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Vermont Law School Faculty Featured in National Media

August 2, 2013


Peter Glenshaw, Director of Communications, Vermont Law School
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SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt.—For the past month, Vermont Law School faculty and scholars have been appearing consistently on a wide range of topics in regional and national media, including the Washington Post and New York Times. For instance, last week the Washington Post published an op-ed by Professor Jackie Gardina regarding the hopes and challenges which exist in states with different laws concerning gay marriage. The article, “A Gay Marriage Ban with Limits,” garnered nearly 200 online comments within a few days of its publication.

Earlier that same week, Professor Janet Milne, who leads the Environmental Tax Policy Institute at Vermont Law School, was quoted in The New York Times regarding Australia’s decision to move from a carbon tax to a cap-and-trade system.

More than 50 local and national media outlets, including Bloomberg Business Week, covered the release of a report by Marc Cooper, Senior Fellow at the VLS Institute for Energy and the Environment, regarding economic competition facing nuclear energy. The report focused on the economic challenges faced generally by the nuclear energy industry due to new energy sources, and specifically identified nuclear plants which might close sooner than expected.

Professor Melissa Scanlan, who also directs the Environmental Law Center and serves as the Associate Dean for Environmental Programs, attracted attention when a decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court cited two law review articles she wrote. Shortly thereafter, Professor Scanlan wrote an op-ed in the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel on the case (“It’s Not Open Season on Wetlands”).

Finally, Professor John Echeverria's op-ed in The New York Times in late June (“A Legal Blow to Sustainable Development”) continued to attract media attention after it become the second most emailed article on the site in the 24 hours after its publication.

“We are incredibly proud of our faculty and scholars at Vermont Law School,” said President and Dean Marc Mihaly. “They are the reason we have remained the top-ranked law school in environmental law since 1991. We are grateful for their commitment not only to teaching and scholarship, but also to making a difference in the community and world.”


Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, has the top-ranked environmental law program and one of the top-ranked clinical training programs in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor curriculum that emphasizes public service; two Master’s Degrees (Master of Environmental Law and Policy, and Master of Energy Regulation and Law), and three post-JD degrees—LLM in American Legal Studies (for foreign-trained lawyers), LLM in Energy Law, and LLM in Environmental Law. The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center, the South Royalton Legal Clinic, and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic. For more information, visit

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