​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​Friday, October 23, 2015​

TMDLs 2.0: Charting a Course for Clean Water 
"Early Bird Session: TMDLs for Dummies"


Professor Patrick Parenteau, Vermont Law School

Friday, October 23, 2015​

Joseph R. SimpsonVJEL Editor-in-Chief 
Dean Mark Latham, Vermont Law School

Friday, October 23, 2015
TMDLs 2.0: Charting a Course for Clean Water 
"Morning Keynote: After the TMDLs"


Dave Owen, Professor of Law, University of California Hastings College of the Law

Friday, October 23, 2015
TMDLs 2.0: Charting a Course for Clean Water 
"American Farm Bureau v. EPA: Protecting the Chesapeake"


Moderated by Professor John Echeverria
Jon A. Mueller, Vice President for Litigation, Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Richard E. Schwartz, Partner, Crowell & Moring
Nina Bell, Executive Director, Northwest Environmental Advocates 
Mary Jane Angelo, Professor of Law, Alumni Research Scholar, and Director, Environmental and Land Use Law Program University of Florida Levin College of Law

Friday, October 23, 2015
TMDLs 2.0: Charting a Course for Clean Water 
"Cutting Edge Litigation I: Exploring the Gulf of Mexico and Toxics in Washington State"


Moderated by Professor Jack Tuholske
Richard A. Smith, Managing Partner, Smith & Lowney, PLLC
Richard E. Schwartz, Partner, Crowell & Moring, LLP
Matt Rota, Senior Policy Director, Gulf Restoration Network

Friday, October 23, 2015
TMDLs 2.0: Charting a Course for Clean Water 
Afternoon Keynote: "Searching for the Missing, a CWA Story"


Oliver Houck, Professor of Law, Tulane University Law School

 Friday, October 23, 2015

Moderated by Professor Laurie Ristino
Deborah Markowitz, Secretary, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
Chuck Ross, Secretary, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets
Stephen Perkins, Aquatic Ecosystems Program Manager, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region I – New England
Chris Kilian, Vice President and Director, Conservation Law Foundation Vermont
David Mears, Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic at VLS and former Commissioner of Vermont Dep’t. of Environmental Conservation

Friday, October 23, 2015
TMDLs 2.0: Charting a Course for Clean Water 
"Cutting Edge Litigation II: Agricultural Tile Drains and the Effectiveness of TMDLs"

Moderated by Professor Laura Murphy​
Charlie Tebbutt, Law Offices of Charles M. Tebbutt, P.C.
Debora K. Kristensen, Partner, Givens Pursley, LLP
Jerry Anderson, Richard M. and Anita Calkins Distinguished Professor of Law, Drake University Law School
Mark James, Global Energy Fellow in the Institute for Energy and the Environment, LL.M in Energy Law Candidate 2016

Thursday, July 30, 2015


Hot Topics: Still a Paper tiger? from CATV 10 on Vimeo.

There is a broad consensus that chronic problems with enforcement of China’s environmental laws have been due in part to the lack of an independent judiciary in China. This presentation will explore why China’s judiciary still must overcome many obstacles before it truly can achieve the promise of China’s new Environmental Protection Law.​

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Hot Topics in Environmental Law presents: Robert Percival, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Environmental Law in 'The Last Place on Earth' from CATV 10 on Vimeo.

This lecture will review how well the unique legal regime to protect the Antarctic environment is working. It will discuss the difficulty of taking enforcement action against transgressors, as illustrated by controversies over Japanese whaling in Antarctica and the recent confrontation between the New Zealand navy and a criminal fishing enterprise. The lecture will compare and contrast the legal regime that governs protection of Antarctica’s environment with that applicable to the Arctic, where there has been a rush to exploit polar oil resources.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

July 16, 2015 Hot Topics Janelle Orsi from Vermont Law School on Vimeo.

At the rate that humans are disrupting ecosystems and widening the wealth gap, the world needs nothing short of one million lawyers to shift the focus of their work to supporting the development of land trusts, cooperatives, and a variety of projects and enterprises that build just, equitable, and sustainable economies. As every community reinvents its systems for accessing food, energy, goods, water, housing, and transportation, lawyers—and particularly transactional lawyers—will play a key role in developing the legal blueprint for the next economy.


​Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Hot Topics: Will the U.S. Constitution Inhibit the Transition to Sustainable Energy that Many States are Implementing? from CATV 10 on Vimeo.

There have been almost 20 suits contesting the constitutionality of state energy regulation or sustainable energy incentives, raising either the Supremacy Clause or the Commerce Clause of the Constitution or both; federal courts are ruling illegal most of the challenged regulations that proceed to judgment. This presentation will work through legal challenges to the entire state ‘toolbox’ of Renewable Portfolio Standards, net metering, and feed-in-tariffs, and how states could best achieve a sustainable outcome.​

​Thursday, July 9, 2015

The California drought, now in its fourth year, has turned national attention on the rarely thought-about dynamics of water supply and demand. Facing a much-drier future— scientists predict mega-droughts to hit the west in the next 50 years—California may have to radically readjust its relationship to water. This talk will explore the ethics and politics of the current crisis, and hypothetical solutions.

​Tuesday, July 7, 2015


Hot Topics: On the Road to the Paris Agreement: COP21 and its Impact on Climate Change from CATV 10 on Vimeo.

The 196 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change are poised to commit to a new way of acting globally and nationally to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change impacts. Wondering what an INDC is? The ADP? CDM+ and REDD+? This presentation not only demystifies the acronyms you’ll read as the climate change negotiations in December draw near, but it also puts the historic nature of the Paris meeting into context.

​Thursday, June 25, 2015
Hot Topics in Environmental Law presents: Timothy McDonnell, Mother Jones and Climate Desk
"Solar Wars​"

Hot Topics: Solar Wars from CATV 10 on Vimeo.

Solar power is taking off at breakneck speed, which is great news for climate advocates and the clean energy industry, but an unprecedented challenge to the hegemony of the powerful utility industry. Across the country, utilities are pushing back with legislative opposition to solar, often with the support of conservative groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council. Who will prevail in the solar wars?

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Hot Topics in Environmental Law presents: Birgitte Egelund Olsen, Aarhus University, Denmark
"Living Next to a Wind Turbine: Local Vs Global Interests​"

Hot Topics: Living near a Wind Turbine from CATV 10 on Vimeo.

How would you like to live next to a wind farm? Does it affect the environment; would it have an impact on health and your quality of life? The achievement of political targets on the increased share of renewable energy—and in particular wind energy—is facing serious impediments due to local opposition. This lecture examines the role of law in addressing local concerns towards wind energy projects, providing a Danish comparison.​


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

With concerns over pollution and fracking, is it safe to drink tap water? Should we feel guilty buying bottled water? Is the water we drink vulnerable to terrorist attacks? With springs running dry and reservoirs emptying, where is our water going to come from in the future? Drinking water highlights the most pressing issues of our time—from globalization and social justice to terrorism and climate change—and how humans have been wrestling with these problems for centuries. 

​Thursday, June 11 , 2015

Hot Topics in Environmental Law presents: Philippe Cullet, University of London; Centre for Policy Research; International Environmental Law Research Centre
Sanitation Law and Policy in India: Multiple Challenges​” 


​​​​Sanitation is a crucial challenge in India where the largest number of people practicing open defecation is found. The realization of the human right to sanitation includes not only access to toilets, but also implementing wastewater treatment and purifying drinking water sources.

Thursday, June 4, 2015
Hot Topics in Environmental Law presents: James Chen, Michigan State University 
Legal Signal Processing” ​

The President’s unilateral power to declare a federal disaster under the Stafford Act invites political manipulation. Fourier analysis of disaster declarations from 1953 to 2013 confirms the presence of a four-year cycle, peaking in presidential election years and reaching its trough in years immediately following an election.

​Friday, May 15, 2015
40th Commencement Honorary Degree Recipient Lecture: Kim Wasserman​, Director, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
"It Takes a Village​​​​"​

​​Kimberly Wasserman grew up in the Chicago neighborhood of Little Village, the same community where she currently lives and works.  As a grassroots activist and coordinator for the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, she led local residents in a successful campaign to shut down two of the country's oldest and dirtiest coal plants — and is now transforming Chicago's old industrial sites into parks and multi-use spaces. Empowering Little Village community members has been the highlight of her career. "They have been able to realize they do not need politicians, that they have the skills and talents to take action on their own.  One person says, we can fix it and they do it." Building a sound organization of people that work well together towards the same goal has been her most significant achievement to date.  Kimberly Wasserman defines advocacy; for the world and the community.  It is our pleasure to announce Kimberly Wasserman as a 2015 Honorary Degree recipient and honorary degree lecturer for 2015.​​


​​Thursday, April 23, 2015
2015 Earth Week Speaker: Bob Irvin, President & CEO, American Rivers​
"Hope is a River"​

America has gone from an era in which every river was seen as something to be dammed, diverted, or destroyed, to a new era of river restoration.  Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers, the nation’s leading conservation group working to protect and restore rivers, will discuss this transformation, telling stories of hope about river protection and restoration as well as the challenges ahead.​​