Ligia Smith

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Personal Profile

Ligia Smith works primarily analyzing state and federal laws, policy, and regulations regarding permitting and licensing processes required for energy projects. Prior to joining NREL, she clerked at the Rhode Island Superior Court and worked as an associate in private law practice. She has a background in environmental and natural resources law, energy law, and regulatory compliance from previous work at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic at Vermont Law School. 

Research Interests

Environmental laws, policy and regulations

Environmental regulatory compliance

Legal and regulatory impacts on energy projects

Renewable energy and transmission project development and implementation

Professional Experience

Associate, Sulloway & Hollis, PLLC, Providence, RI (2016-2018)

Law Clerk, Rhode Island Superior Court, Providence, RI (2015-2016)

Judicial Extern, Vermont Supreme Court, Montpelier, VT (2015)

Law Clerk, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Montpelier, VT (2014)

Student Clinician, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, South Royalton, VT (2013) 

Education/Academic Qualification

Bachelor, Political Science, University of Rhode Island

JD, Vermont Law School


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