TERESA B. CLEMMER, Senior Attorney

TeresaClemmer Teresa B. Clemmer counsels and represents clients concerning a wide array of environmental and natural resource issues. Ms. Clemmer litigated cases in the federal district courts of Alaska, California, Maine, and Washington, D.C., as well as the First Circuit and Ninth Circuit courts of appeal. She has also advocated for clients before a wide array of federal, state, and local agencies concerning environmental and natural resource issues.

Ms. Clemmer has many years of experience in the following areas of environmental and natural resource law:

• Public land management
• Alternative Energy
• Air quality
• Water and wetlands
• Endangered species

Before joining Bessenyey & Van Tuyn, Ms. Clemmer spent four years as an associate professor at Vermont Law School, whose environmental law program is consistently ranked number one in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Ms. Clemmer taught courses on air pollution, environmental law, and climate change and served as acting director of the law school’s Environmental & Natural Resources Law.

Prior to her tenure at Vermont Law School, Ms. Clemmer counseled private sector clients in Alaska on many types of environmental permitting and regulatory compliance issues, as well as contaminated site cleanups. She also represented conservation and sporting groups, individuals, and Alaska Native clients on a broad range of issues, including National Forest management, BLM land use planning, highway development, oil and gas development, resource extraction, wildlife conservation, and oil spill prevention and response.

Ms. Clemmer received her law degree with honors from Georgetown University Law Center in 1999 and her undergraduate degree with honors from Princeton University in 1994. While at Georgetown, she served on the Georgetown

International Environmental Law Review and received the prestigious James John McTigue Essay Award. In her free time, she explores the mountains, rivers, and coastline of Alaska and engages in a wide variety of outdoor activities with her husband and daughter. She also volunteers in educational settings and serves on the boards of non-profit organizations.

Sample Publications & Presentations

• Panelist in Hydrofracturing: Water Protection at Northwest Tribal Water Rights Conference (October 2013).

• Author of Agriculture & The Clean Air Act, chapter in Bill Eubanks et al. eds., FOOD, AGRICULTURE, AND ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (2013) (excerpt also to appear in new edition of CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE LAW by Chris Wold, David Hunter, and Melissa Powers, published by Lexis-Nexis).

• Panelist in Looking Back for the Future: Why Traditional Environmental Law Is Still Relevant at Public Interest Environmental Law Conference at University of Oregon School of Law (February 2013).

• Author of Staving Off the Climate Crisis: The Sectoral Approach Under the Clean Air Act, 40 ENVTL. L. 1125 (2011).

• Panelist in The Clean Air Act at a Crossroads: Turning 40, Confronting Climate Change at Lewis & Clark Law School (April 22-23, 2010).

• Panelist in Addressing Contaminated Sites Workshop at Environmental Action 2008 Conference at Vermont Technical College (November 2008)

• Panelist in Environmental Litigation Workshop at National Association of Environmental Law Students Conference / Vermont Law School Solutions Conference (March 2008)

• Presentation entitled Due Diligence in Environmental Aspects of Real Property Transactions to the Anchorage Association of Women Lawyers (May 2003)

• Presentation entitled Recent Developments in Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan and Facility Response Plan (FRP) Regulations at the Alaska Municipal Attorneys Association Convention (November 2002)

• Presentation of articles published in Environmental & Natural Resources Section Update at the Alaska Bar Convention (May 2002)

• Author of note entitled Responsibility and Liability for Environmental Damage: A Roadmap for International Environmental Regimes, 10 GEO. INT’L ENV. L. REV. 257 (1998).

Teresa B. Clemmer, Senior Attorney • teresa@bvt-law.com