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Immigration, Incarceration, Supreme Court to be Discussed at VLS Speakers Series

January 16, 2014

CONTACT: Peter Glenshaw, Director of Communications, Vermont Law School
Office: 802-831-1318, cell: 603-738-8487, home: 603-795-4764,

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt., Jan. 16, 2014—The appointment process to the U.S. Supreme Court, the long-term effects of incarceration, and immigration and privacy are among the topics slated to headline Vermont Law School’s “Spring 2014 Faculty Speakers Series,” which begins Thursday, Jan. 23, in the Cornell Library Seminar Room on the Vermont Law campus.

Free and open to the public and press, the series will be held from 12:45 to 2 p.m. on select Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 17.

Opening the series on Jan. 23, Professor Garrison Nelson of the University of Vermont will explore the appointment process to the U.S. Supreme Court in his talk “The Court Transformed: How it Happened; Why it Matters.” Nelson teaches courses in American government, political leadership and political parties at UVM, and has published more than 100 articles and professional papers on both the U.S. Congress and elections in Vermont. He is a frequent media commentator and recipient of UVM’s 2009 Kroepsch-Maurice Teaching Excellence Award.

“Having Professor Nelson here is a boon to our program,” said Christine Cimini, Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development at VLS. “And the topic is very important given the lifetime appointments guaranteed to Supreme Court justices and the inevitable political battles that often ensue in the face of a nomination.”

The series will also cover a wide range of other topics. In his Feb. 18 talk entitled “Land Use Negotiation Post-Koontz: How the Supreme Court Invaded Local Government,” Vermont Law Professor Sean Nolon will explore the successful techniques to resolve land use disputes discussed in his recent book “Land in Conflict” (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, June 2013), and how those lessons have been impacted by the Supreme Court’s recent opinion in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District. On Feb. 27, Professor Cimini will examine the dual role of privacy and immigration in “Hands Off Our Fingerprints: Federalism and Privacy Concerns in the Enforcement of Immigration.” Vermont Law Professor Philip Meyer will discuss his forthcoming book, “Storytelling for Lawyers” (Oxford University Press, April 2014), on March 27. Finally, Professor Charles Jones, a Distinguished Visiting Scholar from Rutgers Law School, will explore the long-term effects of incarceration in his talk “Selective Prison Policies and Radical Disparities” on April 17.

For more information about Vermont Law School’s Spring 2014 Faculty Speakers Series, or to learn more about VLS faculty research and publications, email or call 802-831-1281.


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