Seattle U Law professor named a Distinguished Summer Scholar

January 29, 2019

Photo of Carmen GonzalezVermont Law School  has honored Professor Carmen Gonzalez as a Distinguished International Environmental Law Scholar for 2019. Gonzalez teaches torts and environmental law at Seattle University School of Law.

Each year, Vermont Law School invites leaders in environmental law and policy to serve as scholars in residence during the summer session. Each scholar delivers a public lecture and participates in campus events. According to Vermont Law, “These distinguished visitors are a significant intellectual resource for our summer students and also offer valuable networking opportunities.”

"Professor Gonzalez is an internationally renowned scholar and educator with a deep commitment to environmental justice, and we are exceedingly proud that she has been chosen for this prestigious honor," Dean Annette Clark '89 said. 

A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, Gonzalez has served as assistant regional counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and practiced law at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro. Widely published in the areas of international environmental law, environmental justice, human rights and the environment, and food security, Gonzalez recently published a new book, "Energy Justice:  U.S. and International Perspectives."  

In spring of 2017, she received a similar honor by being named the George Soros Visiting Chair at the Central European University School of Public Policy in Budapest, Hungary, which is awarded to scholars who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in public policy. 

“Vermont Law School is well known and respected for its outstanding environmental law program. I am honored to serve as the 2019 Distinguished International Environmental Law Scholar, and look forward to sharing my work with students and colleagues,” Gonzalez said.