2010 Press Release Archive
December 22, 2010
Shumlin Names Patrick Berry as Fish and Wildlife Commissioner – Gov.-elect Peter Shumlin on Wednesday appointed Patrick Berry, Vermont Law School's director of Governmental Affairs and Environmental Advancement, to be commissioner of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
December 17, 2010
Vermont Law Professor Elected Board Chair of Snelling Center – Vermont Law School Professor Cheryl Hanna has been elected as chairperson of the board of trustees of the Richard A. and Barbara W. Snelling Center for Government.
December 6, 2010
Vermont Law School Professor Named Vermont DEC Commissioner – Vermont Law School Associate Professor David Mears, a national leader in environmental law, was appointed by Vermont Gov.-elect Peter Shumlin today as commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.
November 29, 2010
Navy JAG Lawyer to Discuss Nation-building in Afghanistan – Lt. Joe Griffo, a Vermont Law School alumnus and Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG) officer stationed in Afghanistan, will discuss his role in strengthening that nation's legal system at 3:35 p.m., Monday, Nov. 29 in the Chase Community Center.
November 29, 2010
Vermont Law School Professor, Student Blog from U.N. COP 16 – Vermont Law School Assistant Professor Katherine Garvey and Dan Miller, a third-year JD student, are blogging from the 16th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Cancun, Mexico, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 10.
November 24, 2010
EPA Official to Mark Agency’s 40th Anniversary with VLS Lecture – Curt Spalding, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's regional administrator for region 1, which covers New England, will mark the agency's 40th anniversary will a lecture at 12:45 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2 in the Map Room of Debevoise Hall.
November 23, 2010
VLS to Host 13th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner – Vermont Law School expects to serve more than 350 meals at its 13th annual South Royalton Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday in the Chase Community Center.
November 22, 2010
VLS to Launch Inaugural Top 10 Environmental Watch List – Vermont Law School will release its inaugural Top 10 Environmental Watch List on Jan. 3, 2011, to spotlight the most critical environmental law and policy issues of 2010 and how they may play out in 2011.
November 9, 2010
VLS to Host Veterans Day Event – Vermont Law School will host a Veterans Day program from 12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday in the Chase Community Center to honor and thank all those who have served in the U.S. military.
November 4, 2010
Nuclear Experts Available to Discuss Vermont Yankee’s Potential Sale – Vermont Law School's Institute for Energy and the Environment has several experts available to discuss the implications of the potential sale of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.
November 4, 2010
VLS Conference Will Draw Top Experts to Explore Future of Regulatory Takings – In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on a closely watched regulatory takings case, Vermont Law School, the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center will bring together leading scholars and experienced practitioners on Nov. 5 to discuss cutting-edge issues raised by recent and pending court cases and new regulatory initiatives.
November 1, 2010
Endangered Species Experts Available to Discuss Solar Projects on Public Lands – Vermont Law School has faculty experts available to comment on the Obama administration's ongoing efforts to significantly expand solar power facilities on federal lands.
October 22, 2010
Vermont Law School, Schweitzer Fellows and COVER Home Repair Partner to Weatherize Homes in the Upper Valley – Vermont Law School students and Schweitzer Fellows are working to help COVER Home Repair meet their 100 Homes in 100 Days goal before winter begins.
October 21, 2010
Entrepreneur Peter Barnes to Discuss “Gaianomics” – Peter Barnes, an entrepreneur and writer who has led several successful companies, will discuss his upcoming book tentatively titled "Gaianomics: A New Operating System for Capitalism" at 4:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 27, in the Yates Common Room at Vermont Law School.
October 12, 2010
Alliance to Host Vigil on Wednesday Supporting Gay Community – The Vermont Law School student group Alliance will host a candlelight vigil Wednesday to memorialize the gay youths who have committed suicide across the United States in recent weeks.
October 11, 2010
Vermont Law School Invites Gubernatorial Candidates to Debate – The Vermont Law School chapter of the National Lawyers Guild has invited Vermont gubernatorial candidates Democrat Peter Shumlin and Republican Brian Dubie to an Oct. 26 debate in the run up to Election Day.
October 11, 2010
National Security Expert Speaks on Consequences of Climate Change – "We'd better get ready." That's Professor Stephen Dycus' advice for U.S. authorities who are analyzing the national security implications of the globe's changing climate.
October 4, 2010
New Global Agriculture Center to Promote Working Landscapes – Vermont Law School will open a Center for Agriculture and Food Systems next spring to support advocates, agencies, food hubs, incubators and farmers engaged in the creation of community-based agriculture systems in the United States and internationally.
October 4, 2010
New Land Use Clinic Tackles Social, Economic, Environmental Issues – Vermont Law School has opened a new Land Use Clinic to train the next generation of land use lawyers and policy-makers who will work on a growing array of social, economic and environmental challenges across the global landscape.
September 30, 2010
Russian Delegation to Discuss Nuclear Decommissioning – A group of Russian and Norwegian nuclear scientists, regulators and activists will visit Vermont Law School on Oct. 7 to learn more about decommissioning nuclear power plants in New England, including the potential closure of Vermont Yankee.
September 28, 2010
Visiting Scholar to Discuss the Legal Writing, Truth Commissions – Teresa Godwin Phelps, a national leader in legal writing, will deliver two public presentations on Oct. 4 at Vermont Law School, where she will be a visiting scholar.
September 22, 2010
VT Law School Experts Available to Comment on Don't Ask, Don't Tell – Vermont Law School professors Jackie Gardina and Greg Johnson are available to comment on ongoing efforts to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" law.
September 9, 2010
September 7, 2010
VLS Starts Smart Grid Research Project – Vermont Law School's Institute for Energy and the Environment has hired two energy policy experts to conduct smart grid research aimed at laying the legal and regulatory groundwork for updating the U.S. power grid.
August 30, 2010
VT Law School expert available to comment on Roger Clemens' case – Vermont Law School Professor Michael McCann is available to comment on today's federal arraignment of Roger Clemens on charges that he lied to Congress when he said he never used performance-enhancing drugs.
August 30, 2010
VLS to Host IRS Workshop for Non-profits in New England – Vermont Law School will host an IRS workshop for small and medium-sized non-profit organizations in northern New England from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 12.
August 19, 2010
prelaw Magazine Ranks VLS Among Nation’s “Greenest Law Schools” – preLaw magazine has ranked Vermont Law School as among the top environmental law schools in the nation.
August 11, 2010
VT Law School Expert Calls for Closing Environmental Bankruptcy Loopholes – As the clean up of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill continues, Vermont Law School Professor Jackie Gardina is available to comment on the hidden costs of environmental catastrophes.
July 12, 2010
Fulbright Scholar David Mears to Use Classroom, Litigation to Tackle Pollution in China – David Mears is an accidental Sinophile. Never one to wander the globe, he's focused his career on teaching and litigation close to home, mostly recently as an associate professor at Vermont Law School and director of VLS's Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC). Nonetheless, Mears finds himself about to embark on a year-long journey to China, where he will spend the 2010-2011 academic year as a Fulbright Scholar looking to beef up enforcement of China's anti-pollution laws and to expand university-based environmental law clinics.
July 2, 2010
VLS Supports First Landscape Auction in the United States – Vermont Law School is supporting the White River Partnership's landscape auction on Aug. 14, the first such conservation effort in the United States designed to revitalize watersheds, wildlife and people's connection to nature.
June 23, 2010
VLS to Use $250,000 Grant for Green Renovations in Clinics Building – Vermont Law School will use a $250,000 energy efficiency grant to help convert an historic building into a vibrant new center for legal advocacy.
June 15, 2010
VLS Helps Start China's First Public Interest Environmental Law Firm – Aiming to use lawsuits more effectively to fight pollution and protect workers, Vermont Law School's U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law has received a $1.5 million federal grant to establish China's first public interest environmental law firm and expand a university-based legal clinic.
May 21, 2010
Marc Mihaly Receives Tenure at Vermont Law School – The Vermont Law School Board of Trustees today granted tenure to Professor Marc Mihaly.
May 21, 2010
Michael McCann Receives Tenure at Vermont Law School – The Vermont Law School Board of Trustees today granted tenure to Professor Michael McCann.
May 21, 2010
Mark Latham Receives Tenure at Vermont Law School – The Vermont Law School Board of Trustees today granted tenure to Professor Mark Latham.
May 21, 2010
Jackie Gardina Receives Tenure at Vermont Law School – The Vermont Law School Board of Trustees today granted tenure to Professor Jackie Gardina.
May 21, 2010
John Echeverria Receives Tenure at Vermont Law School – The Vermont Law School Board of Trustees today granted tenure to Professor John Echeverria.
May 20, 2010
Howard Dean to Discuss a “New American Generation” at VLS Commencement – Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, M.D., will speak at Vermont Law School's 35th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 22.
May 18, 2010
U.S.-China Partnership Chief Joins EPA, Partnership Expands Under New Leadership – President Obama has appointed Professor Tseming Yang, director of Vermont Law School's U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law, to serve as deputy general counsel for international affairs of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
May 10, 2010
VLS, Chinese Prosecutors to Discuss Pollution Lawsuits – Vermont Law School will conduct a series of workshops in China this month with Chinese prosecutors, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection to discuss using public interest litigation to protect Chinese citizens from pollution and other environmental violations.
April 27, 2010
VLS Expert to Discuss Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Standards – Mark Cooper, senior fellow for economic analysis at Vermont Law School's Institute for Energy and the Environment, on Wednesday will reject claims by some economists and environmentalists that raising the price of energy will solve climate change.
April 26, 2010
VLS Clinic Helps Tribal Group Win Victory in Natural Gas Dispute – With the aid of Vermont Law School's Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC), a group of Passamaquoddy Tribe members in Maine has won a major victory in its efforts to prevent construction of a liquefied natural gas terminal on its land.
April 19, 2010
VLS National Security Expert to Discuss Military Detention of Civilians – Vermont Law School Professor Stephen Dycus, an internationally recognized authority on national security and the law, will give a presentation on his work, "The Scholar's Role in a Dangerous World: A New Look at Military Detention of Civilians," at 5 p.m., Thursday, April 22 in the Yates Common Room.
April 16, 2010
Vermont Law School Professor, Trustee To Receive Yale Merit Award – Vermont Law School Professor James Gustave "Gus" Speth and VLS Trustee Richard Ayres, two of the nation's most respected environmental lawyers, will receive Yale Law School's highest honor.
April 16, 2010
Gus Speth to Discuss a “New American Environmentalism” on Earth Day – Renowned environmental scholar James Gustave "Gus" Speth will mark Earth Day's 40th anniversary by discussing "A New American Environmentalism and the New Economy" at 12:45 p.m., Thursday, April 22 in the Chase Center. The event is free and open to the public.
April 15, 2010
Vermont Law School Again Ranked First in Environmental Law – U.S. News & World Report again has ranked Vermont Law School's environmental law program as the best in the nation. The 2011 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools appears on USNews.com on Thursday, April 15, and on newsstands on Tuesday, April 27.
April 8, 2010
VLS to Mark Sexual Assault Prevention Month – In conjunction with other events in April to mark Sexual Assault Prevention Month, Vermont Law School's Women's Law Group and the Law Students for Reproductive Justice will host "Take Back the Night" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wed., April 14.
April 7, 2010
Baugh, Gatto, Connor Selected as New Trustees at VLS – Vermont Law School has named Edna Baugh, Michele Gatto and Colleen Connor as the newest members of its Board of Trustees.
April 5, 2010
Welch Announces $450,000 Grant for Smart-Grid Program at VLS – U.S. Rep. Peter Welch on Monday announced a $450,000 federal grant for Vermont Law School's Institute for Energy and the Environment to conduct smart-grid research and analysis aimed at updating the U.S. power grid.
April 2, 2010
VLS to Announce Smart Grid Research Funding on Monday – Vermont Law School officials and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch on Monday, April 5, will announce new federal funding to help VLS expand its role as a national leader in smart-grid research, analysis and implementation standards.
April 2, 2010
Frito-Lay Executive to Discuss Corporate Sustainability at VLS – A Frito-Lay, Inc., executive will discuss his company's efforts to go "green" at a presentation hosted by Vermont Law School's Business Law Society on Wednesday, April 7.
March 23, 2010
VLS to Offer Animal Cruelty Investigation Workshop – Vermont Law School's Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) will host a free public workshop on April 3 covering the skills needed to investigate and prosecute animal cruelty cases.
March 22, 2010
VLS Expert to Testify on Federal Loan Guarantees for Nuclear Plants – Mark Cooper, senior fellow for economic analysis at Vermont Law School's Institute for Energy and the Environment, will testify Tuesday, March 23, before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on the economic advisability of increasing federal loan guarantees for the construction of nuclear power plants.
March 18, 2010
VLS to Host Symposium on Adapting to Climate Change – The Vermont Journal of Environmental Law will host a symposium on Friday, March 26, to explore strategies for adapting to and lessening the impacts of climate change. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Chase Community Center.
March 18, 2010
VLS to Host Discussion on Age Limits in Pro Sports – The Vermont Law School's Sports and Entertainment Law Society will host a panel discussion on Friday, April 2, on "Age Limits in Professional Sports."
March 16, 2010
VLS, UVM to Discuss Marriage Equality for Same-sex Couples – To mark the anniversaries of civil unions and legal marriage for same-sex couples in Vermont, Vermont Law School and the University of Vermont will co-host a conference April 15-16 that explores the legal, political, social and religious issues surrounding marriage equality.
March 10, 2010
Vermont Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments at VLS – The Vermont Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in seven cases at Vermont Law School on March 17 in the high court's annual session at the state's only law school.
March 8, 2010
Panelists to Discuss VLS Ban on Military Recruiting – In the wake of the nation's top defense officials calling for an end to the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, Vermont Law School will host a town hall meeting at 5:30 p.m., Tues., March 16, to discuss its ban of military recruiting on campus until openly gay men and women are allowed to serve in the U.S. armed forces.
March 8, 2010
Vermont Law School Delegation to Lobby Against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Law – A group of Vermont Law School students will travel March 19 to Washington, D.C., for "Lobby Day" to push for the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" law.
February 27, 2010
Vermont Law School Selects U.S., Chinese Environmental Justice Young Fellows – The Vermont Law School's U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law has selected 18 young American and Chinese professionals for an exchange program focused on environmental justice issues.
February 23, 2010
Vermont Law School Provides Pro Bono Aid to Katrina Victims – While attending the Association of American Law Schools' annual meeting in New Orleans in January, Johanna Dennis was so moved by the ongoing need for legal services more than four years after Hurricane Katrina that she decided to do something.
February 23, 2010
Vermont Law School and Partners Receive Mental Health Award – Vermont Public Television, in collaboration with Vermont Law School, the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the Vermont office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will receive a 2010 EDGE Award from the Association of Public Television Stations for the "Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness" project.
February 19, 2010
Panelists to Discuss VLS Campus Ban on Military Recruiting – In the wake of the nation's top defense officials calling for an end to the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, Vermont Law School will host a town hall meeting at 5:30 p.m., Wed., Feb. 24, to discuss its ban of military recruiting on campus until openly gay men and women are allowed to serve in the U.S. armed forces.
February 17, 2010
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders to Discuss "Corporate Creativity" at VLS – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will speak at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Vermont Law Review's 10th Annual Symposium, "Corporate Creativity: The Vermont L3C and Other Developments in Social Entrepreneurship," at Vermont Law School.
February 3, 2010
Black Law Students Association to Host Black History Month Symposium – Vermont Law School's Black Law Students Association (BLSA) will recognize Black History Month with a symposium on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., from 12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, at the Chase Community Center.
February 2, 2010
Environmental Law Society to Host Panel on Vermont Yankee – The Environmental Law Society's Advocacy Group will host a panel on the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant at 5:30 p.m., Tues., Feb. 9 in the Chase Community Center at Vermont Law School.
January 29, 2010
Vermont Law Review to Host Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship – Social entrepreneurs, scholars, lawyers, students and others will gather Feb. 18-19 at Vermont Law School to explore hybrid organizations that use for-profit business practices to achieve nonprofit goals.
January 26, 2010
National Air Quality Expert to Deliver Land Use Lecture – Mary Nichols, one of the nation's top air quality experts and a leader of California's efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, will present the sixth annual Norman Williams Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Planning and the Law at Vermont Law School at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, in the Chase Community Center.
January 22, 2010
Summer Media Fellowships Accepting Applications – Vermont Law School's Summer Media Fellowships program is accepting applications for its 2010 session. The application deadline is March 1.
January 21, 2010
Pulitzer Prize-winning Writer Chris Hedges to Discuss War and Peace – Chris Hedges, a former foreign correspondent for The New York Times and the winner of a Pulitzer Prize, will discuss his latest book, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28 in the Chase Community Center at Vermont Law School.
January 12, 2010
Selma's First African American Mayor to Give VLS King Day Talk – James Perkins, Jr., the first African American mayor of Selma, Ala., will lead Vermont Law School's observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day from 12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, in the Chase Community Center.