Ms. Jay's conservation practice is devoted to ensuring the permanence of conservation through sound land conservation transactions and the defense and enforcement of perpetual conservation easements. She represents and partners with land trusts, government entities, and landowners to conserve working landscapes and environmentally significant properties in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West. She actively engages conservation professionals, land trusts, and landowners in conservation workshops, and guides the next generation of land conservationists through her conservation law courses at the Vermont Law School, and the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law.
Ms. Jay is happy to confer with you by phone or in person for a free consultation.
She continues her research, development, and publication of protecting the perpetual nature of conservation easements, enforcement and defense of conservation easements, and legal defense and enforcement mechanisms for easement holders, and currently is preparing a legal handbook for land conservation law. Ms. Jay collaborates with the land trust community to facilitate conservation transactions, enable defense and enforcement of conservation easements, and to research, develop, and implement guidance relating to the perpetual nature of conservation easements. Ms. Jay represents landowners and easement holders in land conservation transactions and specializes in ensuring that easement donors benefit from local, state, and federal tax incentives for land conservation and that land is protected with a perpetual and defensible deed of conservation easement. She is general counsel for and/or represents several prominent easement holders in Colorado, including the Aspen Valley Land Trust, Colorado Open Lands, and the Eagle Valley Land Trust, and has facilitated numerous successful and enduring conservation transactions over her fourteen-year career in land conservation law.
As the importance of perpetual stewardship, legal defense, and enforcement of conservation easements is recognized as critical in ensuring the permanence of land conservation in an evolving world, Ms. Jay guides conservation easement drafting, defense, enforcement, and stewardship to ensure the permanence of conservation easements forever. She has published several law review articles and texts on these subjects, which currently are available on/linked to this website, and promotes thoughtful discussion of the same through her highly interactive presentations, workshops, and law courses.
Prior to founding her conservation law firm, Ms. Jay practiced conservation, real estate, and environmental law for several years with Isaacson Rosenbaum, P.C.; prior to that, she spent a year clerking for the honorable Peter H. Ney of the Colorado Court of Appeals.
Ms. Jay received her Juris Doctor (magna cum laude) and her Master of Studies in Environmental Law (summa cum laude) from the Vermont Law School, where she was the senior articles editor for the Vermont Law Review, a member of the Debevoise Moot Court Board, and a teaching Dean's Fellow. She currenlty teaches Land Conservation Law at the Vermont Law School and the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law. Ms. Jay received her undergraduate bachelor of arts from Bowdoin College, graduating magna cum laude with high honors in a coordinate major of government and environmental studies, and a minor in biology.