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Vermont Law School Offers Free Hot Topics Lectures on Environmental Issues

May 29, 2014

Maryellen Apelquist, Director of Media Relations, Vermont Law School
office: 802-831-1228, cell: 802-299-5593,

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt., May 29, 2014—Throughout the summer, Vermont Law School faculty, distinguished scholars, media fellows, and other experts deliver one-hour lectures on a wide range of current issues related to the environment—from climate change to energy justice. Free and open to the public, the “Hot Topics in Environmental Law” lectures are held from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in Oakes Hall Room 007 on the VLS campus.

“We are pleased to offer this free lecture series to the public and look forward to welcoming so many nationally and internationally recognized experts to the Vermont Law School campus,” said Associate Dean Melissa Scanlan, director of the Environmental Law Center at VLS. “This is a unique opportunity to learn more about the critical environmental issues of the day.”

The “Hot Topics” lectures for 2014 are:

  • 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.

For more information about the “Hot Topics in Environmental Law” series, including Vermont Bar Association Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit, visit, call Courtney Collins at 802-831-1371 or email


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, find us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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