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 Term 1

 

 

ENV5478.Ahttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Classes/DispForm.aspx?ID=1790ENV5478.AGlobal Food Security and Social JusticeVesilind,Pamela<div>This course addresses the legal landscape of global hunger, and the ways in which climate change, population growth and economic inequality intersect with food security law and policy challenges. First, we’ll address how “food security” and “hunger” are defined and measured for policy-making purposes. Then, we’ll explore international legal frameworks supporting food security and comparative domestic legal frameworks impacting food security, including Constitutional food rights, agriculture subsidies and tariffs, and public food and nutrition assistance programs. Next, the course examines the ownership of the food supply, including transnational corporations’ impact on the food system, commodities markets’ impact on global food prices, intellectual property rights with respect to biotechnology/GMO, and the role and impact of the WTO in moderating trade. Finally, we’ll address structural legal shortcomings of our international food aid system. Throughout the course, we’ll examine how climate change, population growth and economic inequality complicate the relevant food security topics.</div> <div><strong>Approved for JD credit.</strong></div>GP0|#01d644aa-9805-42f1-ba15-de87bd6614d9;L0|#001d644aa-9805-42f1-ba15-de87bd6614d9|Summer 2017 - 1 DL;GTSet|#ff5002fa-8399-4824-8dd4-231cdb4e3288;GPP|#938af55b-fbb1-40e4-b7f1-59a1714ca81bMay 2 - June 21, 20171790
REQ7186.Ahttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Classes/DispForm.aspx?ID=1785REQ7186.ALegislation and Regulation SurveySoler,Adrienne<div>This course will provide students an introduction to the legislative process, regulatory agencies, and agency law-making. Students will learn to navigate modern U.S. government institutions and processes, with a particular emphasis on the legislative process and the administrative state. Key topics include the structure and animating principles of the U.S. system of government, the relationship between the federal government and the States, the legislative law-making process, the nature and scope of administrative agency authority, the diverse modes of agency law-making and other decision-making, and the procedures and standards governing court review of legislative measures and agency actions.</div> <div><strong>Approved for Master's credit only.</strong></div>GP0|#01d644aa-9805-42f1-ba15-de87bd6614d9;L0|#001d644aa-9805-42f1-ba15-de87bd6614d9|Summer 2017 - 1 DL;GTSet|#ff5002fa-8399-4824-8dd4-231cdb4e3288;GPP|#938af55b-fbb1-40e4-b7f1-59a1714ca81bMay 2 - June 21, 20171785
ENV5112.Ahttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Classes/DispForm.aspx?ID=1786ENV5112.AScience for Environmental LawJones,Ross<div>Ecology is an integrative science that can provide insight into many contemporary environmental problems. Through visits to a variety of field sites in central Vermont, readings, and lectures, this course will explore the principles of ecology using a hands-on, interdisciplinary approach. Course work stresses the inventorying of biotic and physical components of a landscape (pieces), examining how these pieces are distributed (patterns), and determining what forces drive these patterns (processes). Topics will include interpreting the natural and cultural histories of a landscape, biodiversity conservation, and the scientific method, among others. This course requires minimal previous scientific understanding.</div> <div><strong>Approved for JD credit.</strong></div>GP0|#01d644aa-9805-42f1-ba15-de87bd6614d9;L0|#001d644aa-9805-42f1-ba15-de87bd6614d9|Summer 2017 - 1 DL;GTSet|#ff5002fa-8399-4824-8dd4-231cdb4e3288;GPP|#938af55b-fbb1-40e4-b7f1-59a1714ca81bMay 2 - June 21, 20171786
ENV5220.Ahttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Classes/DispForm.aspx?ID=1787ENV5220.AEnvironmental Economics and MarketsLetendre,Steven<div>The course introduces students to the discipline of environmental economics and exposes them to debates over the use of market-based instruments in environmental, energy, and climate policy. It also introduces students to basic economics and finance concepts, examines key principles about market behavior and efficiency, and applies these basic elements and concepts to common environmental problems and actual case studies.</div> <div><strong>Approved for JD credit.</strong></div>GP0|#01d644aa-9805-42f1-ba15-de87bd6614d9;L0|#001d644aa-9805-42f1-ba15-de87bd6614d9|Summer 2017 - 1 DL;GTSet|#ff5002fa-8399-4824-8dd4-231cdb4e3288;GPP|#938af55b-fbb1-40e4-b7f1-59a1714ca81bMay 2 - June 21, 20171787
ENV5212.Ahttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Classes/DispForm.aspx?ID=1788ENV5212.AClimate Change and the LawBach,TracyClimate change is the most profound social and environmental issue of the 21st century. This course will integrate the emerging science and law of climate change along with economic and intergenerational equity aspects of the problem. We will consider how existing federal laws such as the Clean Air Act and NEPA may be used to address climate change as well as how new more comprehensive laws may be fashioned. Different policy instruments will be considered including carbon taxes and emissions trading. State and regional approaches will be considered along with questions of federalism and preemption. Both supply-side and demand-side energy options will be evaluated, along with the transportation and land use sectors. Measures to reduce tropical deforestation and wetland loss will be included. Corporate responsibility, risk disclosures, and the role of socially responsible institutional investors will be examined. The development of new international agreements in a "post-Kyoto" world will be reviewed. Guest speakers will provide a variety of perspectives.</div> <div><strong>Approved for JD credit.</strong></div>GP0|#01d644aa-9805-42f1-ba15-de87bd6614d9;L0|#001d644aa-9805-42f1-ba15-de87bd6614d9|Summer 2017 - 1 DL;GTSet|#ff5002fa-8399-4824-8dd4-231cdb4e3288;GPP|#938af55b-fbb1-40e4-b7f1-59a1714ca81bMay 2 - June 21, 20171788
ENV5226.Ahttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Classes/DispForm.aspx?ID=1789ENV5226.AEnergy Law and Policy in a Carbon-Constrained WorldJames,Mark<div>The energy industry is both a key to the life that billions seek and America's most significant source of pollution. Environmental problems are the energy industry's most important constraint. This course examines key issues in American energy policy, and searches for ways to resolve or ease the strains, which that policy puts upon environmental sustainability. We will review fundamental facts about our energy demands and sample regulatory orders and legal writings that address many of those elements from the perspective of a legal review. Background readings will include ethical issues of social justice in siting projects and meeting -- or limiting --energy demand, the statutory schemes underlying traditional regulation, and an introduction to wholesale electric markets.</div> <div><strong>Approved for JD credit.</strong></div>GP0|#01d644aa-9805-42f1-ba15-de87bd6614d9;L0|#001d644aa-9805-42f1-ba15-de87bd6614d9|Summer 2017 - 1 DL;GTSet|#ff5002fa-8399-4824-8dd4-231cdb4e3288;GPP|#938af55b-fbb1-40e4-b7f1-59a1714ca81bMay 2 - June 21, 20171789

 Term 2

 

 

ENV5122.Ahttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Classes/DispForm.aspx?ID=1791ENV5122.ACommunication, Advocacy and LeadershipCarter,Jared<div>A successful environmental professional should possess the ability to advocate, counsel, investigate, persuade, research, and educate. This course will develop those skills through various writing and oral advocacy projects. In addition to other writing projects, students will compose a Freedom of Information Act request, draft a public comment letter, write a grant proposal letter of inquiry, and create an environmental communication campaign. Different skills will be emphasized through the exploration of these diverse types of writing. The class will focus extensively on the craft of writing well.</div> <div><strong>Approved for JD credit.</strong><br>Not available to LLM students.</strong></div>GP0|#0a66fadf-c7bf-41f0-8233-04052e782ca3;L0|#00a66fadf-c7bf-41f0-8233-04052e782ca3|Summer 2017 - 2 DL;GTSet|#ff5002fa-8399-4824-8dd4-231cdb4e3288;GPP|#938af55b-fbb1-40e4-b7f1-59a1714ca81bJuly 4 - August 23, 20171791
ENV5115.Ahttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Classes/DispForm.aspx?ID=1792ENV5115.AEnvironmental Law<div>This course is an introduction to the law of pollution control, management of hazardous materials, and preservation of natural resources, with a particular emphasis on major federal environmental statutes, including the National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and Superfund. The contrasting regulatory mechanisms in the different statutes, with consideration given to the economic and ethical assumptions underlying the different approaches, and the resolution of environmental problems through private litigation, federal regulation, economic incentive systems, and judicial review of administrative decisions are examined.</div> <div><strong>Approved for JD credit.</strong></div>GP0|#0a66fadf-c7bf-41f0-8233-04052e782ca3;L0|#00a66fadf-c7bf-41f0-8233-04052e782ca3|Summer 2017 - 2 DL;GTSet|#ff5002fa-8399-4824-8dd4-231cdb4e3288;GPP|#938af55b-fbb1-40e4-b7f1-59a1714ca81bJuly 4 - August 23, 20171792
ENV5479.Ahttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Classes/DispForm.aspx?ID=1793ENV5479.ALaw and Policy of Local Food Systems<div>This course explores state and local policies that impact distribution of food, restaurant regulation, and comparisons of state-level initiatives to bolster local food markets. Students will be exposed to specific skills for small and mid-size producers and entrepreneurs working in the agricultural and food industries. Finally, students will examine the state and local food laws and emerging entrepreneurial trends in food production. As state and local governments often control and implement even sweeping federal laws, students will explore the ground-level realities of working in the new food economy. Many states have implemented local policies in the interest of encouraging increased food production, and students will explore those new trends and innovative experiments.</div><div><strong>Approved for JD credit.</strong></div>GP0|#0a66fadf-c7bf-41f0-8233-04052e782ca3;L0|#00a66fadf-c7bf-41f0-8233-04052e782ca3|Summer 2017 - 2 DL;GTSet|#ff5002fa-8399-4824-8dd4-231cdb4e3288;GPP|#938af55b-fbb1-40e4-b7f1-59a1714ca81bJuly 4 - August 23, 20171793
ENV5228.Ahttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Classes/DispForm.aspx?ID=1794ENV5228.AEnergy Regulation and the Environmentgoldwasser,rachel<div>This course builds on the course Energy Law and Policy in a Carbon-Constrained World. The course exposes students to the legal, economic, and structural issues involved in both energy regulation and energy markets, focusing on electricity. The course examines the evolution, theory, and techniques of the monopoly regulation. Students learn how utilities are regulated. We examine rate setting, rate design and regulatory alternatives to traditional rates such as performance-based rates. The course then examines evolving competitive, market-based alternatives. The course exposes students to the latest approaches to managing the electric grid, to renewable energy strategies and procurement, energy efficiency, demand side management, and green markets.</div> <div><strong>Approved for JD credit.</strong></div>GP0|#0a66fadf-c7bf-41f0-8233-04052e782ca3;L0|#00a66fadf-c7bf-41f0-8233-04052e782ca3|Summer 2017 - 2 DL;GTSet|#ff5002fa-8399-4824-8dd4-231cdb4e3288;GPP|#938af55b-fbb1-40e4-b7f1-59a1714ca81bJuly 4 - August 23, 2017mcnamara,ed1794
ENV5235.Ahttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Classes/DispForm.aspx?ID=1795ENV5235.ANatural Resources LawJones,Ross<div>One third of the nation's land base belongs to the American public and is managed by the United States Forest Service and agencies of the Department of the Interior. The federal lands provide significant wildlife habitat and clean water, and are important sources of timber, forage, and energy. They also offer opportunities for recreation. Through this course students will examine the statutes and regulations governing the management of the federal lands and their resources. Students will consider the historical, political, and ecological influences on the law and management of these resources. They will also be introduced to the agencies with jurisdiction over the components of the federal estate.</div> <div><strong>Approved for JD credit.</strong></div>GP0|#0a66fadf-c7bf-41f0-8233-04052e782ca3;L0|#00a66fadf-c7bf-41f0-8233-04052e782ca3|Summer 2017 - 2 DL;GTSet|#ff5002fa-8399-4824-8dd4-231cdb4e3288;GPP|#938af55b-fbb1-40e4-b7f1-59a1714ca81bJuly 4 - August 23, 20171795
ENV5343.Ahttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Classes/DispForm.aspx?ID=1796ENV5343.AClimate Change Adaptation in Human SystemsCote,Michael<div>Most leading scientists and policymakers agree that, even if the international community acts promptly to limit future greenhouse gas emissions, levels of carbon and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere will continue to rise. Future accumulations of greenhouse gases are generally predicted to produce significant environmental effects, including higher sea levels, changes in temperature and precipitation patterns, reductions in snowfall and the extent of glaciers, and increasingly intense storms. This seminar will examine the legal challenges raised by the unavoidable need for our society to adapt (at least some, perhaps a lot) to the impacts of global warming. Some of the topics covered are alternative tools for dealing with eroding coastal shores and higher flooding risks, possible strategies for relocating urban populations to higher ground, appropriate federal and state property insurance policies in the era of global warming, and techniques for reallocating water supplies in periods of shortage. More generally, the course will explore global warming adaptation as an example of how the law and legal institutions evolve in response to major social changes.<br> <strong>Approved for JD credit.​</strong></div>GP0|#0a66fadf-c7bf-41f0-8233-04052e782ca3;L0|#00a66fadf-c7bf-41f0-8233-04052e782ca3|Summer 2017 - 2 DL;GTSet|#ff5002fa-8399-4824-8dd4-231cdb4e3288;GPP|#938af55b-fbb1-40e4-b7f1-59a1714ca81bJuly 4 - August 23, 20171796