Archived Faculty Scholarship and Impact
- James Gustave Speth and Bill McKibben co-presented at the Town House Forum in Strafford, VT on August 15, 2013. Mr. McKibben gave a lecture, followed by a discussion with Professor Speth, to a crowd of more than 200 people. Both spoke on the need for all to personally and politically combat climate change, particularly the fossil fuel industry.
- Professor Wroth made a presentation on recent amendments to the Vermont Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure and Rules for Family Proceedings at a session of the Legislative Committee on Judicial Rules in Montpelier on August 15, 2013.
- Melissa Scanlan and Stephanie Tai co-authored the article, "Marginalized Monitoring: Adaptively Managing Urban Stormwater," published in the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, vol. 31, no. 1, 2013. As of August 5, 2013, this paper was listed on SSRN Top Ten download list for the following:
AARN: Political Ecology (Topic)
AARN: Politics & Water Use (Sub-Topic)
AARN: Public & Global Health & Emerging Diseases (Topic)
AARN: Urban Studies (Topic)
Environmental Anthropology eJournal
Environmental Justice & Sustainability eJournal
Environmental Law & Policy eJournal
Medical Anthropology eJournal
Natural Resources Law & Policy eJournal
SRPN: Sustainable Development (Topic)
SRPN: Urban Design & Planning (Topic)
SRPN: Waste Management (Topic)
Socially Responsible Investment eJournal
Urban & Transnational Anthropology eJournal
Urban Research eJournal and Waste eJournal
- Richard O. Brooks and James B. Murphy co-authored the book, Aquinas and Modern Law, published by Ashgate Publishing Company, August 2013. This volume collects some of the best recent writings on St. Thomas's philosophy of law and includes a critical examination of Aquinas's theory of the relation between law and morality, his natural law theory, as well as the modern reformulation of his approach to natural rights.
- Janet Milne spoke on August 1, 2013 on "Carbon Taxes: A Path Forward?" as part of the Dartmouth Public Lecture Series, Summer 2013. This series, Leading Voices in Energy, Sustainability, and Security, offers weekly expert speakers from across the country. These one-hour lectures are open to the public and take place at 4:00pm in the Filene Auditorium in Moore Hall on the Dartmouth campus.
Michael Dworkin co-presented with Jay Apt at the invitation of the Energy Resources and the Environment Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners on July 22, 2013, in Denver, Colorado. Their talk, "Improving the Integration of Renewable Energy," summarized joint research on technical and regulatory issues related to integrating renewable resources into the electric grid. This project included Vermont Law School in a Renew-Elec project, co-ordinated by Carnegie Mellon University, and supported by the National Science Foundation.
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- Jennifer Taub was featured on July 21, 2013 in the Washington Post Wonkblog along with 15 other national experts on their reflections of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, specifically on what has gone better than expected and what has gone worse.
- Senior officials from both the U.S. and Chinese governments met on July 10-11, 2013 to participate in a Strategic Track discussion on major bilateral, regional, and global issues, and recommitted to the Strategic & Economic Dialogue (S&ED) role in deepening strategic trust and expanding practical cooperation to build a new model of relations between the United States and China. The dialogue on the Strategic Track produced specific outcomes and areas for further cooperation, including training provided by Vermont Law School's U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law program.
See paragraph 64 in the online report:
Through a USAID-funded program, the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law at Vermont Law School and the EPA collaborated with the National Judges College to train fifteen judges on environmental adjudication and to develop an environmental law curriculum that will be used to train judges from across China.
- Benjamin Sovacool and Christopher Cooper '13 released The Governance of Energy Megaprojects: Politics, Hubris and Energy Security in July 2013, published by Edward Elgar Publishing Inc. Based on extensive original research, this book explores the technical, social, political, and economic dimensions of four Asian energy megaprojects: a regional natural gas pipeline network in Southeast Asia, a series of hydroelectric dams on the island of Borneo, an oil pipeline linking Europe with the Caspian Sea, and a very large solar energy array in the Gobi desert.
- Tracy Bach taught at the Teach the Trainer (TTT1) workshop in Chongqing, China in July. This program focused on building the capacity of Chinese professors to teach environmental law, which has become a required course in the Chinese law curriculum. The workshop was designed and conducted with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and supported by the VLS U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law. As a result, Professor Bach was invited to contribute to the IUCN's "Essential Readings in Environmental Law," an on-line publication located at the IUCN Secretariat's website that identifies the 12 essential readings in a specific field and comments briefly on why each makes the list. She will write about environmental public health law.
- Laurie Beyranevand and Laurie Ristino each contributed to the summer 2013 issue of the Vermont Law Review. Professor Ristino provided the Introduction and Professor Beyranevand wrote an article, "Recognized as Safe: Analyzing Flaws in the FDA's Approach to GRAS Additives."
- Michael Dworkin gave an invited presentation at the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law's Colloquium at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand on June 27, 2013. His talk, "Our Energy Trilemma: Deciding from the Bench When Imperatives Conflict," compared how the Vermont Public Service Board addressed proposals for major statewide power purchases from Hydro-Quebec, Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant, and energy efficiency investments.
- Hillary Hoffmann presented at the International Symposium for Society and Resource Management in Estes Park, Colorado. The conference ran from June 4-8, 2013, and aimed to promote learning and discussion about the intersection of social issues and natural resources management and policy.
| Professor Hoffmann overlooks the confluence of the Green and
the Colorado Rivers, Canyonlands National Park, Colorado
- David Firestone gave a lecture at the University of Vermont's Business School on June 7, 2013, on "Environmental Law and Sustainable Enterprise."
- Sean Nolon's new book, Land in Conflict: Preventing and Resolving Land Use Disputes, was released in June 2013 and published by the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy. Professor Nolon co-authored the book with Ona Ferguson and Patrick Field.
The Preface and Chapter 1 can be downloaded for free on SSRN.
The book may be ordered online from the publisher.
- Patrick Parenteau's article, "Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of TVA v Hill," appeared in the Tennessee Law Review in the 2013 summer edition.
- Richard O. Brooks and Ross Virginia co-authored a chapter, "A Decade of Change in the Concept of Ecosystem Legal Regime," which appears in "The Law and Ecology of Pesticides and Pest Management" by Mary Jane Angelo, published by Ashgate Publishing Company, June 2013.
- Patrick Parenteau's and Abigail Barnes's '14 article, "A Bridge Too Far: Building Off-Ramps on the Shale Gas Superhighway," appeared in the Idaho Law Review, vol. 49, issue 2, 2013. The article is listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for Energy Law & Policy eJournal in May 2013.
- Patrick Parenteau's op-ed, "Don't Gut Environmental Review," appeared in the Rutland Herald on May 14, 2013, and at VtDigger.com on May 16, 2013. The piece was cited by Senator Patrick Leahy in announcing his decision to vote against the Water Resources Development Act of 2013 because it contained a provision exempting projects from compliance with the National Environmental Policy
- Tracy Bach returned from two weeks in Senegal, where she received a U.S. Speaker and Specialist Grant from the State Department to lead Senegal's Earth Day 2013 program on teaching climate change. From April 22 through April 24, she gave lectures in French to a diverse array of groups, ranging from seniors and juniors in high school to graduate students and faculty in engineering, geology, agriculture, philosophy, law, political science, economics, and education at three different universities (UCAD, Gaston Berger, and Thies), and climate change NGO leaders, Dakar-based academics, and government ministers at the West African Research Center (WARC). The April 24 WARC lecture, entitled "Climate Change in the 21st Century: Challenges and Responses," was covered by Senegalese television, radio, and print media. It was moderated by the Director of Research in Biotechnology at the Senegalese Ministry of Higher Education and Research, Dr. Ismaïla Diallo, and included commentary from Dr. Assane Goudiaby of the UCAD Institute of Environmental Sciences.
- Jack Tuholske continued to represent farmers and conservationists opposing the development of coal for export in the Powder River Basin, partnering with VLS's Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic in proceedings before the Surface Transportation Board in April 2013.
- Kevin Jones co-wrote a commentary with Colin Beckman on FERC's Order 1000 from the Vermont Law School's 2012 Environmental Watch List is included in Natural Resources Law: A Place-Based Book of Problems and Cases, Third Edition by Klein, Cheever, and Birdsong. It is included in their chapter on "Energy and the Federal Lands: Making Policy for the Future." Published by Aspen Publishers, April 2013.
- Laurie Ristino's article, "In Support of Practical Legal Scholarship," appeared in the spring 2013 edition of Natural Resources & Environment.
- Patrick Parenteau's article, "The Other Dam: Grayrocks vs the Whooping Cranes," appeared in the Tennessee Law Review, spring 2013.
- Richard O. Brooks and Molly S. Hann '12 co-authored the article, "Making the Long Island Sound a Sustainable Community," in the New York University Annual Survey of American Law, spring 2013.
- On behalf of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, Laura Murphy testified before two committees of the Vermont House of Representatives during the spring 2013 session regarding the constitutionality of labeling requirements for genetically engineered foods. The Seven Days paper reported on this GMO labeling bill in an article, "Who's Trying to Kill the GMO Bill?", citing Professor Murphy.