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Vermont Law School Hosts Annual Conference of National Association of Environmental Law Societies

March 24, 2008

CONTACT: Diane Derby, Media Relations Director

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT – More than 250 law students from 28 law schools turned out for the National Association of Environmental Law Societies' 2008 conference, "Picking up the Pieces: Reclaiming Global Environmental Leadership," proudly hosted this year by Vermont Law School.

Highlights of the conference, which ran from March 20-22, included a keynote address delivered by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and a reunion dinner featuring Richard Ayres and John Adams, two of the founders of the Natural Resources Defense Council who humorously recalled their experiences launching the NRDC in the early 1970s.

The three-day conference included two dozen panels and workshops that examined today’s environmental challenges and strategies for the future. Speaking on topics such as climate change, water scarcity, habitat destruction and China's environmental degradation, more than 60 presenters took part in the conference, which was held at the campuses of the University of Vermont and Vermont Law School.

"The energy at this year’s conference is a sure sign that today's generation is taking action to better the environment," said VLS student Laurie Wheelock, who with Thad Adkins served as co-chairs of the NAELS Planning Committee. "We were honored that Vermont Law School was chosen to host this year's event."

For more information on the 2008 NAELS conference, please visit

To read the keynote address delivered by Senator Sanders, "The Crisis of Climate Change: Where Do We Go from Here?" please visit

The March 22 session also incorporated the fifth annual Vermont Law School Solutions Conference. For more information on the Solutions Conference, please visit

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