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February 2009

  • Professor Martha Judy was interviewed for this February 9 National Law Journal article, speaking about two Superfund cases that will be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court later this month. If the Supreme Court reverses the 9th Circuit Court in these cases, Judy says the EPA and taxpayers will be more responsible for cleanup costs.
  • Professor Michael McCann was quoted in this AM Law Daily piece on February 9. The article is entitled, "The Did-Everyone-Take-Drugs? Chronicles" and analyzes the recent outbreak of athletes testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, including the latest case of Alex Rodriguez. McCann also wrote an article for Sports Illustrated on February 10 that discusses whether the identities of the other 103 ball players who tested positive for steroids in 2003 should be disclosed. On February 10, FOX News interviewed McCann via Skype to get his legal interpretation of the steroid use. These interviews can be watched at by clicking on Direct Link.

  • Professor Cheryl Hanna spoke to the Burlington Free Press for this February 8 article about the Tribble murder case and the effect of such drawn-out trials on victims and their families. She also offered this February 5 VPR commentary discussing what qualifications should be sought in a replacement for U.S. District Judge J. Garvan Murtha, who recently announced his retirement from the bench.

  • Dean Jeff Shields spoke about Vermont Law School's endowment during tough economic times in this February 9 Valley News article. The article explores how smaller schools such as VLS are not hit as hard as larger schools when the economy takes a turn for the worse.

  • Vermont Law School's Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic is representing the Sierra Club and the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) in a suit against the EPA that could push the EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The Sierra Club and EIP say the EPA has failed to update and review regulations concerning nitric acid plants, which produce nitrous oxide and are used in fertilizers and explosives. The February 5 story can be read at or