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Constitution Day Program Examines the Vermont Yankee Case

September 17, 2013
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Chase Center, Vermont Law School

Vermont Law School will be sponsoring a panel titled, "The Role of 'Preemption' Doctrine in American Constitutional Law: Anatomy of the Vermont Yankee Case" on constitutional issues raised in the federal litigation over the Vermont legislature's attempt to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.  Vermont Law School's Professor Cheryl Hanna and Professor Pat Parenteau, who were regular commentators on the litigation throughout the entire process, will discuss the preemption challenge brought by Entergy Company, the owner of the plant, that asserted the Vermont legislature's decision was motivated by nuclear safety concerns that lie within the exclusive province of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and thus invalid.  The handling of the preemption issue by all of the players involved - the Vermont state legislature; the attorneys for the state and for Entergy, the federal District Court, and finally the federal U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit- provides a fascinating and instructive glimpse into the increasingly important role played by "preemption" doctrine in American constitutional jurisprudence.  

The panel discussion will be held from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in Chase Hall and is free and open to the public.   Professor Peter Teachout will introduce the program and serve as moderator.