Moderators

Patrick A. Parenteau, Senior Counsel to the Environmental & Natural Resources Law Clinic and Professor of Law

Parenteau_FullProfessor Patrick A. Parenteau, formerly director of Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center and of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, has a broad background in environmental and natural resources law spanning over three decades. He is recognized for his expertise regarding endangered species and biological diversity, water quality and wetlands, environmental policy and litigation, and climate change.

Professor Parenteau received his BS degree in business administration from Regis College in 1969 and his JD degree from Creighton University in 1972. He served as staff counsel for the Legal Aid Society of Omaha, Nebraska, and then earned his LLM degree from George Washington University in 1975. From 1976 to 1984, he held three positions with the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, DC: counsel, director of the resources defense division, and vice president for conservation. During this period, he also served as an adjunct professor at Vermont Law School, at George Washington University, and at the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College. From 1984 to 1987, he served as regional counsel for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region I, in Boston, during which time he helped establish national precedent for wetlands protection (Sweedens Swamp/Attleboro Mall). Professor Parenteau served as commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation from 1987 to 1989, then was of counsel to the firm of Perkins Coie in Portland, Oregon, from 1989 to 1993. He served as special counsel to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service during the spotted owl exemption proceedings in 1991 to 1992. In 1993, he returned to Vermont to assume the directorship of the Environmental Law Center, a position he held through 1998. In 2003, he helped found and directed the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic at VLS, where he now serves as senior counsel. Professor Parenteau has lectured on environmental issues in the Czech Republic, Cuba, Russia, and China. Professor Parenteau is the recipient of the National Wildlife Federation’s 2006 National Conservation Achievement Award for his lifelong commitment to conservation action and education.

Vermont Law School webpage.

Jennifer S. Taub, Associate Professor of Law

Taub_newProfessor Jennifer S. Taub researches and writes in the areas of financial reform, corporate governance, and mutual fund regulation. Her book on the decades of regulatory failure that enabled the Financial Crisis is forthcoming in 2014 with Yale Press.

Professor Taub joined the faculty of Vermont Law School in 2011 after serving as coordinator of the Business Law Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Isenberg School of Management. Prior to joining academia, she was an associate general counsel with Fidelity Investments. She received her BA degree, cum laude, from Yale College, with distinction in the English major, and her JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. She teaches business law courses, including Contracts, Corporations, and Securities Regulation.

In addition to her in-progress book, she has written extensively on the financial crisis. Her publications include a case study on American International Group in Robert A. G. Monks and Nell Minow’s fifth edition of “Corporate Governance.” In addition, she has published “The Sophisticated Investor and the Global Financial Crisis” in “Corporate Governance Failures: The Role of Institutional Investors in the Global Financial Crisis” (Hawley, Kamath, and Williams, eds.) Additional works include a chapter titled “What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Banking” in the Oxford University Press “Handbook on the Political Economy of the Financial Crisis” (Epstein and Wolfson, eds.) Additionally, she was commissioned to write entries on “Shadow Banking” and “Financial Deregulation” for the “Oxford Encyclopedia of American Business, Labor and Economic History” (forthcoming, Oxford University Press).

Professor Taub’s corporate governance work often focuses on the role of institutional investors, including mutual funds. Her article “Able but Not Willing: The Failure of Mutual Fund Advisers to Advocate for Shareholders’ Rights” was published in 2009 in the Journal of Corporation Law. This paper was initially presented at a conference jointly sponsored by the Yale School of Management, Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and the Oxford Said Business School. Her paper titled “Managers in the Middle: Seeing and Sanctioning Corporate Political Spending after Citizens United” was presented at the New York University Law School, Brennan Center for Justice, in 2011.

In addition to scholarly work, Professor Taub has written for a variety of blogs, including The Baseline Scenario, The Race to the Bottom, and the Pareto Commons, and she has been interviewed on Market Place, MarketWatch, The Wall Street Journal online, and other national and regional media outlets.

Jennifer Taub on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jentaub

Vermont Law School webpage.

Laurie Beyranevand, Assistant Director of the Center for Food & Agriculture Systems (CAFS) and Associate Professor Law

Beyranevan_FullLaurie Beyranevand is the Assistant Director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) and an Associate Professor of Law. She teaches Food Regulation and Policy, Public Law as a Complex System, Communications, Advocacy and Leadership, Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation, and Advanced Writing for Dispute Resolution. She has served as the faculty advisor to the National Animal Law Moot Court Competition teams, and the ABA Negotiations and Client Counseling Teams.

Professor Beyranevand received a BA from Rutgers College in 1999 and a JD from Vermont Law School in 2003. She clerked in the Environmental Division of the Vermont Attorney General’s Office and also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Marie E. Lihotz in New Jersey. ¬†Prior to joining the faculty at Vermont Law School, Professor Beyranevand was a Staff Attorney at Vermont Legal Aid where she represented adults and children in individual cases and class action litigation involving health law issues.¬† In that capacity, she appeared in state and federal court, as well as before administrative adjudicative bodies, and served as an appointed member of the Human Rights Committee.

Professor Beyranevand is an Executive Committee Member of the Agriculture and Food Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools, a member of the Vermont Bar Association, and a volunteer for the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link. She is admitted to both the New York and Vermont State Bars, as well as the U.S. District Court, District of Vermont.

Professor Beyranevand’s research and scholarship focuses on the connections between food and health, specifically considering issues arising from food safety and regulation.

Vermont Law School webpage.

Ross Sneyd, Former News Director at Vermont Public Radio

Ross SneydRoss joined VPR in 2007 and oversaw the production of up to nine daily newscasts on the state-wide network. A veteran journalist, Ross worked with The Associated Press for 18 years, including 16 in Vermont covering politics, state government and the state Legislature. He has covered the presidential primaries in New Hampshire, the presidential campaign of Howard Dean and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Ross left Vermont Public Radio in May of 2013 and in June 2013, joined the Corporate Communications Department at National Life Group, a financial services company based in Montpelier.

Ross Sneyd on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RossSneyd