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Jackie Gardina

Visiting Professor

University of Iowa, BA, 1988
Boston University, MSW 1993
Boston College Law School 1999

Professor Jackie Gardina specializes in four main areas: civil procedure; administrative law; bankruptcy, with a special emphasis on environmental obligations in bankruptcy; and 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 Masters 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 U.S. 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, University of Oregon and Santa Clara University. She is recognized as an accomplished teacher, receiving the VLS Student Bar Association Faculty Service Member Award six times and the Women’s Law Group Phenomenal Woman award twice. She is advisor to the Alliance, the LGBTQI student group at VLS. In addition to her teaching duties, she has spoken and written on a variety of topics, including the Solomon Amendment, the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, and the intersection of the Defense of Marriage Act and the bankruptcy code. She is the co-president of the Society of American Law Teachers, a former member of the Association of American Law Teachers Government Relations Committee and a former board member of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.

Selected Publications:

Jackie Gardina, Same-Sex Marriage in Bankruptcy: A Path Out of the Public Policy Quagmire, NORTON ANN. SURV. of L. & PRAC. (September 2013).

Jackie Gardina, Bankruptcy and the Unresolved DOMA Questions, 22 NORTON J. BANKR. L & PRAC. 2, Art. I (April 2013).

Jackie Gardina and Ray Obuchowski, New Perspectives: Property Settlements in Same Sex Divorces, DOMA and Bankruptcy Trustee Avoiding Powers, 28 NAT. ASSOC. OF BANKR. TRUSTEES (NABTalk) 32 (Winter 2012).

Jackie Gardina, The Defense of Marriage Act, Same-Sex Relationships & the Bankruptcy Code (Federal Judicial Center, Spring 2011)

Jackie Gardina, Federal Preemption: A Roadmap for Application of Tribal Law in State Courts, 35 AM. IND. L. REV. 1 (Spring 2011)

Blog Posts:

Marriage Equality, State Power and the Bible, HUFFINGTON POST, June 21, 2012 available at

DOMA and the States’ Rights Trap, HUFFINGTON POST, Dec. 3, 2012

To Professional Athletes: Get Over It, HUFFINGTON POST, March 5, 2013

Visible Family Ties, HUFFINGTON POST, June 25, 2013