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November 2007

  • The US Department of Education is looking into the practices of student loan agencies across the US. In Vermont, colleges have been asked about the high percentage of students receiving aid through the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC). VLS is one of five Vermont institutions that has provided information about its policies. The story can be read at

  • Rep. Kathy Lavoie (R-Swanton)noted the work of VLS's Institute for Energy and the Environment, as well as the Land Use Institute, in a letter to the St. Albans Messenger. In the letter, Rep. Lavoie recommends legislation to implement suggestions offered by the institutes. Read the letter online at

  • A recent panel discussion entitled "Balancing Power: Vermont Government on the Scales," moderated by Professor Cheryl Hanna, aired this week on the Regional Educational Technology Network (RETN) and was carried around the state on Comcast cable. Professor Teachout was among the five panelists who participated in the roundtable discussion. The program, which was cosponsored by The Snelling Center for Government, was originally presented at the University of Vermont on November 28.

  • VLS Professor Patrick Parenteau was quoted in the New York Times' Page 1 lead story responding to a federal appeals court rejection of the Bush Administration's fuel economy standards for trucks: And this from the New York Times: QUOTATION OF THE DAY "Climate change has ushered in a whole new era of judicial review." Patrick Parenteau, an environmental law professor, on an appeals court decision that struck down Bush administration's fuel economy standards as too lax. Prof. Parenteau was also interviewed on this topic for a segment on NPR's All Things Considered, which aired Nov. 16.

  • A series of reports that ran on Kentucky Public Radio about mountaintop removal by strip mining in Appalachia also includes quotes from Prof. Patrick Parenteau. The series ran here (click under "Strip Mining and Streams):

  • Exonerated death row inmate Shabaka WaQlimi's visit to VLS was the subject of several stories in the media, including this interview with Mitch Wertlieb on VPR's Morning Edition. Listen to the coverage on The Burlington Free Press also carried a story on Page 1B that can be read at The Valley News ran a lengthy piece on Shabaka WaQlimi's presentation that ran on Page 2 of the November 14 edition, along with a large photo of VLS Professor Michael Mello and Shabaka WaQlimi. The story is not available online, but copies may be obtained by calling the communications office at x1106.

  • VLS alumnus Thomas Soucia '89 was named as the Franklin County, N.Y. public defender. Read the news article at

  • A decision by Windsor County State's Attorney Prosecutor and VLS alumnus Robert Sand '87 to send a marijuana possession case to diversion, and Governor Douglas' unusual response to that decision, prompted debate in and out of the legal community. Dean Jeff Shields spoke about the case with Vermont Public Radio, and with Channels 5 and 31 news:, link changes frequently). Professor Cheryl Hanna offered her thoughts on the case to the Valley News. Read about them on

  • The Burlington Free Press ran an advance on a VLS forum on veterans' benefits and health care programs. Read it at

  • Dean Jeff Shields taped a radio tribute to the late Judge James Oakes, which ran on Vermont Public Radio. Listen to the tribute on (click listen" at right to hear audio).

  • The Castine (Maine) Patriot noted the ENRLC's involvement in a settlement agreement that will require federal wildlife agencies to protect critical habitat for the endangered Gulf of Maine population of wild Atlantic salmon. The agreement resulted from a lawsuit filed by the Conservation Law Foundation and the Center for Biological Diversity in December 2006. Read the article at