Dear Online Learning Community,
It is with great sadness that I share the news that Professor Jack Tuholske died on Saturday, October 17. Jack pioneered Online Learning instruction here at Vermont Law School and taught with us through Summer 2020 before handing the baton to the next generation of teachers. His presence and impact will live on in the courses he developed, the students he taught, and the example he set. Tenacious and full of grit, Jack’s passion for the great outdoors was infectious. He showed a generation of aspiring law and policymakers that it is possible to align personal and professional pursuits. In Dean Rushlow’s email below, you can learn more about Jack’s reach, and how VLS with further his legacy with the creation of the Tuholske Institute of Environmental Field Studies. The heart of VLS is with his family and friends.
Sarah M. Reiter
Faculty Director of Online Learning & Assistant Professor of Law
Vermont Law School
164 Chelsea Street, P.O. Box 96, South Royalton, VT 05068
T: 802.831.1241 / F: 802.831.1117
Dear VLS Community,
Today we received the sad news that Professor Jack Tuholske died on Saturday, October 17, after a long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family at his home in Montana. One of Jack’s last acts was to cast his vote for President of the United States, with his granddaughter on his lap.
Jack was on the VLS faculty for twenty years and taught a variety of courses for us. He created the Public Lands Management: Montana Field Course, which took students on a two-week backpacking trip into the wilderness to learn public lands law and how to stay safe in grizzly country. Jack directed the Water and Justice Program. He was a key member of the U.S.-Asia Partnerships for Environmental Law program and made many trips to China to teach judges and lawyers about the emerging field of environmental law in China. He made personal friends with the judges on the Supreme People's Court. Jack was also one of the pioneers of the VLS online master's program, and has been a multi-faceted instructor over the years.
Beyond VLS, Jack was among the country's leading public interest environmental lawyers. He has over 50 reported decisions to his credit, most of them victories. He set precedents under many federal and state laws. His accomplishments led his peers to create a special award in his honor for outstanding contributions to conservation.
Jack has left a wonderful legacy for legal education and environmental protection, and his mentoring of young lawyers will ensure that his good works will continue. To further his legacy, VLS is in the process of creating the Tuholske Institute of Environmental Field Studies to advance Jack’s work in deep field-based experiential education.
Jack was a dear friend and colleague to many of us at VLS. Our hearts go out to his family and the many friends he made across the world.
Photo courtesy of Professor Pat Parenteau. Description: Professor Jack Tuholske, apparently carrying a surfboard on his head while walking on a beach.