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September 2008

September 2008

  • Professor Betsy Baker was featured on VPR's Morning Edition segment on Sept. 22, discussing her recent three-week Arctic journey aboard the USCG Cutter Healy and her mission mapping the U.S. Extended Continental Shelf. Listen to the clip at For more on her research trip, visit the VLS News pages.

  • Professor Robert Sand, state's attorney in Windsor County and VLS alumnus, wrote this op-ed that appeared in the Sept. 21 Rutland Herald and Times Argus arguing the need for more trained investigators to work on sexual assault cases. Sand, JD'87, says that in the wake of calls for stricter penalties, prosecutors need to have a solid foundation on which to build each case. Read the piece at

  • Professor Michael Mello was interviewed for a Sept. 21 front-page article in the Burlington Free Press about a trend in Vermont towards hiring more private-practice attorneys to act as public defenders, and the funds used to support their role in the courts. Read the article at (The article also quotes VLS alumnus David Sleigh, JD'82.)

  • Professor Cheryl Hanna spoke with the Rutland Herald for a Sept. 21 story about a 14-year-old boy alleged to have beaten his mother to death. The boy is thought to be the youngest Vermonter ever charged with murder. Read the article at (The story also quotes Windsor County State's Attorney Robert Sand, JD '87.)

  • Professor Oliver Goodenough was interviewed by NHPR for a Sept. 17 story about a new Vermont law that Goodenough helped draft. The law will allow virtual companies to incorporate in Vermont without having a physical presence in the state, and it is changing the way Vermont is viewed by the business community. Listen to the interview at The legislation also prompted an editorial in The Vermont Standard of Woodstock, that can be found at

  • Professor Joan Vogel was quoted in a Sept. 14 story, which appeared in the Valley News and Concord Monitor, discussing the latest developments in unionizing efforts at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Read the story at

  • Professors Mello and Hanna were quoted in a Sept. 13 Rutland Herald story discussing the Vermont Attorney General's authority to act in response to a controversial plea deal struck in a hit-and-run homicide case. Read the article at Professor Hanna was also quoted in this related story

  • Professor Patrick Parenteau was interviewed by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette for a Sept. 12 story on a federal lawsuit that claims Tyson Foods and other poultry companies polluted the Illinois River watershed with poultry litter and other byproducts. The story notes that Parenteau "uses the complex issues of the Illinois River to teach students about interstate water-quality disputes." Read the article at

  • Professor David Mears was quoted in a Sept. 10 story in Seven Days about the EPA's decision to look into the workings of a Milton junkyard, amidst neighbors' concerns following the discovery of PCBs and other toxins in a pond adjacent to the site. Read the story at

  • VLS alumna Debbie Mans, JD'97, was profiled in this recent edition of the New Jersey-based Independent after being appointed New York/New Jersey Baykeeper. In her new role, she will act as "the voice" of waterways in the region, patrolling rivers and bays for polluters while advocating for sound water protection policies. She previously worked in the administration of Gov. Jon Corzine. Read the story at

  • VLS alumus Gregory Cunningham, MSEL'96, was featured in an article in the Maine Lawyers Review after being named senior staff attorney for the Conservation Law Foundation in that state. Read the article at

  • VLS alumnus Alexander Lee, JD/MSEL'01, is quoted in a Rutland Herald story about the growing interest in ditching clothes dryers in favor of clotheslines. Lee's "Project Laundry List," which promotes the idea, has garnered wide media attention and now has the ear of one state senator in Vermont who plans to introduce legislation. Read the article at

  • Professor Patrick Parenteau was quoted in the September edition of E - The Environmental Magazine, which featured the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic in its story, "Growing Green Lawyers." The story analyzed the role of environmental law clinics at law schools around the country. The story is available electronically by subscription only at, but the magazine can be found at the Cornell Library. Copies may also be obtained by calling x1106.

  • Professor Don Kreis, associate director of the Institute for Energy and the Environment, provided commentary on architecture for this Sept. 10 segment that aired on New Hampshire Public Radio. "Appreciating New England Architecture" also included a listing of his top architectural picks. Listen to the story at He was also quoted in an Aug. 31 Nashua Telegraph story about that city's attempted takeover of the utility that provides the city's water. Prof. Kreis served as general counsel for the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission before joining the VLS faculty this summer. Read the article at

  • Professor Cheryl Hanna's address to participants in a recent walk held in memory of murder victim Laura Winterbottom was carried in the Sept. 10 edition of Seven Days. In her remarks, she spoke of the global significance of the local march against sexual violence. Read Hanna's address at

  • Michele Kupersmith, VLS's new assistant director of career services, spoke with The Burlington Free Press for a Sept. 9 article about her decision to not seek re-election to the Vermont House of Representatives after serving two terms. Read the article at

  • Professors Tracy Bach and Mark Latham were recently named to the 2009 class of the Snelling Center for Government's Vermont Leadership Institute, which recognizes "the best and the brightest" leaders of Vermont. The Burlington Free Press carried a Sept. 8 story that can be found at

  • Jack Sautter, LLM '09, Global Energy Fellow in the IEE, wrote the op-ed "Keep Energy Local and Renewable," which appeared in the Sept. 7 edition of The Burlington Free Press. Read the piece at

  • VLS Dean and President Jeff Shields was featured in a Sept. 3 Wall Street Journal Marketwatch column after being named chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chicago-based Ziegler Companies. Read the article at

  • Professor Michael Mello spoke with the Rutland Herald for a Sept. 1 story on the Vermont Supreme Court's decision affirming a lower court's ruling in a lawsuit brought by convicted murderer Edwin Towne. Towne challenged the state of Vermont over his lack of access to a law library while incarcerated in a California prison. Read the article at