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June 2008

  • Professor Michael Mello spoke with the Rutland Herald for this June 30 story about a Rutland District Court judge's decision to seal the files of a New Hampshire murder suspect, and the legal issues surrounding that decision. The story is available online at And Professor Mello talked to the Rutland Herald for this June 22 story about a Vermont Supreme Court case ruling based on a defendant's right to a speedy trial, and its potential to reach the US Supreme Court on appeal. Read the article at

  • A June 15 Rutland Herald story featured this story about a state regulator who criticized his own department's actions in the Omya case. The story cites the work of the ENRLC's David Mears, who called on the state to bring enforcement action on behalf of concerned neighbors. Read the story on the web at

  • Writing about the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision extending constitutional protections to Guantanamo detainees, a June 13 story in the Rutland Herald and Times Argus cited the role of Burlington attorney Robert Rachlin, a VLS professor and trustee, in representing one Guantanamo detainee and the family of another. VLS alum David Sleigh (JD '82) also represents a Guantanamo inmate, the story noted. Read the article online.

  • Professor Jackie Gardina spoke with the Brattleboro Reformer for a June 13 story that explored ownership and legal issues surrounding the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant and responsibility for its decommissioning costs. The story is available online at

  • Professor David Mears and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic are cited in this June 12 Brattleboro Reformer story about efforts to clarify a recent Environmental Court ruling on Vermont Yankee's plans to discharge overheated water into the Connecticut River. The ENRLC represented conservation groups in the case. Read the story at

  • Professor Cheryl Hanna spoke with the Burlington Free Press for this June 7 story about the efforts of Brian Rooney's defense lawyer, David Sleigh (JD '82), to question a juror about the panel's deliberations. Rooney was recently convicted in the 2006 rape and murder of University of Vermont student Michelle Gardner-Quinn. The article is available online at

  • Professor Peter Teachout is quoted in this recent Keene Sentinel story about the deployment of National Guard troops in Iraq, and the question of whether the authorization for deployment has expired.

  • VLS alum John Simpson (JD '96) announced plans to run for a seat on the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners in Maine, one of four Democrats who will be vying for the post. The story is carried in the Portland Press-Herald.

  • Professor Patrick Parenteau was quoted in Newsweek's June 9 cover story, "The Race for Survival," about the Endangered Species Act and the recent decision to list the polar bar as a threatened species. Read the article at

  • Professor Cheryl Hanna wrote an op-ed that was carried in the June 1 edition of the Burlington Free Press urging legal reforms in the wake of the Brian Rooney murder trial. Read the editorial at She was also quoted in another Free Press story about Rooney's lawyer's plan for an appeal, which can be read online at And Vermont Public Radio carried a June 3 commentary by Professor Hanna that can be heard at

  • Professor Brian Porto offered this commentary on VPR, "Celebrating Willie O'Ree," remembering a professional hockey player who broke that sport's color barrier 50 years ago. Listen to the story at Professor Porto also authored an op-ed that appeared in the May 31 edition of the Valley News, scrutinizing Gov. Douglas' veto of a campaign finance reform bill. Read the piece at

  • Professor Peter Teachout was interviewed by the Times Argus for this June 4 piece about the constitutional issues involved in Gov. Douglas' decision to allow the recently passed hemp bill to become law without his signature. Read the article at Professor Teachout was also interviewed for an Associated Press story on the parallels between the ongoing Texas polygamy case, in which more than 400 children were taken from their homes, and the 1984 raid in Island Pond, Vt. The story ran in newspapers throughout the state, including the Bennington Banner.

  • VLS student Jared Carter (JD '09) continues to receive attention for the federal suit he and his Cuban-born wife have brought, challenging the Bush Administration's travel restrictions on family visits to Cuba. This piece appeared in the June 4 edition of the ABA Journal online newsletter:

  • VLS alum Jeff Johnson (JD '82) was profiled in the June edition of Business People Vermont in a cover story that offered a closer look at the firm of Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer. Read the story online at

  • Spirit, a magazine familiar to anyone traveling on Southwest Airlines, recently carried this feature on Peggy Grote—who many in the VLS community may know for her exceptional culinary skills. Entitled "The Kitchen MacGyver," the article was written by Jay Heinrichs and can be read at