Teresa B. Clemmer, Senior Attorney
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.
- Author of white paper entitled Looking Ahead: Energy Cost in Interior Alaska (June 2014)
- Author of Agriculture & The Clean Air Act, chapter in Bill Eubanks et al. eds., FOOD, AGRICULTURE, AND ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (2013)
- Author of Staving Off the Climate Crisis: The Sectoral Approach Under the Clean Air Act, 40 ENVTL. L. 1125 (2011)
- Author of student note entitled Responsibility and Liability for Environmental Damage: A Roadmap for International Environmental Regimes, 10 GEO. INT’L ENV. L. REV. 257 (1998)
- Presentation entitled Renewable Energy in Alaska at Mat-Su Democrats Egan Dinner, Palmer AK (April 2018)
- Panelist in Renewable Energy Forum at Noel Wien Library, Fairbanks AK (April 2017)
- Panelist in The Importance of Utility and Tax Laws for the Transition to Renewable Energy at Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, University of Oregon, Eugene OR (Mar. 2016)
- Presentation entitled “Waters of the United States,” Regulatory Jurisdiction Under the Clean Water Act: EPA Rule and Case Law Update at Alaska Bar Association Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section Meeting (Sept. 2015)
- Co-taught spring semester Environmental Law course at Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage AK (Spring 2015)
- Presentation entitled Wind Power: Affordable Energy for the Interior at Energy in Alaska Conference, Law Seminars International, Anchorage AK (Dec. 2013)
- Presentation entitled Hydraulic Fracturing in Alaska at Northwest Tribal Water Rights Conference, Anchorage AK (Oct. 2013)
- 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)
- Co-presenter in podcast entitled What Can and Should City Planners Be Doing to Adapt to the Inevitable Threats and Crises Posed by Climate Change?, Vermont Law School, South Royalton VT (June 2010)
- Panelist in The Clean Air Act at a Crossroads: Turning 40, Confronting Climate Change at Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland OR (April 22-23, 2010)
- Panelist in Environmental Justice Workshop at Solutions Conference, Vermont Law School, South Royalton VT (Mar. 2009)
- Panelist in Tools for Addressing Climate Change Under the Existing Clean Air Act at Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, University of Oregon, Eugene OR (Feb. 2009)
- Panelist in Addressing Contaminated Sites Workshop at Environmental Action 2008 Conference at Vermont Technical College, Randolph VT (November 2008)
- Panelist in Environmental Litigation Workshop at National Association of Environmental Law Students Conference / Solutions Conference, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT (March 2008)
- Presentation entitled Due Diligence in Environmental Aspects of Real Property Transactions to the Anchorage Association of Women Lawyers, Anchorage AK (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, Anchorage AK (November 2002)
- Presentation of articles published in Environmental & Natural Resources Section Update at the Alaska Bar Convention, Anchorage AK (May 2002)
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