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Failure Isn’t An Option, MLK Day Speaker Tells VT Law School

Some of America's founding fathers owned slaves, but their pursuit of equality, justice and a "more perfect union" remains relevant today, Vermont Law School's Martin Luther King, Jr., Day speaker said Tuesday.

National Media Discuss Vermont Yankee Court Ruling With VT Law School Experts

The New York Times and other media nationwide sought out Vermont Law School faculty experts for insight into a federal court's recent ruling on the fate of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

U.S.-China Partnership Receives Grant to Promote Environmental, Public Health

Vermont Law School's U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law, in collaboration with Sweden's Faculty of Law at Uppsala University, recently received a $40,000 grant to fund a joint conference with Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, in September.

Williams Lecturer Discusses What's Driving New York City's Unprecedented Rezonings

Like much in land use politics, the results of Professor Vicki Been's comprehensive study of New York City's unprecedented rezoning effort were complicated. But one conclusion was clear: Land use decision-making should be more transparent and tied to city- and region-wide consequences.

VLS Faculty Discuss: Why Law School, Why Vermont Law School

At a time of widespread change in the legal job market, legal education and how the law is practiced, Vermont Law School's new video "Why Law School, Why Vermont Law School" features members of the VLS faculty discussing the life-long benefits of earning a JD.

MacDonough '98 Named U.S. Senate's First Female Parliamentarian

Elizabeth MacDonough '98 recently became the first woman selected as chief parliamentarian in the U.S. Senate since the post was created in 1935.

Wynona Ward '98 Profiled in Documentary Film

BYUtv aired a short documentary recently about Vermont Law School alumnus Wynona Ward '98 and the nonprofit legal group she founded, Have Justice--Will Travel, which advocates for battered, low-income women and children in Vermont.

Sports Industry Leaders to Advise Sports Law Institute

Vermont Law School's Sports Law Institute recently announced its Board of Advisors, which includes some of America's top sports industry leaders, and the start of a Blue Chips program designed to give students the core skills, hands-on experience and research opportunities needed to succeed in the sports world.

After Irene: VPR Reports on VJEL Symposium

Tropical Storm Irene may be past, but its impact on Vermont continues to reverberate as government officials, property owners, conversationists, anglers and others look for better ways to manage rivers and floodwaters in the Green Mountain state.

Sen. Leahy Wins $3.9 M for VLS, ISC to Continue Environmental Work in China

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has rescued $3.9 million to continue the work of Vermont Law School's U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law and another pioneering Vermont organization that are helping to nurture the emergence of environmental advocacy in China.

China Fellow Moser Discusses True Costs of Conservation

A recent editorial by media personality John Stossel about the costs of environmental protection prompted a response in the Huffington Post from Adam Moser, a China Environment Fellow and Energy Law Fellow at Vermont Law School's U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law.

New Clinical Building to Improve Free Legal Services for Public

Vermont Law School cut the ribbon Friday on its new Center for Legal Services, an historic landmark that underwent a $3.5 million renovation to create a vibrant new home for VLS's largest pro bono clinics.

"Be Problem Solvers," Speakers Urge VLS Graduates

Vermont Law School's newest alumni should dedicate themselves to being problem solvers who serve the public good in a rapidly changing world, two prominent speakers told members of the class of 2012 during VLS's 37th commencement weekend.

Op-Ed by Professor Jackie Gardina: Educating Effective Lawyers

The California State Bar is considering whether to impose a practical skills requirement for admission.

Op-Ed by Professor Oliver Goodenough: If You Don't Tax the Wealthy Enough, They Get Lazy

A few weeks ago, I spent some time in the village "watering hole," decompressing a bit with some friends over a beer or two. It was a little later in the evening, when philosophy has replaced thirst in our thinking and when we understand that everything we say to each other is remarkably wise and penetrating.

VLS Selects New Summer Media Fellows

Journalists from the Los Angeles Times, Associated Press and High Country News have been selected as Vermont Law School's 2012 Summer Media Fellows.

Chinese Judges to Study Environmental Law at VLS

South Royalton is different from New York City, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, but the little village and the big cities do share one trait -- they're often the four places that Chinese lawyers, judges and law students visit when they come to the United States to learn about environmental rule of law.

Professor Cheryl Hanna Explains Supreme Court Health Law Ruling

Vermont Law School Professor Cheryl Hanna provided Vermont Public Radio and other media with insight into the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision on President Obama's health care overhaul law.

Rio Conference Favors Economic Development Over Environmental Justice, International Law Experts Say

Speaking at Vermont Law School where they recently spent two weeks at the Environmental Law Center's Summer Session, two of the world's most renowned international environmental law experts expressed their disappointment with the recent the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

Vermont Law School Raises Record 18.4 Million in Capital Campaign

Vermont Law School President and Dean Jeff Shields Dean and Matt Rizzo, executive director of VLS's Office of Institutional Advancement, on Tuesday announced the successful completion of the largest capital campaign in the school's history.

Fiertz Family Donates 100,000 Dollars to VLS for Poverty Law Services

Alden Fiertz has given $100,000 to strengthen the social justice partnership between Vermont Law School's South Royalton Legal Clinic (SRLC) and the Upper Valley Haven, which provide a range of services to needy families.

Dean Mihaly Discusses Future of VLS, Legal Education with Vermont Public Radio

In an interview with Vermont Public Radio, Vermont Law School President and Dean Marc Mihaly, who took office on Aug. 1, discusses the opportunities and challenges facing Vermont Law School and legal education as a whole.

New Yorker Cartoonist Draws Former Dean Shields

New Yorker cartoonist Ed Koren captured former VLS Dean Jeff Shields in a portrait that hangs in the Cornell Library.

“Is There Still a War on Terror?” Asks Human Rights Activist Gabor Rona ’78

Gabor Rona '78, the international legal director of Human Rights First, returned Sept. 13 to Vermont Law School, where he met with students, faculty, staff and the public to discuss "the most challenging legal topics of our time: human rights and counterterrorism."

New Video Highlights U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law

The U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law at Vermont Law School recently posted a new video highlighting its accomplishments in helping China to address the unprecedented environmental and public health problems that have accompanied the nation's rapid economic expansion.

U.S. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Lauds VLS Initiative to Improve Nation's Food System

Agriculture is hip -- from rural cornfields and college campuses to Capitol Hill cocktail parties and committee hearings. That was the word Friday from Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, who told Vermont Law School's inaugural Conference on Agriculture and Food Systems that public interest in farming and food will continue to grow as Americans confront the challenge of feeding themselves without polluting their air, waters and landscape.

Environmental Clinic Prevails in Natural Gas Pipeline Battle in Puerto Rico

Vermont Law School's Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic recently prevailed in its two-year battle against a proposed 92-mile natural gas pipeline that threatened fragile ecosystems in Puerto Rico.

VLS Inaugurates New President and Dean Marc Mihaly

At his inauguration Friday, Vermont Law School President and Dean Marc Mihaly pledged to continue VLS's tradition of teaching leadership, knowledge and morality, but also to expand its efforts to combine school and work, to offer diverse graduate degrees and to internationalize, so that students are better prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing legal landscape.

National Media Report on Vermont Law's Plan to Become Leaner, Stronger

Vermont Law School's plan to restructure has drawn nationwide media attention recently as law schools and the legal profession seek to adapt to the rapidly changing legal landscape.