Vernon received his B.A., with distinction, in Anthropology from the University of Lethbridge. He went to the London School of Economics in England for his Masters degree (again with distinction) in Social Anthropolgy. From 1998 to 2005, Vernon taught as a lecturer at the University of Regina, in Saskatchewan. Vernon was the Corona Coordinator for Student Legal Services for the 2007-2008 year. He was selected in 2007 as the recipient of the Alberta Environmental Appeal Board’s prize in environmental law. Vernon continues to excel and represents his clients in an exemplary fashion.