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Hot Topics in Environmental Law Summer Speaker Series

Ongoing Tuesdays & Thursdays
12:00pm - 1:00pm
#007 Oakes Hall, Vermont Law School

Throughout the summer, the summer faculty, distinguished scholars, media fellows, and others offer noon-time lectures on a wide range of current issues in environmental law. Vermont Bar Association Continuing Legal Education credit is available to members of the Vermont bar who attend the Hot Topics lectures.

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Thursday, May 29: "Barrow to Baja: Saving Pacific Seabirds & Shorebirds" with Michael Sutton, National Audubon Society.

Tuesday, June 3: "Live Animal Transport: Flawed & Lawless" with Pamela Vesilind, University of Arkansas School of Law and Vermont Law School.

Thursday, June 5: "Electric Vehicles and the Grid: New Load or New Resource" with Steven Letendre, Green Mountain College.

Tuesday, June 10: "The Economic Crisis of 2008: Will the Study of Environmental Policy Ever Be the Same?" with Curt Ventriss, University of Vermont.

Thursday, June 12: "A Federal Practitioner's Perspective on Ocean Resource Management" with James E. Landis, Fleet and Operational Environmental Law, U.S. Navy.

Tuesday, June 17: "Unnatural Disasters: How Law Hurts, How Law Helps" with Sandra Zellmer, University of Nebraska College of Law.

Thursday, June 19: "Water Pollution Control in Vietnam: Reality and Policy" with Randolph L. Hill, U.S. EPA.

Tuesday, June 24: "Koontz: A Big Yawn for Environmental Law?" with J.B. Ruhl, Vanderbilt Law School, and John Echeverria, Vermont Law School.

Thursday, June 26: "Why I Do What I Do: Environmental Journalism in 2014 and How Real Lives Exist Beyond the Rhetoric" with Tom Henry, The Toledo Blade.

Tuesday, July 8: "A Climate Treaty without Congress" with David A. Wirth, Boston College Law School.

Thursday, July 10: "Human Rights and the Environment: The Relationship Becomes Clearer" with John Knox, Wake Forest University School of Law.

Tuesday, July 15: "Energy Justice and Poverty in Vermont: Burdensome for Whom?" with Benjamin Sovacool, Vermont Law School; AU Herning, Aarhus University; and Jonathan Teller-Elsberg, Vermont Law School.

Thursday, July 17: "Changing Threats to Coral Reefs" with Osha Davidson, Earthzine.

Tuesday, July 22: "Resilience and Sustainable Development in Conflict Prone Countries" with Lea Swanson, USAID.

Thursday, July 24: "The Struggle to Protect China's Environment" with Robert V. Percival, University of Francis King Carey School of Law, and Huiyu Zhao, Shanghai Jiaotong University.

Thursday, July 31: "Fracking, Case Law, and Marcellus Shale Communities" with Kevin Begos, The Associated Press.

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