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December 2007

  • Professor Phil Meyer, director of the VLS Legal Writing Program, was quoted in the Dec. 31 Boston Globe in a story that explored the rhetorical tools employed by presidential candidates on the campaign trail. The story can be found on the website.

  • In his Dec. 29 blog, New York Times reporter Andrew Revkin noted the work of VLS' Climate Legacy Initiative in asking the question, "Does the Future Need a Legal Guardian?"  The piece, which addressed the concept of governments appointing legal guardians for future generations, can be found at Revkin's blog.

  • Professor Oliver Goodenough, an expert in communications and libel law, spoke with Vermont Public Radio's Jane Lindholm about the legal issues raised by posting material on the Internet. His interview, which aired on Vermont Edition on December 28, can be heard on the VPR website.

  • An article in the Dec. 24 Rutland Herald noted Dean Jeff Shields has been named to the Vermont Business Roundtable's board of directors. Read the article at

  • Professor Sheldon M. Novick's latest book, Henry James: The Mature Master, recently published by Random House, was featured on the front cover of the December 23 New York Times Book Review. Novick, an expert on Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry James, the first amendment, and constitutional law, has taught at VLS since 1987. To read the review, visit

  • Renee Bouplon, MSEL '97, was named senior program manager for the Agricultural Stewardship Association, a land trust in upstate New York. The announcement can be found at

  • Professor Peter Teachout authored a commentary piece that appeared in the Dec. 16 edition of the Rutland Herald and Times Argus about upcoming U.S. Supreme Court arguments in a challenge to Washington D.C.'s ban on handguns. His piece can be read at

  • Bobby Sand, the Windsor County state's attorney and 1987 VLS graduate, was the featured guest on the December 12 noontime talk show, Vermont Edition, on Vermont Public Radio. Sand, who will be teaching at VLS during the Spring 2008 semester, discussed his recent flare-up with Governor Jim Douglas over the appropriate punishment for marijuana crimes. The show can be heard at

  • Jeff Thomson, a 2007 VLS graduate (JD) now completing work on his MSEL, appeared at a December 11 State House news conference to discuss his research on energy tax policy in Vermont. Thomson coauthored a report for Vermont Public Interest Research Group that compared taxes paid by Vermont's electricity generators, and concluded that the state's tax policy was not favorable for renewable energy projects such as wind generation.  A story on Thomson's study can be found at The news conference was also covered by Vermont Public Radio, and WCAX, Channel 3. Those wanting to read the product of his research find it at (pdf).

  • Professor Cheryl Hanna was quoted in a December 10th Burlington Free Press story, addressing the claim of self-defense in a murder trial. It can be found at

  • Professor Michael Mello was called on to discuss statute of limitations questions raised in the Burlington priest abuse case. His comments appeared in the December 9 edition of the Burlington Free Press, available online at

  • Professor Brian Porto delivered a December 7 commentary on Vermont Public Radio, "Learning From Manny Ramirez." Both text and audio are available online at:

  • A 17-member delegation from China visited Vermont to study energy efficiency measures. The delegation's visit included a full day at VLS on December 7, where members met with professors from the Environmental Law Center and discussed issues related to climate change and energy conservation. News stories on the delegation's Vermont visit can be found at
    or on WCAX's website at You can also listen to a report on Vermont Public Radio at

  • A Dec. 6 article in the Brattleboro Reformer noted the testimony given by VLS professors during a recent meeting of the Vermont Commission on Family Recognition and Protection. The article can be found at

  • Professor Kinvin Wroth was quoted in a story regarding the history of side judges in the December 6 Herald of Randolph. The story can be found at It ran as a sidebar to a longer story about a controversy surrounding the salaries and benefits of side judges in Orange County, which can be read at

  • Professor Cheryl Hanna appeared in a December 5 WCAX segment on a verdict in a Burlington priest abuse case. The story can be found at

  • The Valley News spoke with Professor Cheryl Hanna about gender issues in the Clinton campaign in a December 2nd article, "Clinton Walks a Fine Line." It can be viewed at;

  • Professor Sheldon M. Novick, an award-winning author, is receiving acclaim for his latest book, Henry James: The Mature Master, published last month by Random House. An authority on Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry James, the first amendment, and constitutional law, he has taught at VLS since 1987. To read more on the book, visit

  • Prof. Oliver Goodenough was quoted in a Rutland Herald article discussing the liability of social network sites for comments posted by site users. The story specifically deals with iBrattleboro and a libel suit brought against the site. The story can be found at

  • Prof. Pat Parenteau spoke with the Hartford (CT) Courant about efforts to save the native Bog Turtle from extinction. The endangered Bog Turtle is an important indicator of the health of Connecticut's wetlands. To read the article visit

  • Kim Chehardy, VLS '09, joined with Attorney Lorrie R. Wilkes to write "Through the Looking-Glass: Reflections on a Summer Clerkship,"  published in the most recent Vermont Bar Journal, Fall 2007, Vol. 33, No.3. It is available online here.

  • The publication also includes the tribute to the late Judge James L. Oakes authored by Elizabeth A. York, a 1999 VLS graduate and a faculty member.