2013 COP19/CMP9 Delegation

Heather CalderwoodCalderwood
MERL ’14

Born and raised in Saipan, CNMI, Heather Calderwood is currently a Master’s in Energy Regulation and Law student at Vermont Law School where she works as a Research Associate at the Institute for Energy and the Environment. Prior to entering law school, Heather graduated with honors from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa with a degree in political science. Previously, she worked in the Hawai’i State Senate as a legislative assistant. Heather can be reached at: heathercalderwood@vermontlaw.edu


Heather CroshawCroshaw
LLM ’14, JD ’13

Heather Croshaw graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a BA in politics and a minor in chemistry. Then, she earned a masters of environmental management (MEM) with a focus on environmental economics and policy and international development from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. In May 2013, Heather graduated from the Juris Doctor program at Vermont Law School (VLS) and is now pursuing an LLM in environmental law, focusing on international and environmental law and policy. During her time at VLS, Heather has participated in the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law as a joint research fellow, a human rights fellow with the Center for Applied Human Rights at VLS, and attended the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP18) United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Doha, Qatar, as a student representative of VLS.  You can follow Heather on Twitter @HeatherCroshaw, on her blog: Legal & Green, or contact her at hcroshaw@vermontlaw.edu.


Alisha FalbergFalberg
LLM ’14

Alisha earned her JD from the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law in May 2013. After deciding her passion was for environmental law, Alisha decided to pursue this practice at Vermont Law School (VLS), where she is currently an environmental law LLM candidate. Alisha has also received her MA in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and her BA from the University of Michigan. Alisha’s article, The Living are Getting Rarer: The Causes and Consequences of the International Trade in White Rhinoceros Horns Under the Conventions on International Trade in Endangered Species, was recently published in the Penn State Journal of Law and International Affairs. Alisha is currently working on the Biomass Team for the Institute for Energy and the Environment at VLS. She was articles editor for Penn State’s Journal of Law and International Affairs, a competitor on Penn State Law’s Environmental Moot Court Team, and captain of Penn State Law’s National Trial Team. Originally from Michigan, Alisha has a passion for the Great Lakes and water quality issues, as well as a deep love for all animals and wildlife. She is very excited to be working with the Wildlife Conservation Society while at COP 19. Alisha can be reached at alishafalberg@vermontlaw.edu.


Nora GreenglassGreenglass
JD/MELP ’15

Nora Greenglass is a second year J.D. and Masters of Environmental Law and Policy candidate at Vermont Law School (VLS). She holds a BA in geology and environmental studies from Middlebury College and a masters of environmental management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences. Prior to coming to VLS, Nora worked on domestic and international policy initiatives related to land use and land-use change, climate change, and sustainable development. She is interested in the legal frameworks necessary for the implementation of strong climate change and sustainable development efforts at the local, national, and international levels. Nora is currently the secretary of the VLS chapter of the International Law Society and is on the staff of the Vermont Law Review. She also continues to work as a consultant on issues related to greenhouse gas accounting and land-use change. You may contact Nora at noragreenglass@vermontlaw.edu.


R. Christopher KnowlesChristopher Knowles
JD ’15

R. Christopher Knowles is a second year JD student at Vermont Law School (VLS), and a first year master of economics student at Johns Hopkins University. Originally from Nassau, Bahamas, he graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte with a BA in economics. Prior to coming to VLS, Christopher worked as a Lobbyist for ICODA European Affairs preparing market data for the European Insurance Sector. While at VLS, Christopher has formed the Caribbean Sustainable Development Organization aimed at increasing economic growth throughout the Caribbean. You may reach him at randolphknowles@vermontlaw.edu.


Dorothea ReinertThea Reinert Blog Pic
JD/MELP ’15

Thea Reinert is a second year JD and master of environmental law and policy student at Vermont Law School (VLS). She is originally from Seattle, Washington and graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in biology. While there, she served as the policy director and Danish translator for the Cascade Climate Network’s delegation to COP15 in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is currently a research associate at VLS’s Institute for Energy and the Environment, focusing on Arctic oil drilling issues.


Daniel SchreiberDan Bio Pic
JD ’15

Dan Schreiber is originally from Haddam, Connecticut. He graduated from the University of Central Florida (UCF), where he majored in Biology with a minor in Energy and Sustainability. At UCF, Dan conducted research on the Urban Heat Island Effect, studied birds striking windows, and found inspiration in grassroots environmentalism with the international group Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions (IDEAS). Dan is a JD candidate for 2015 at Vermont Law School, where he is a staff editor for the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. Over the summer Dan was a legal intern for the Department of the Interior Solicitor’s Office Division of General Law in Washington DC, working on the Department’s Scientific Integrity policy. Dan’s personal email is DJGSchreiber@gmail.com.


Taylor C. SmithT Smith
MELP ’14

Taylor Smith is from Rumford, Maine. She graduated from Trinity Washington University with a BA in international affairs. She is currently a master of environmental law and policy student at Vermont Law School (VLS). She has previously interned with the Sierra Club and Green America in Washington, DC. Taylor is a research associate for the Institute for Energy and the Environmental at VLS. Her research team, headed by Professor Benjamin K. Sovacool, focuses specifically on energy poverty and justice matters across the globe. Taylor is interested in following and understanding the linkage between gender and climate change at COP19. She plans to track the COP18 decision calling for gender balance and improving the participation of women in the UNFCCC negotiations as well as in the representation of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol. She also plans to develop research and write on the ramifications of women in developing countries being greatly impacted by the adverse effects of climate change.


Lindsay SpeerSpeer
MELP ’14

Lindsay Speer is currently a masters in environmental law and policy student at Vermont Law School (VLS) and research associate with the VLS Center for Agricultural and Food Systems.  Lindsay previously worked in Syracuse, NY as a community organizer on environmental issues for the General Counsel to the Onondaga Nation.  Environmental justice and international relations, particularly regarding the rights of indigenous peoples, was a key part of this work and informs her approach to COP19.  She has a BS cum laude in natural resources from Cornell University and a certificate in permaculture design from the Permaculture Institute of Northern California.  Follow her @careoftheearth.