Colin Hagen

Colin Hagan


Colin Hagan earned his law degree from Vermont Law School in 2012. He was an editor of the Vermont Law Review, a member of the National Environmental Law Moot Court Team and a Research Associate at the Institute for Energy and the Environment.

After graduating from Furman University in South Carolina, Colin received a Compton Mentor Fellowship, through which he published a grassroots guide to local climate impacts in the state. Colin later helped to advance federal climate and energy policies as a Federal Policy Associate at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. He represented the organization before Members of Congress, helped organize congressional briefings and draft legislation, and authored numerous articles about the potential for energy efficiency and renewable energy generation in the Southeast. Colin also helped lead the organization’s response to the Tennessee Valley Authority’s 2008 coal ash spill.

While in law school, Colin worked on Clean Air Act litigation as a Summer Law Clerk with the Clean Air Task Force in Boston, MA, and researched constitutional issues related to federal environmental policy as a Research Assistant for the Environmental Tax Policy Institute at Vermont Law School. In 2011, Colin joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of General Counsel’s Summer Honors Program, where he worked on issues related to climate change and air pollution in the Air and Radiation Law Office. At the Institute for Energy and the Environment, Colin researched regulatory issues related to Smart Grid deployment for a project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy in addition to policies related to renewable energy integration into the electric grid. He also researched renewable portfolio standards, energy efficiency financing, and liability for carbon capture and sequestration projects.

Colin is the author of numerous editorials, articles, and reports on the research topics listed above. He is also frequently consultant on research and advocacy related to these issues.

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
Vermont Law School, JD
Current Position:
Senior Associate Attorney
Shlansky Law Group
Energy & Climate Change
Environmental Policy & Law
Currently Working On:
Privacy for smart grid data; integrating renewable energy into the electric grid; regulating lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation.
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Boston, Massachusetts 02118
(202) 337-1068

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