The Board of Trustees of Vermont Law School has appointed Thomas J. P. McHenry as the next president and dean of VLS, effective July 1. McHenry will succeed President and Dean Marc B. Mihaly, who will return to teaching after a period of transition.
Since 1999 McHenry has served as a partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles, Calif., an environmental regulatory and administrative law practice with specializations in air quality, hazardous waste management, environmental transactions, land use and energy. He previously was a partner of Weston Benshoof (formerly McClintock, Weston, now Alston & Bird), 1993-1999, and an associate, 1987-1993. He has provided legal counsel internationally, including on environmental and natural resources legislation in the People’s Republic of China, Laos, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Namibia; and on forestry, wildlife and national parks legislation in West Africa and the Caribbean, for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN). Over the years McHenry has held various teaching positions, including as a member of the Summer Session faculty at VLS, where since 2013 he has taught Environmental Business Transactions and Comparative U.S./France Land Use Law.
McHenry’s nonprofit and community service includes leadership roles with the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Wildlife Conservation Society, California State Parks Foundation, California Waste Association, Santa Lucia Conservancy, Wolf Fund Advisory Board, Center for Large Landscape Conservation, Council on Watershed Health, National Forest Foundation Board, Natural Heritage Institute, Wildlife Trust, and Connecticut Fund for the Environment. He co-chairs the Environmental Leadership Council of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and serves as vice chair of the Roberts Environmental Center at Claremont McKenna College.
McHenry earned a juris doctor at New York University School of Law, a master’s degree at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and a bachelor’s degree at Yale College.