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The work and experience of Vermont Law School faculty extends far beyond the walls of classroom study. Their scholarship is evidenced in hundreds of books and journal articles that examine the latest developments in areas ranging from national security to cognitive neuroscience. Our energy experts know the world of regulation because they were once the regulators, and they are called on to share their expertise with financial analysts. Our criminal law professors know capital punishment because they represented death row inmates, and they detail their experiences in journal articles.

Please take this opportunity to learn more about the Vermont Law School faculty.



When the U.S. Supreme Court issues a ruling, the media turn to VLS for legal interpretation. Here are some examples of our faculty in the news.

News about Gus Speth joining the faculty of VLS in 2010 appeared in media from the February 26 Burlington Free Press, to the February 27 Yale Daily News, to this week’s Randolph Herald(available online after March 19).

The spring 2009 Vermont Life article, “Transformation 101: How higher education revived Royalton” explores VermontLaw School’s influence on the town.

When the U.S. Supreme Court this week overturned the Vermont Supreme Court ruling in Vermont v. Brillon, Professor Cheryl Hanna offered commentary on the case for WCAX TV News and the Burlington Free Press, and Professor Peter Teachout spoke with Vermont Public Radio about how the ruling affects the state’s ruling. Listen to the clip at

Read more about VLS in the News.


Photo of VLS’s Leed award.Our faculty win prestigious awards for their writing and research, while our programs are frequently cited for national honors.

  • Professor Patrick Parenteau received The National Wildlife Federation’s 2006 National Conservation Achievement Award.
  • The Outstanding Victim Advocacy and Awareness Award was presented to Professor Alex Banks ’87 by the Vermont Center for Crime Victims Services.
  • Professor Oliver Goodenough was named a 2007–08 fellow of Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
  • Professor Linda Smiddy ’79, former director of the International and Comparative Law Programs at VLS, was awarded the doctorat honoris causa, by the Université Paris 13, the first woman to receive this honorary degree.
  • VLS top-ranked for Environmental Law by U.S.News & World Report for eighteen consecutive years.


A stack of books in a field.The written work of our faculty is often highlighted in law journals, books and book chapters. Read some of the highlights.

Phil Meyer

Professor Phil Meyer is the co-author of “Law and Popular Culture: Text Notes and Questions” (LEXIS/NEXIS Second Edition 2012), the only casebook available on this topic.

Janet Milne

ProfessorJanet Milne is the lead editor of the book Mountain Resorts: Ecology and the Law, published by Ashgate (2009). Milne is the author of the book’s first chapter, the lead coauthor of the final chapter, and worked extensively with the authors of the book’s case studies of Killington (Vermont), Loon Mountain (New Hampshire), Whiteface Mountain (New York), and Mont Tremblant (Québec, Canada) resorts.

Mountain Resorts book cover.VLS alumna Julia LeMense LLM’03 also served as a coeditor and author, and alumnus Roger Fleming ’99 authored one of the case studies. Robert Gruenig LLM’01 participated in the early phases of the project, and numerous VLS students served as research assistants. The book is second in the series on ecology and the law that Professor EmeritusRichard Brooks spearheads, and which was borne of a 2002 Vermont Journal of Environmental Law symposium.

Milne says the book provides “a useful comparison of how four very different legal regimes approach mountain resort expansions and provides very useful analysis of the extent to which the law can take an ecosystem approach.”

Cheryl Hanna

Domestic Violence and the Law: Theory and Practice, with Elizabeth M. Schneider, Judith G. Greenberg, and Clare Dalton (Foundation Press 2008).

Tony Renzo

A Call to Protect Civilian Justice: Beware the Creep of Military Tribunals, Issue Brief, American Constitution Society, March, 2008.

Stephen Dycus

National Security Law, co-authored with William C. Banks of Syracuse University Law School and Peter Raven-Hansen of George Washington University Law Center (4th ed. Aspen Publishers 2007).

The new book reflects dramatic developments in the national security field since the previous edition appeared four years ago. It includes extensive treatment of the Iraq war, the detention, interrogation, and trial of suspected terrorists, state secrets, homeland security, and other matters. Since the first edition came out in 1990, it has been adopted for classroom use at more than half of the American law schools, and at a number of colleges, universities, and military schools. It has also found wide use as a reference source throughout the defense and intelligence communities and on Capitol Hill.


Our faculty are called on as experts to present at conferences around the world. See a sampling of those presentations.

Laurie Beyranevand

Professor Laurie Beyranevand spoke in February 2013 at Dartmouth College, giving the Masters in Public Health Program Lecture: “Food Safety in the United States”

Jennifer Taub

Professor Jennifer Taub participated on two panels at the Law and Society Conference in Boston, June 1 - June 2, 2013: "Author Meets Reader—The Ponzi Scheme Puzzle: A History and Analysis of Con Artists and Victims," and "Toward Law and Political Economy: Transforming Unequal Power through Heterodox Theory."

Jennifer Taub

Professor Jennifer Taub spoke in May 2013 at the Chinese University of Hong Kong conference on "Finding the Right Balance of Regulation for Economic Development: China and Western Regulatory Models."

Tony Renzo

"The Constitutional Right to Trial by Jury as a Limitation on the Jurisdiction of Military Tribunals," Dartmouth College, February, 2008.

Philip Meyer

Organizer and moderator of panel, "When Worlds Collide; A Panel Exploring Inter-Relationships between Clinicians and Legal Writing Teachers in Teaching and Scholarship," presented by the AALS Legal Writing Section at the 2007 annual meeting (January 4, 2007).