​​​​​​​​​​​​Read below about some of the latest scholarships and impacts made by VLS community members.

  • Craig Pease's article,  "Zika, Lead, Bad Water, And Why Sex is Just Not So Fun Nowadays​," appears in the Science and the Law column, Environmental Law Forum, May-June ​2016.​​​

  • Patrick Parenteau​ gave the keynote address “Just Say No: Reducing Nutrient Pollution to  Chesapeake Bay” at a conference sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Annapolis, MD on April 22, 2016.

  • Yanmei Lin's​ article (co-authored with lawyer HU Shaobo), "Environmental Civil Public Interest Litigation in China: Empowering Green NGOs to Fight against Pollution"  was published as one of the featured articles in The China Environment Series 13, Spring 2016. 

  • Stephen Dycus​ gave a book talk on his new book, Soldiers on the Home Front, at the Brennan Center at NYU Law School on April 19, 2016.

  • Kinvin Wroth, with McGill colleagues Peter Brown and Robert Godin, organized and participated in “Law and Governance for the Anthropocene,” a workshop held at Vermont Law School on April 7 and 8, 2016, as part of the Law School’s role in Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A), a joint program of McGill, UVM, and York University, Toronto. In addition to the three organizers, papers were presented by VLS colleagues Michael Dworkin, Hillary Hoffmann (delivered  by CAFS staff-member Rebecca Valentine), Reed Loder, Pat Parenteau, Jessica Scott, Gabriela Steier (LLM Fellow) and five faculty members and graduate students from McGill, other Canadian institutions, and UVM. Commenters on the papers were VLS colleague Betsy Baker​ and a panel of nine students from the participating schools, including Mark James, LLM 2016, and Sheng Sun, MELP 2016.  

  • Kevin Jones presented on the VLS Energy Clinic’s Community Solar Model at the Community Distributed Generation Summit sponsored by the Adirondack North Country Association at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY on March 31, 2016.

  • Patrick Parenteau​ presented “Ending the War on Wildlife: Reforming the Wildlife Services Agency within the US Department of Agriculture" at the Massachusetts School of Liberal Arts on March 31, 2016.

  • Kevin Jones was an invited participant in an international workshop on the New Business and Regulatory Models for the Utility of the Future sponsored by King Abdullah’s Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), in New York City on March 29, 2016. 

  • Patrick Parenteau​ filed an amicus curiae brief​ in West Virginia v EPA (clean power plan case). Brief was prepared by an ENRLC team consisting of student clinicians Brittany Wright and Kelsey Egger under the supervision of Ken Rumelt, on March 28, 2016.

  • Patrick Parenteau​'s article (co-authored with Mingde Cao), "Carbon Trading in China​," appears in Environmental Law Review​, March 2016.

  • Janet Milne submitted the manuscript for a two-volume reader, Environmental Taxation and the Law.  The volumes contains 44 previously published journal articles and four book chapters written by authors around the world and will be published by Edward Elgar (Fall 2016).  

  • Kevin Jones​ coauthored along with JD and Masters students Taylor Curtis, Matthew Roche, Dan Sauer, and Marc de Konkly Thege, “The Distributed Utility: Conflicts and Opportunities,” in Future of Utilities – Utilities of the Future:  How Technological Innovations in Distributed Generation will Reshape the Electrical Power Sector, Academic Press, forthcoming Spring  2016.

  • Craig Pease's article,  "Climate Changing: The Alchemy (and Science) of Ice, Heat, and Sun," appears in the Science and the Law column, Environmental Law Forum, March-April 2016.​​​

  • Melissa Scanlan​'s chapter "A Comparative Analysis of the Public Trust Doctrine for Managing Water in the United States and India," will appear in Handbook on Water Law and Policy, Alistair Rieu-Clarke, et. al. (eds.), Routledge, (forthcoming 2016).

  • Laurie Ristino​​ moderated a panel discussion; "Food: What's Law Got To Do With It? A lot.," Food and Agriculture Law Society and Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT, March 16, 2016. 

  • Betsy Baker​ was one of five policy experts asked to brief the media at the Arctic Science Summit Week, the most important global meetin​g of Arctic natural and social scientists held each year, on March 15, 2016.​

  • David Mears​ authored an amicus brief filed by the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC) on behalf of Vermont Natural Resources Council and Preservation Trust of Vermont in the Vermont Supreme Court in the matter of the application of B&M Realty for an Act 250 permit, on March 11, 2016.  B&M Realty obtained a permit from the Environmental Division of the Vermont Superior Court to build a large mixed use development at Exit 1 of Interstate 89.  The permit has been appealed by the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission and the Vermont Natural Resources Board.  VNRC and PTV argued in support of the appellants that the development was strip development violating the regional plan and the goals and purposes of Act 250, Act 200 and many other state policies favoring smart growth over sprawl.  Professor Mears authored the brief with the able assistance of Student Clinicians Kelsey Eggert and Matthew Carlisle and Paralegal Monica Litzelman.

  • Tracy Bach's article "Human Rights in a Climate Changed World: The Impact of COP21, Nationally Determined Contributions, and National Courts" was listed on SSRN's Top 10 download list on March 9 and March 11, 2016 for:
    • Environmental Justice & Sustainability eJournal
    • AARN: Social Justice & Human Rights (Sub-Topic)
    • SRPN: Human Rights Issues (Topic)
    • PSN: Human Rights Networks (Topic) 
    • AARN: Topics of Concern in Applied Anthropology (Topic)
  • Patrick Parenteau​ received the Kerry Rydberg Award at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, University of Oregon, March 5, 2016.

  • Betsy Baker was an invited speaker for the third annual conference on Tribal Sovereignty and Economic Development in Alaska on March 4, 2016.  Her topic was “Two views of Arctic Resource Development: The Law of the Sea and Indigenous Rights on the Continental Shelf.”  Her co-panelist at the Anchorage conference was VLS grad Peter Van Tuyn.

  • Stephen Dycus gave a book talk (along with co-author William C. Banks) on his new  book, Soldiers on the Home Front: The Domestic Role of the American Military, at Georgetown Law School, March 2, 2016.

  • Stephen Dycus was a panelist on "Federal and State Authority and the Role of the Military During Public Health Crises" at the symposium Strengthening National Security by Protecting Public Health at Georgetown University Law School, sponsored by the Journal of National Security Law & Policy, on March 1, 2016.

  • Kevin Jones​ ​accompanied Energy Clinic and IEE Students Heather Huebner (JD/MERL), Gregg Freeman (JD/MELP) and Aaron Kelly (MERL) as they testified before the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee on their report “An Analysis of Renewable Energy Credits in Vermont," on February 26, 2016.  The Energy Clinic’s report was produced at the request of the chair of the committee and was covered extensively by the media in Vermont and the national trade press.

  • Patrick Parenteau​ gave the keynote address, "The Post Scalia Era of Environmental Law," at the 17th Annual Northeast Florida Environmental Summit, Florida Coastal Law School, February 25, 2016.

  • Michael Dworkin​ submitted testimony to the Vermont Legislature’s Joint House and Senate Government Operations Committees on "The Financial Risks of Reliance on High-Fossil-Fuel Stocks: Five-year Stock Price Comparisons of High-Fossil Stock Holdings," Montpelier, VT, on February 19, 2016.

  • Michael Dworkin​ presented "The Food – Energy – Water Nexus: “Connecting Education to Practice at the Nexus," at the 16th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy & the Environment, Washington, D.C., January 19-21, 2016.

  • Betsy Baker presented an “Arctic Council Update” to the Arctic Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association, in Anchorage​, Alaska on January 11, 2016.

  • Laurie Ristino​ presented “Agricultural and Food Law, Environmental Law, and Natural Resources and Energy Law Joint Program” at the AALS Annual Meeting on January 8, 2016.​

  • Stephen Dycus co-authored (with William C. Banks) Soldiers on the Home Front: The Domestic Role of the American Military (Harvard University Press), released January 4, 2016.

  • Craig Pease's article,  "Fracking's Enhanced Oil and Gas Recovery Means More Earthquakes​​," appears in the Science and the Law column, Environmental Law Forum, January-February 2016.​​​

  • Sean Nolon's article, "The Challenges and Opportunities Confronting Modern Public Policy Mediators," appears in Dispute Resolution Magazine, American Bar Association, Winter 2016. 

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