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December 2008

  • Professor Steve Dycus was interviewed by TIME for this Dec. 31 story on Department of Defense plans to have uniformed troops assist in disaster response. Read the article at

  • Professor Donald Kreis wrote this op-ed, "Country Living, At a Cost," following the massive electrical outage that hit New Hampshire residents. The piece ran in the Dec. 28 edition of the Concord Monitor.

  • Professor David Mears and the ENRLC are representing Residents Concerned About Omya, which is challenging the state's decision to allow the company to continue to dispose of its marble waste tailings in unlined pits on the property. The Rutland Herald published this Dec. 29 story about the latest developments in the groundwater protection case. See the article at

  • Alumna Shari Sobel (JD '03) joined Bergen & Parkinson in Kennebunk, Maine. MaineToday carried the Jan. 8 piece.

  • Alumnus Thomas O'Donnell (JD '85) has been named managing partner for the firm Holland & Hart in Denver. The Denver Business Journal carried this story on Jan. 5.

  • Alumnus Avery Staley (JD '07) has been named staff counsel for Lt. Governor-Elect Walter Dalton of North Carolina, as noted in this online piece. Read the story at
    • VLS alumnus Christopher Curtis, JD '06, was profiled in a Dec. 19 Times Argus story, which explored his career as a staff attorney with Vermont Legal Aid and the challenges faced by those who represent low-income clients in tough economic times. Read the story at

    • Matt Houde, VLS associate director of Career Services (and N.H. Senator-elect), was interviewed by VPR for a Dec. 18th Morning Edition piece, in which he discussed the hardships faced by a community that went for nearly a week without power following an ice storm that hit the region. Listen to the piece at

    • Professor Patrick Parenteau provided some help for a Dec. 18 Slate column that explained the significance of listing non-native species on the Endangered Species Act. Read the story at

    • Professor Cheryl Hanna spoke with the Burlington Free Press for a Dec. 14 story about three high-profile murder cases in Vermont that captured headlines in 2008. Read the article at She was also quoted in a Rutland Herald story about a Vermont case that is headed for argument before the US Supreme Court. Hanna, with help from students in her Women and the Law class, authored an amicus brief in the case. Read the article at

    • Professor Jason Czarnezki's Empirical Legal Studies Blog was recently named to the ABA Journal''s "Blawg 100" list, which highlighted the top legal blogs around the country. The Journal said of Czarnezki and his fellow editors, "These law professors are 'data junkies,' usually not likely to share an anecdote or a theory without a study to back it up." Read more at

    • Dean Jeff Shields was recently named as one of three new trustees at Fletcher Allen Health Care. The story appeared in the Dec. 15 edition of the Burlington Free Press, as well as in other publications around the state. Read about it at

    • The Burlington Free Press also carried a notice of VLS Trustee Perez Ehrich being named to board of directors of the Vermont Symphony Association. Read about it at

    • VLS alumnus Steve Hinchman, JD '03, an attorney with the Conservation Law Foundation, was saluted in an editorial that ran in the Dec. 8 Portland Press Herald for his efforts to protect Maine's waterways from the effects of untreated storm water. CLF filed a lawsuit that the editorial concluded would lead to more effective cleanup. Read the story at

    • VLS student Joshua Thompson, JD '10, was interviewed by WCAX Channel 3 for a Dec. 5 piece about threatened cuts to Amtrak service that could affect ridership in Vermont. Watch the piece at

    • VLS alumnus William "Trey" Martin III, JD '08, recently joined Downs Rachlin Martin's Burlington office, as reported in the Dec. 8 Burlington Free Press. Read about it at

    • VLS alumnus Clancy DeSmet was quoted in The Bridge, discussing his neighborhood in Montpelier. DeSmet, JD '06, MSEL '03, is the planning and zoning administrator for the city of Montpelier. Read the article at

    • The same publication carried an op-ed calling for the shutdown of Vermont Yankee, authored by VLS alumnus Jake Brown, MSEL '91. Read the piece at

    • VLS alumus Peter Levigne, JD '85, an environmental leader and good friend of the VLS community, recently passed away in Prescott, Arizona. The Concord Monitor carried the obituary, which can be read online at

    • Professor Michael Mello's recent death was noted in many media outlets, including:
      The Valley News also carried a front-page news story on his death, which can be read with other tributes on

    • Prof. Mello, who was frequently a source for the media on issues related to criminal procedure and the death penalty, was last quoted in the Nov. 19 online Huffington Post in the AP story, "Ethical Dilemma for Lawyers When Inmates Seek Death," which is available online at The AP story was also carried in many other publications.

    • WCAX Channel 3 sent a news crew to VLS this week to interview members of Professor Cheryl Hanna's Women and the Law class. The class authored an amicus brief that was recently filed in the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of State of Vermont v. Michael Brillon, in support of the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and other organizations. The Channel 3 segment is scheduled to air later this week. For more on the brief, visit The filing also drew notice from the Rutland Herald in a Nov. 28 story available online at

    • Prof. Hanna was interviewed for a Dec. 2 story in the Burlington Free Press that examined the relationship between holidays and a spike in crime reports. Read the article at She was also interviewed by the Burlington Free Press for a Nov. 30 story about the upcoming release of a convicted child molester, whose controversial sentencing captured national headlines several years back. Read the article at

    • The Regional Educational Technology Network (RETN) featured Prof. Hanna this week on the cable program, "The Politics of Court Appointments: Does It Matter Who Is Governor for the Vermont Supreme Court?"

    • The Vermont Business Magazine carried an announcement of a national award presented to Professor Michael Dworkin, who was honored by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners during their annual meeting. Read the announcement at

    • Professor Michael McCann was interviewed by CNN about the legal issues facing New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress. The American Morning segment aired Dec. 4 and can be viewed at (see end of clip).

    • Prof. McCann also discussed the case in two of his Sports Illustrated Sports Law columns, available online at and Answering the key questions in the Plaxico Burress case.
      He wrote a recent column on the Securities and Exchange Commission's lawsuit against Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban for insider trading that is available at
      And The New York Times recently cited his study on NBA players in trouble with the law in this piece, available at