangered Species Act as a tool to address climate change, the evolution of the Public Trust doctrine, and land-use regulation as a tool to protect local water resources.


J.D., Vermont Law School, May, 2010.
Masters of Environmental Law and Policy, magna cum laude, Vermont Law School, August, 2007.
B.A. History / Political Science, The University of the South, Sewanee, TN, May, 2004.

Academic Positions Held

Green Mountain College, Poultney VT
Visiting Assistant Professor, August 2012-present
Adjunct Professor, Spring 2012
Undergraduate Courses taught: Public Policy and the Environment, Land-Use Planning, Watershed Management and Policy, Voices of Community (writing seminar).
Masters Courses taught: Land Use Regulation, Environmental Administrative Law, History and Philosophy of the Environment

Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT
Adjunct Professor, Fall 2012
Course taught: Environmental Law

Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH
Adjunct Professor, Spring 2012
Course taught: Environmental Law and Policy

Other Experience

Associate for Environmental Policy and the New Economy, Vermont Law School, 2010-2012.
Course Developer, Distance Learning Program, Vermont Law School, 2012.
Pro Bono Attorney, Domestic Violence Emergency (DOVE) program in New Hampshire, 2011-present.
Legal Intern, Southern Environmental Law Center, Atlanta GA, 2009.
Clinician, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, South Royalton, VT, Spring 2009.
Judicial Clerk, Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, 2008.

Professional Memberships

Admitted to the New Hampshire State Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association (Environmental and Natural Resources section)
Member, ABA Water Quality and Wetlands Committee

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