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August 2008

August 2008

  • Professor Patrick Parenteau was interviewed by the Arizona Star for an Aug. 31 article about the Santa Cruz River and a debate between the state and the EPA whether the river should be protected under the Clean Water Act as a navigable waterway. Read the article at (registration may be required).

  • Professors Cheryl Hanna and Michael Mello were quoted in this Associated Press story about the decision by prosecutors to bring federal charges in a Vermont carjacking case. The story ran on Aug. 31 on the Boston Globe website and in other publications. Read the article at

  • Professor Hanna was also interviewed by Channel 3 for an Aug. 28 story on gubernatorial candidate Anthony Pollina's challenge to the Secretary of State's reading of Vermont's campaign finance law. Watch the clip at

  • VLS alum Anthony Iarrapino, JD '03, was featured in an Aug. 29 Channel 3 news story about the Conservation Law Foundation's successful effort to require federal permits for certain stormwater discharges in Chittenden County. Iarrapino is staff attorney with the CLF. Watch the coverage at

  • VLS alum Eric N. Columber, JD '02, has become a partner in the law firm of Roy, Beardsley, Williams & Granger LLC in Ellsworth, Maine, the Marion (Ohio) Star recently reported. Read about it at

  • Professor Tseming Yang filed an Aug. 24 guest blog on Global Environmental Law, detailing a recent trip to China and Three Gorges Dam with eight of his VLS students. Read about the trip at

  • Professor Oliver Goodenough was quoted in this Investor's Business Daily story, "Vermont: The Delaware of the New Age?" highlighting Vermont as the first state where virtual businesses can set up shop without having a physical presence in the state. Prof. Goodenough played a key role in hatching the entrepreneurial idea.Read the article online at

  • Professor Betsy Baker is blogging this week from aboard the US Coast Guard icebreaker HEALY. The only lawyer among a group of 35 scientists, she departed Barrow, Alaska on Aug. 14 for a three-week trip to map the extended continental shelf. Her blog can be read at The trip coincides with an Aug. 28 report from the Associated Press available at, and an Aug. 23 story in The New York Times, also available at To read more about Prof. Baker's journey, read Vermont Law School's coverage.

  • VLS Dean and President Jeff Shields spoke with the Valley News for an Aug. 19 front-page story about his decision to join more than 100 college and law school presidents in asking lawmakers to consider lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18. The issue has sparked considerable discussion since the presidents' letter was released. (The Valley News story is not available online, but the Associated Press carried a related story available at

  • Professor Teresa Clemmer, associate director of the ENRLC, was interviewed by the Bangor Daily News about plans to appeal a federal judge's dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the clinic on behalf of the Passamaquoddy tribe. The lawsuit challenged a lease agreement for tribal lands that was awarded to a company with plans to build an LNG terminal on the site. Although the judge dismissed the suit, he had harsh criticism for the federal agency involved in the case. Read the article at Prof. Clemmer was also interviewed by Maine Public Radio and Indian Country News. Read the story at

  • Professor Bruce Duthu authored an Aug. 11 op-ed in The New York Times, calling on Congress to establish the authority of Indian tribes to investigate and prosecute all crimes occurring on Indian lands. Read Duthu's op-ed online at He was also interviewed for a public radio segment produced by the University of Illinois that can be heard at
  • VLS alum Leslie Cadwell, JD '94, was featured in the Vermont Business Magazine's August cover story, "Women of Power." Read the article at As general counsel to Vermont Electric Power Company, she is among a group of women who now hold prominent positions with Vermont's largest utilities.

  • Also of interest: The New York Times carried an Aug. 21 story about a Vermont landowner's plan to extract groundwater for bottling, and the response from his East Montpelier community. The article is available online at

  • Professor Steven Wise, who teaches Animal Rights Law at VLS, was a guest on VPR's Aug. 18 Vermont Edition program. He discussed a case which will soon be heard by the Vermont Supreme Court, examining whether pet owners should be entitled to damages when a pet dies from negligence. Wise is representing a Vermont couple who is seeking such damages. Listen to the show on

  • Professor Cheryl Hanna was quoted in an Aug. 18 article in the Rutland Herald and Times Argus about the reluctance of judges to publicly discuss cases, specifically in the instance of accused murderer Michael Jacques and his early release from probation. Read the articles at She also recorded a VPR commentary, "Judicial Accountability," that can be heard on Hanna was quoted in an Aug. 13 Associated Press article about two noted defense lawyers joining the case. Read the article on She also provided legal analysis for a Channel 3 story about the most recent priest abuse case to come to trial in Burlington. Watch the coverage on

  • The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic was cited in recent news stories for its work representing the Conservation Law Foundation, which last week called on the EPA to withdraw the state of Vermont's authority to enforce the Clean Water Act and delegate oversight authority to the EPA. Professor Patrick Parenteau, senior counsel to the ENRLC and former state commissioner for environmental conservation, was quoted. The Rutland Herald and Times Argus carried an Aug. 15 article that can be read on The Burlington Free Press ran a front-page story that is available online at Vermont Public Radio carried also aired coverage that can be heard at

  • Professor Brian Porto delivered a VPR commentary that aired on Aug. 14, entitled, "Understanding the Brett Favre Soap Opera." Listen to Porto's commentary at

  • Professor Michael Mello spoke to the Times Argus for an Aug. 12 story about the death of an infant who was allegedly beaten by her father, and the implications for the criminal case. Read the article on

  • Professor Jason Okai was cited in an Aug. 14 Valley News story about the AVA Gallery in Lebanon and its fall courses, which include one he will teach on copyright law for artists. The article is not available online.

  • Professor Tracy Bach's son, Matthew, was part of an All-Star Little League Team that traveled to Cuba on a 10-day goodwill tour. The Peregrines' trip stirred some controversy when it failed to be sanctioned by Little League higher-ups. Many media outlets wrote about the trip, including the BBC, which aired a segment that can be viewed on the BBC's website. The team's return to the states was delayed this week by the arrival of Tropical Storm Fay.

  • Professor Cheryl Hanna spoke with the Associated Press for this Aug. 6 story about the legal and ethical issues involved in a child abuse case in which the child's alleged abuser is also his father. The questions stem from whether the father should have a say in the child's medical care and end-of-life decisions. Read the story at She was also interviewed for this Aug. 4 Burlington Free Press story about the Vermont Supreme Court's ruling on the media's request to open sealed records related to Brian Rooney murder case. Read the story at