Jody Prescott works as a federal attorney in the areas of commercial litigation and environmental law.  He has been teaching at UVM since 2012.  He returned to Vermont after serving 25 years as an Army Judge Advocate.  While in the Army, he served as an appellate attorney; senior defense counsel in Stuttgart, Germany; Chief of International & Operational Claims in Mannheim, Germany; Claims Chief in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, with the NATO Implementation Force; deputy general counsel and then general counsel for U.S. Army Alaska in Anchorage; staff attorney and legal observer/trainer at Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia, and the Joint Warfare Centre in Stavanger, Norway.  His final operational assignment was as the Chief Legal Advisor, Kabul, Afghanistan, with the NATO International Security Assistance Force, 2008-2009.  He was an assistant professor at the Army Command & General Staff College, 2000-2003, and at West Point teaching constitutional law, 2009-2011.

Associations and Affiliations

  • Senior Fellow, West Point Center for the Rule of Law
  • Admitted to Practice, U.S. Supreme Court, 1990
  • Admitted to Practice, Maine Supreme Court, 1986
  • Admitted to Practice, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1987

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Jody’s research and writing focuses on four major evolving international security topics:  gender, climate change, ethics and cyber.  He is the author of Armed Conflict, Women and Climate Change (Routledge 2018), and co-author of Ordinary Soldiers: A Case Study in Ethics, Law and Leadership for Tomorrow’s Officers (U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 2014).


  • LLM, Military Law, the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School
  • LLM, International & Comparative Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD, University of Maine School of Law
  • BA,, Zoology, University of Vermont


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Courses Taught

ENVS Courses:

ENVS 293 Environmental Law
ENVS 295 Energy Law and Climate Change

Other Courses:

CIS 095, Cybersecurity Law & Policy
POLS 195, Cyber Policy & Conflict