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July 2008

  • Professor Michael Dworkin was interviewed by National Public Radio for a July 31 segment, the last in a three-part series by Correspondent Richard Harris, that examined states' efforts to reduce energy demand. Listen to the story at (click "listen" for audio). The second part of the series, also available online at, looked at Vermont's "unique approach."

  • Professor Michael McCann was interviewed by CNN for a July 29 story on the sentencing of an ex-NBA coach in a betting scandal. Read the story at He also discussed the story in his SI Sports Law column, available at McCann is quoted in this recent Pittsburgh Tribune piece about physicians' slow pace of adopting email as a communications tool. Read the piece at

  • Professor and ELC Director Marc Mihaly was interviewed by Channel 5 for a July 24 segment about the two-day conference on sustainable agriculture hosted by VLS. The "Food, Fuel & the Future of Farming" conference drew more than 150 people to the Chase Center. Watch the coverage at A story in the July 25 Valley News covered the keynote address by author Anna Lappé. (The story is not available online, but copies can be requested by calling x1106).

  • Professors Marc Mihaly and Michael Dworkin were featured in a Channel 3 segment on the "Food, Fuel and the Future of Farming" conference recently hosted by the VLS Environmental Law Center. Watch the segment at (click on camera to view video).

  • Professor Deng Haifeng of Tsinghua University School of Law, who will be arriving at VLS this week, was featured in this Global E-Law blog piece, "A Beijing Visitor, the Olympics and the Environment." The article also noted that Professor Tseming Yang is in Beijing this week with his summer environmental law class. Read the piece at

  • Professor Michael McCann, Sports Illustrated's legal expert and a new addition to VLS faculty, was interviewed in a July 22 Sporting News story about the NHL and growing competition for hockey talent among leagues. Read the story online at His recent "Sports Law" column explored the likelihood of Congressional hearings to investigate an illegal betting scandal that is rocking the NBA. Read McCann's column at

  • Professor Joan Vogel spoke with the Valley News for a July 17 front-page story about plans at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center to require new hires to undergo criminal background and drug tests. The story is not available online, but copies may be requested by calling x1106.

  • Professor Patrick Parenteau and the work of the ENRLC were noted in this recent Seven Days column that compared the state's approach to regulating compost operations with regulators' oversight of the OMYA plant, which is the subject of a lawsuit brought by the legal clinic on behalf of concerned neighbors Read the article at

  • Professor Timothy Duane, who is joining the VLS faculty this fall from the University of California at Berkeley, was interviewed on National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition" (July 12) about the raging California fires and the land use issues involved. The audio clip can be heard at He is also quoted in a July 9 Wall Street Journal article examining the cost of battling such fires. (WSJ is available by subscription only. Copies are available by calling x1106.)

  • Professor Michael Mello and VLS alum Anna Saxman (JD, '85), the state's deputy defender general who teaches criminal procedure at VLS, both testified at a July 17 State House hearing with Vermont's advisory panel to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The panel examined racial profiling in Vermont and highlighted the lack of a statewide data collection system that would help determine the scope of the problem. The Burlington Free Press carried a story on the hearing that is available online at WCAX also ran a segment that can be seen at

  • Professor Mello was interviewed by the Rutland Herald for a July 19 story about Donald Fell's appeal of his death sentence and the chances of a federal appeals court considering a review. Read the story at

  • VLS alum Heather McArn (JD '92) was featured in this Wall Street Journal Marketwatch column, which noted that she will soon be joining Jenner & Block's New York office as partner. McArn, described as a "highly experienced bankruptcy lawyer," will serve as the firm's special counsel. Read the article at

  • Professor Cheryl Hanna took part in a Q-and-A session with the Rutland Herald/Times Argus, discussing the impact of last month's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down D.C.'s ban on handguns. The interview, which ran July 12 as the lead story in the Sunday Perspective section, can be read at

  • Professor Robert Rachlin and VLS alumnus David Sleigh (JD '82) were guests on VPR's "Vermont Edition" on July 9, discussing their roles representing detainees at Guantanamo Bay and the recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that affirmed the detainees' constitutional right to habeas corpus. The episode can be heard at

  • Professor David Mears, director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, spoke with VPR for a July 9 segment about a federal judge's finding that waste from the Omya facility poses a risk to public health. The clinic is representing concerned residents who live near the marble plant. Listen to the piece at

  • ENRLC Associate Director Teresa Clemmer spoke with Indian Country Today about the latest developments in a lawsuit brought by the Passamaquoddy Indians in Maine, who are challenging the federal government's land lease to a company that plans to build an LNG terminal. The clinic is representing the Passamaquoddy in the suit. Read the story at

  • Professor Michael Dworkin and Richard Cowart, VLS's distinguished energy scholar, were interviewed for a story about Vermonters taking the lead on reducing carbon emissions through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) program. The story appeared in the July 6 editions of the Rutland Herald and Times Argus and can be read online at

  • Professor Michael Mello spoke with the Associated Press about the likelihood of the death penalty in the Brooke Bennett case. He is quoted in a story that ran in the July 6 Boston Globe, available online at He also spoke about the case with VPR. Listen to the piece at

  • Professor Mello was interviewed by the Burlington Free Press for a July 7 story about the challenges faced by defense attorneys for Christopher Williams, who is pleading insanity in the shooting deaths of two women at an Essex elementary school two years ago. (The story is not available online).

  • The Michigan Daily, student newspaper of the University of Michigan, carried this July 7 editorial calling on the university to follow Vermont Law School's lead in challenging the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which was featured in a recent New York Times story. Read the story at

  • The New York Times featured VLS in a story about the law school's anti-discrimination policy and the resulting ban on military recruiters on its campus. The story, entitled "Law School Pays the Price In 'Don't Ask' Rule Protest," ran in the Sunday, June 29 edition and can be read online at The article prompted discussion on law blogs around the country.

  • A federal court judge's finding that waste from the Omya marble plant does pose a risk to human health was a victory for the VLS Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, which brought the lawsuit on behalf of Omya's neighbors. The Rutland Herald and the Times Argus carried a July 2 story on the judge's ruling, along with reaction from Professor Patrick Parenteau. Read the article online at

  • The ENRLC was also featured in this July 2 Bangor Daily News story about the latest developments in a federal lawsuit brought by the Passamaquoddys in an effort to stop the construction of an LNG terminal on tribal land in Maine. The ENRLC is representing the Passamaquoddys in the case. The clinic's associate director, Teresa Clemmer, was interviewed for the story, which can be found at

  • And the ENRLC worked with the Conservation Law Foundation to issue a report critical of the state's efforts to curb water pollution caused by large farms. The ENRLC obtained and reviewed documents about farm inspections and pollution cases. A story about the CLF report was carried in the July 1 Burlington Free Press. Read the story at

  • Professor Oliver Goodenough was quoted in the July edition of, in a story reporting that Vermont is soon to become the first state in the nation to establish virtual companies. The law would allow private companies to register in Vermont without setting up offices in the state. Read the article on the web at

  • Professor Michael Mello was interviewed by the Burlington Free Press for this July 1 story about a federal appeals court denying the appeal of convicted murderer Donald Fell, who is the first person to face the death penalty in Vermont in a half-century. Read the article at

  • Professor Peter Teachout was a guest on the July 2 edition of Vermont Public Radio's "Vermont Edition," which explored Vermont's legislative history on gun control. You can listen to the program at Professor Teachout was also quoted in a June 27 story in the Valley News, reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that struck down Washington D.C.'s ban on handguns. The article is not posted online.

  • Professor Cheryl Hanna was a guest on WDEV's Mark Johnson Show on July 3, discussing recent rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court. The audio is posted at

  • VLS alum Alexander Lee, JD/MSEL '01, is featured in this Rutland Herald/Times Argus story about his "Project Laundry List," which promotes the use or clotheslines rather than energy-consuming clothes dryers. Lee has generated press attention from national media outlets including the New York Times Magazine and NPR. Read the story at