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January 2008

  • Renee Bouplon, MSEL ’97, was named senior program manager for the Agricultural Stewardship Association, a land trust in upstate New York. The announcement can be found at

  • An article in the Jan. 24 Randolph Herald featured an upcoming charity auction cosponsored by the VLS Women's Law Group and the Latin American Law Students Association. Proceeds will support of Lakana's Dream, a Bethel store, in its efforts to help build a school in Peru. The auction will take place in the Chase Center on Thursday, Jan. 31, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The article is not yet available online.

  • The Jan. 23 VLS celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday featured Julius L. Chambers, a noted civil rights and NAACP lawyer who argued landmark cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He detailed his own experiences defending those arrested in marches, and appealed to young lawyers to consider pro bono work. You can read about the event in the Rutland Herald.

  • A reporter at the Randolph Herald recently spoke with several VLS students about the presidential candidates and interest in the campaigns. Josh Haskins, Jared Carter, and Peter Abbarno discussed their preferences. The story, which ran in the Jan. 17 edition, can be read online The Herald later issued a correction to this story, noting that Haskins is supporting Barack Obama.)

  • This month's edition of The National Jurist magazine featured an article entitled, “Most Political Law Schools,” and noted that the Princeton Review recently ranked VLS the #6 most left-leaning law school in the nation. Topping that list of left-leaners was University of the District of Columbia, while the law school at the top of the “right-leaning” category was Regent University. The article, which is not available online, noted that the rankings are “based on student assessment of the political bent of the student body at large.”

  • VLS alum Christopher Hamb ’95 has accepted a job with the law firm of Robinson & McElwee, as noted in the Charleston (S.C.) Daily Mail. Read about it at

  • The Jan. 20 edition of the The New York Times featured a story from Royalton that focused on the growing activity of timber thieves. One local farmer lost 30 trees but won the lawsuit he brought against his neighbor. Read more about it at

  • The town of South Royalton is now in the middle of a legal battle over last year's high school renovation and expansion bond vote. The bond was approved, but now opponents of the plan say the vote doesn't really reflect the will of South Royalton voters. Read more about it at

  • Professor Cheryl Hanna offered VPR listeners a personal account of how she reacted to a stranger's knock at the front door, in light of recent high-profile murder cases. You can listen to her commentary at

  • Professor Hanna also spoke with the Associated Press about the use of the insanity plea in the upcoming murder trial of a Canadian woman charged in the drowning death of her son. The story can be found at Her comments appeared in the Canadian press as well. She was also the featured guest on the Jan. 19 edition of the Mark Johnson Show on WDEV radio, discussing Vermont murder cases.
  • Professor Michael Mello was interviewed by the Burlington Free Press for a Jan. 29 article about a recent settlement in which the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans will pay $4 million to a former surgeon. Read it at

  • VLS alum Heidi Siegelbaum, ’86 JD, was featured in a Jan. 10 Marketplace segment carried on National Public Radio discussing the meaning of the term “sustainability.” Heidi is a member of Marketplace's Greenwash Brigade, a group of environmental professionals who “examine eco-friendly claims by companies, governments and other groups,& according to the website, which can be found at The interview is available at

  • The Rutland Herald reported on the latest developments in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic's suit on behalf of Residents Concerned About Omya. Read the article at

  • Professor Pat Parenteau offered his thoughts on a $20 million settlement reached between EPA/DOJ and Massey Energy in West Virginia, where the company stood accused of thousands of water pollution violations. The story, which appeared in the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette, can be found at:

  • The Burlington Free Press spoke with Professor Cheryl Hanna this week about the murder trial of Brian Rooney. Professor Hanna is quoted in two articles on the case, available at and

  • Both Professor Cheryl Hanna and Professor Michael Mello weighed in on the decision by police in South Burlington to charge student athletes who were shown drinking alcohol in photos that appeared in Facebook. Professor Hanna's interview with WPTZ is available at Professor Mello's comments in the Burlington Free Press can be read online at

  • Professor Michael Mello was interviewed last year for the National Geographic Channel's "Unabomber: The Secret History," airing Sunday, Jan. 20 and Monday, Jan. 28. Professor Mello assisted Theodore Kaczynski with his appeals and has written extensively about the case. To see more on the program, visit

  • An article in the Jan. 17 Randolph Herald, "Chelsea Station Brings Back the 'Good Old Days,'" quoted former VLS student Patricia Ochman. Read the story at

  • Ann Flynn, JD '82, has taken a job with Fitch Ratings, a credit rating company. Ms. Flynn will join the tax-supported team as a senior director. The announcement can be read online at

  • A story in the January 8 Times Argus about the formation of a citizens' group opposing gay marriage in Vermont noted the testimony of legal experts when a legislative panel recently convened at VLS. The story can be read online

  • The Jan. 3 edition of the Valley News carried a front-page color photo of an unidentified audience member at a Barak Obama campaign stop in Coralville, Iowa. The photo, which ran on the Associated Press national wire, in fact, featured Professor Burns Weston, who recently returned to Iowa after teaching at VLS last fall. A Dec. 29 story in the same publication, entitled "Iowa: Home of the Friendly Flatlanders," quoted Professor Jackie Gardina. It can be read online at