Patrick A. Parenteau
Professor of Law
Senior Counsel, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic
Vermont Law School
Professor Patrick A. Parenteau, formerly director of Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center and of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, is recognized for his expertise regarding endangered species and biological diversity, water quality and wetlands, environmental policy and litigation, and land use and property rights. Parenteau received his bachelors degree in business administration from Regis College in 1969 and his juris doctor degree from Creighton University in 1972. He served as staff counsel for the Legal Aid Society of Omaha, Nebraska, and then earned his masters of laws degree from George Washington University in 1975.
From 1976 to 1984, he worked with the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, DC. From 1984 to 1987, he served as regional counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region I, in Boston. 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. 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 Vermont Law School, where he now serves as senior counsel. He also teaches at Dartmouth College as an adjunct professor in environmental studies. Professor Parenteau is the recipient of the 2006 National Conservation Achievement Award in the Legislative division, presented by the National Wildlife Federation.