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Brenda Brickhouse MERL'18

Christopher Smith

Brenda has had a long career in the environmental field. She is the Vice-President of Environment and Energy Policy for the Tennessee Valley Authority, a federally funded corporation created by congressional charter in 1933. Brenda chose the VLS Masters distance learning program “because it offers an opportunity for those unable to access law school to gain some of that experience as well as significantly strengthen their ability to make a difference in the world and enhance their careers. Working in environmental and energy policy often entails working with lawyers in many capacities, so having a common language and approach is extremely helpful to working together on difficultissues. For me, law school was out of reach because I was not able to quit work and move to a city with a quality law school; but I was able to progress through the on-line program and supplement that experience with summer sessions in Vermont. Now I find VLS grads working for industry, government, and non-profits with whom I have an immediate connection and who value their education and skills and subsequent opportunities to work across the spectrum of ideologies toward meaningful and durable solutions.

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