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Featured Students and Alumni
VLS Alumnus Named Government Environmental Lawyer of the Year
Featuring: Mike Myers, JD 1993
Congratulations to VLS Alumnus and New York Assistant Attorney General, Mike Myers, JD '93, who was named the Government Environmental Lawyer of the Year by the American Bar Association. This is a significant achievement in recognition of Mr. Myers' work on EPA air standards and as a leader in government on climate change. Mr. Myers exemplifies our alumni, who continue to make a difference in our communities and in the world.
Read the press coverage from Greenwire here.
Recent Alum Spearheads Endangered Rivers Protection
Featuring: Alex Funk, JD 2013
Alex Funk (VLS '13) is the Lapham River Conservation Fellow at American Rivers, a national organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the nation's rivers and streams. Alex is working in their national office in Washington, DC, and using his Vermont Law School legal education to draft federal legislation to target funding for water conservation programs in the western United States. He is spearheading the creation of a program to work with agricultural communities in order to increase instream flows and restore threatened riparian habitat in the Colorado River Basin, which American Rivers recently identified as America's Most Endangered River. During his time at VLS, Alex took advantage of nearly every clinical and externship program VLS has to offer. In his 2L year, as part of the Semester in Practice program, Alex worked as a law clerk for the United States Department of the Interior on Cape Wind project litigation and Endangered Species Act consultations for natural gas leases. As a 3L, Alex worked for both the Vermont Attorney General's Office and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic on a number of environmental cases including stormwater pollution in the Connecticut River and Vermont Yankee.
Rising 3L in Iraq on Prestigious Helton Fellowship
Featuring: Carina Roselli, JD 2014 (Yale MEM)
In her 2L year, VLS student Carina Roselli wrote her International Human Rights seminar paper on the United Nations human rights mechanisms that could be used to address the situation of the Marsh Arabs of southern Iraq caused by the intentional destruction of the marshes - once the largest wetland ecosystem in the Middle East - that had been their home and provided their unique culture and way of life. She first became aware of their situation when flying US Army helicopter missions over the area in 2009, where she saw the breathtaking environmental devastation first-hand. Now a 3L, Carina is back in Iraq this summer with the assistance of a prestigious Helton Fellowship from the American Society of International Law, using her legal training to work with Nature Iraq on its program to restore the marshes, and with them, the human rights and cultural heritage of the Marsh Arabs.
- Read the press release from Nature Iraq about her work there.
- Visit Carina's blog on SAGE Magazine.
- Listen to Carina's interview on the National Public Radio program, Here and Now, recorded on September 10, 2013: "From the Military Base to the Marshlands: A Soldier Returns to Iraq". The program is about her work this summer with Nature Iraq and what it was like to be an Iraq war veteran returning to Iraq as a civilian.
JD/MELP Alum Blogs About Sustainable Tuna Fisheries in Sardinia
Featuring: Shannon Cosentino-Roush, JD/MELP '09
After graduating from Vermont Law School, Shannon worked for a year as a Sea Grant Knauss fellow, followed by a year in the same position as part of an organization combatting illegal fishing and strengthening international enforcement. Last summer, when her contract ended, she traveled to Europe for three months to gain field experience in tuna fisheries, all while working on a project as an international consultant. In the next two months she will also be doing two short term consulting projects on fisheries law in Tanzania.
Read the National Geographic blog posts about Shannon Cosentino-Roush's adventure at a traditional tuna trap off of Italy.