This fall, three distinctive professors, Amy Hardberger, Ramona Lampley and Angela Walch, joined the faculty at St. Mary’s University School of Law.

Prior to St. Mary’s, Hardberger, a registered professional geoscientist who earned her law degree at Texas Tech University, served as an attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). There, she was national co-leader for the National Petroleum Council Environmental and Regulatory Section Study, led the partnership with cities and interfaced with Texas state agencies on municipal water conservation policies, and was the lead on the organization’s efforts to stop authorization of TXU Energy’s proposed coal plants. She also created and authored a blog on Texas water policy.

Before EDF, Hardberger clerked for the Hon. William Wayne Justice, Eastern District, and worked as an environmental consultant and project manager for Universe Technologies, Inc., at Kelly Air Force Base. She began her teaching career as a visiting professor at Texas Tech University School of Law teaching Land Use Planning, International Water Law and Texas Environmental Law among others.

Lampley graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2004, where she was named Outstanding Graduate from the National Association of Women Lawyers. Following law school, she served as a law clerk for The Hon. Harris L Hartz who sits on The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She then practiced complex civil litigation at Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP in Denver, where she specialized in commercial class action disputes, corporate disputes, arbitration enforcement, punitive damages, and professional malpractice.

While in Denver, she was chair of the Board of Directors for The Gathering Place, a day shelter that provides a wide range of services to individuals in need. Lampley was also named one of Denver Business Journal’s 2012 “Forty under Forty” promising business professionals and a Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2011.

Walch graduated from Harvard Law School in 2002, where she was selected to the Board of Student Advisors and taught Legal Research and Writing. She practiced corporate law at the firm of Ropes & Gray in Boston; her practice included venture capital, life sciences, and emerging companies work. After Ropes & Gray, Walch served as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at Harvard University. While at Harvard, she advised on general transactional matters and federal grants for international projects. Walch also practiced transactional law in London, where she worked in-house for a large British supermarket chain and served as general counsel for a venture-backed consumer events company with events and offices around the world.

At St. Mary’s, she teaches Corporate Planning and plans to teach in transactional law subjects. Her research interests include the laws around money and currency, crisis lawmaking, and the intersection between the two.

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