Vermont Law School Professor Jackie Gardina specializes writes and speaks on sexual orientation and gender identity issues. At Vermont Law School, she has taught Administrative Law, Bankruptcy and Environmental Law, Civil Procedure, and Federal Courts. Professor Gardina received her BA degree in political science from the University of Iowa in 1988 and her MSW in social work from Boston University in 1993. Before attending law school, she worked as an outpatient clinical social worker. Six years later, she graduated magna cum laude from Boston College Law School. Upon graduation, she clerked for Chief Judge William Young of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and then for the Honorable Levin Campbell of the First Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition, she was an associate at the Boston firm of Choate, Hall, and Stewart, where she practiced in the commercial litigation department. Before joining the Vermont Law School faculty in 2003, Professor Gardina was an adjunct professor at Boston College Law School and a special guest lecturer at Landmark College. She has also taught at the University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law. Professor Gardina is recognized as an accomplished teacher, receiving the VLS Student Bar Association Faculty Service Member Award in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 and is advisor to the Alliance student group. In addition to her teaching duties, Professor Gardina has spoken and written on a variety of topics including learning disabilities in higher education, bankruptcy, the Solomon Amendment and Don't Ask Don't Tell. She is a former Governing Board Member of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) and the former co-president of Society of American Law Teachers (SALT).