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February 2008

  • Professors Peter Teachout and Michael Mello drew media coverage for their State House testimony on a bill regarding the withdrawal of the Vermont National Guard from Iraq, offering differing views on the constitutionality of the proposed legislation. WCAX, Channel 3, carried the story, which can be read on the WCAX Website.

  • Professor Teachout was also interviewed by VPR during the Feb. 29th segment of Morning Edition. Listen to the story at VPR.

  • Vermont newspapers, as well as the Boston Globe Website, carried the AP's coverage of the hearing. Read the story that ran in the Times Argus.

  • Professor Oliver Goodenough's op-ed, "Making Points or Making Progress?" ran in the Feb. 28 Rutland Herald. The piece explored how presidential candidates are addressing the question of whether the U.S. should "talk" with adversaries. Read the editorial on the Herald's Website.

  • Professor Patrick Parenteau was interviewed for a Times Argus story about groundwater issues and legislation that would protect groundwater as a public trust resource. The legislation is in response to a proposal by the Montpelier Spring Water Co. to begin drawing groundwater for commercial bottling. The story can be read on the Times Argus website.

  • Professor Parenteau was also quoted in a story that appeared in Executive Decision about the $5 billion award that resulted from the Exxon Valdez spill, and the ensuing appeal. The story can be read on the Executive Decision Website.

  • Professor Michael Dworkin was a featured speaker on a Feb. 26 panel assembled by the New York Society of Security Analysts entitled, "The Future of Coal-Fired Power Generation: What Does the Market Think?" The panel discussion was covered by Bloomberg News and other media outlets.

  • Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt's Feb. 22 keynote address at the two-day VJEL symposium drew coverage from the Rutland Herald that can be read at Babbitt was also interviewed by Vermont Public Radio's Neal Charnoff. That interview can be heard at (Click "Listen" under options at right to hear audio stream). A second piece ran the following day on VPR's midday report. Listen to the report at The Valley News highlighted the VJEL symposium with a Feb. 24 story, "What Rights Do Future Generations Have?" The story is not available online, but copies can be obtained by calling x1106.

  • Professor Patrick Parenteau was quoted in a front-page story in the Feb. 24 Times Argus that explored Vermont laws (or lack thereof) as they relate to groundwater protection. The story can be read at

  • Professor Susan Apel offered readers a personal account of her experience with cancer in an article entitled "Not a Gift," published in Dartmouth Medicine magazine. An online version can be found at

  • Professor Bruce Duthu wrote an op-ed that appeared in the Feb. 17 New York Post, in response to the decision by the Australian government to issue an apology to its indigenous population. It can be read at His new book, American Indians and the Law, was published earlier this month by Viking.

  • Professor Cheryl Hanna was interviewed by WCAX, Channel 3, for a Feb. 22 segment about a young woman who is showing a miraculous recovery after being shot in the head, and her plans to testify against a former boyfriend who stands accused of shooting her. Read more at

  • Professor Michael Mello spoke to the Rutland Herald and Times Argus about the potential for racial profiling as police tackle the sale of illegal drugs. Read the story at

  • Professor Mello also spoke with the Associated Press about a murder case stemming from a South Burlington drug robbery in which federal prosecutors are considering the death penalty. Read about it on

  • The Institute for Energy and the Environment has released a new website and handbook about energy self-reliance for farmers. The publications were released at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's Agriculture forum in Des Moines, Iowa, and are posted at at The Burlington Free Press wrote about it; read the story at

  • Christina Switzer and John Sautter, JD '08 and IEE research associates, had a piece on climate change published in Miller-McCune, an online site. It can be read at

  • The VLS partnership with Thunderbird School of Global Management caught the attention of Phoenix Business Journal, which wrote a piece that can be read online at

  • The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities has elected VLS Alum Kathryn C. Kilguss, LL.M. '05, to its board of directors. Kilguss practices in Rehoboth, MA., with a focus on mediation work.

  • VLS alum and current borough manager for Dormont, Penn., Dan Mator MSEL '03, is trying to bring winter fun to his community. Mator, who played hockey while at VLS, is working with other community leaders on a plan to bring an ice skating rink to Dormont. Read about it online at

  • VLS alum Anthony Iarrapino, JD '03, an attorney and lobbyist for the Conservation Law Foundation, was interviewed by Peter Freyne in a Seven Days column about his experience being arrested while in college for a small amount of marijuana. He recently testified before the Vermont Legislature on decriminalizing marijuana possession. His comments can be found at 7dvt.com2008.