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October 2008

October 2008

  • VLS student Andrew Delaney, JD '10, was featured in this article, "How to Get Noticed by Potential Employers," which was published in The American Lawyer and picked up on the sitek.

  • Professors Greg Johnson and Peter Teachout spoke with the Rutland Herald for this Oct. 29 story about the legal issues involved as ski areas around the country try to ban a new series of Burton snowboards that depict controversial images. Read the article at

  • Professor Michael Mello was interviewed by the Burlington Free Press for this Oct. 29 story on the sentencing of convicted murderer Christopher Williams, who went on a shooting rampage at an Essex school two years ago. Read the story at

  • Professor Cheryl Hanna was a guest on the Oct. 29 Mark Johnson Show discussing the latest developments in several Vermont court cases, including Wyeth v. Levine, which is scheduled to be argued in the U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 3. Wyeth is challenging a Vermont jury's $6 million award to Diana Levine, a Plainfield musician who lost a portion of her arm after being administered a drug for migraines. Wyeth is claiming that since the product met federal safety standards, the case shouldn't have landed in state court based on the legal doctrine of "pre-emption." Prof. Hanna also spoke about the case in a recent interview with Channel 3 News that can be seen at The Wall Street Journal ran an Oct. 27 story on the Levin case that can be read at

  • Professor David Mears of the ENRLC was quoted in an Oct. 22 story in the Rutland Herald and Times Argus about the state's decision to grant Omya an interim waste disposal permit. The ENRLC represents neighbors of the Pittsford marble plant who have opposed the permit based on concerns about disposal of the chemically treated waste and its potential effect on the groundwater supply. Read the article at The story prompted a second news story about a whistleblower in the Omya case that can be read at

  • The ENRLC, representing two major environmental groups, recently put the EPA on 60-day notice that it planned to sue the agency for its failure to review nitrogen oxide emissions standards for nitric acid plants, as required under the Clean Air Act. The story, which quotes Professor Teresa Clemmer of the ENRLC, received notice on this website. Stories also appeared in Inside EPA, E&E News and other publications (available by subscription only).

  • The Mississippi Business Journal recently carried this profile of Sports Illustrated blogger and VLS Professor Michael McCann, discussing the "burgeoning industry" of Sports Law. Read the article at

  • Professor Michael Mello was quoted in an Oct. 7 Rutland Herald story about a court appearance by Michael Jacques, who is charged in federal court with murdering his niece, Brooke Bennett. Read the article at

  • The ABA's climate change newsletter recently carried a story about the National Association of Environmental Law Societies (NAELS) conference that VLS hosted in March 2008. The ABA piece, entitled, "A Growing Movement in the Green Mountain State," speaks of "a group of exceptional students and visionary professors" at VLS. The article begins on Page 21 of this NAELS PDF.

  • A piece from the NRDC's Switchboard noted a past VLS lecture by best-selling environmental author Van Jones. Listen to the piece at

  • In election news, at least two VLS alumni are candidates in State House races this campaign season. Tim Winslow, JD '06, is running for a House seat in Michigan's 89th District. The Grand Haven Tribune carried an Oct. 23 story on that race that can be found at In Missouri, Kurt Schaefer, '95 JD/MSEL, is looking to unseat the incumbent in that state's 19th District. The Oct. 20 edition of The Missourian carried a profile of the candidate that is available online at

  • The Ukiah (CA) Daily Journal carried an Oct. 21 article about VLS alumnus Clifford Paulin, JD/MSEL '04, and his familiarity with water issues that relate to his work in Mendocino County. Read the article at

  • In "Lawyer Redefined," VLS alumna Kristin McPolin, JD/MSEL '99, offered her views of balancing the demands of lawyering and motherhood in a Q and A available on the Web at

  • Professor Betsy Baker was featured in an Oct. 6 Valley News article, "Lessons Aboard an Icebreaker," which chronicled her recent three-week research trip aboard the USCG Cutter Healy to help map the U.S. Extended Continental Shelf. Read the article at

  • Professor Oliver Goodenough wrote an op-ed, published in the Oct. 5 Rutland Herald, providing a closer look at the numbers being tossed about in wake of the recent AIG "bailout." Read the op-ed at He was also quoted in an Oct. 2 Rutland Herald story, weighing in on legislation that passed the U.S. Senate that addresses "orphaned" copyright law. The article is available at

  • Professor Michael McCann authored a Oct. 4 Sports Illustrated column, answering "five key questions" related to the O.J. Simpson guilty verdict. Read the column at McCann's column received notice from the Newhouse legal blog, which can be seen at and other sites.

  • The Wall Street Journal Law Blog carried this Oct. 3 item about Yale Law School students and its dean protesting the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. The blog noted the VLS policy on the issue. Read the blog at

  • VLS student Sara Kelly, JD '09, was interviewed by VPR's Vermont Edition for an Oct. 2 segment that delved into the issue of wage disparity between men and women. Listen to the interview at

  • Professor Cheryl Hanna spoke with Channel 3 about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to take up a controversial Vermont case that is based on a defendant's right to a speedy trial. Watch the footage at Professor Michael Mello spoke with the Rutland Herald for an Oct. 2 story on the same case. Read it at He was also interviewed by the Burlington Free Press for an article available at Prof. Mello also spoke with the Times Argus for a story on recent developments in the case against Michael Jacques, who is charged in the death of Brooke Bennett. Read the article at

  • Professor Tseming Yang was interviewed for this story, which ran in the Times Argus and Rutland Herald, about a $300,000 USAID grant awarded to VLS to expand its Partnership for Environmental Law in China. Read the article at He was also interviewed by Channel 3, and the Valley News also ran an article on the grant.

  • Professor Don Kreis, associate director of the Institute for Energy and the Environment, wrote an op-ed, "Time for Regulators to Regulate on Climate Change," which appeared in the Sept. 28 edition of the Concord Monitor. Read the op-ed at