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March 2009

  • Professor Oliver Goodenough and the class he teaches at Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering--Technology, Law, and Entrepreneurship--is featured in Thayer's Dartmouth Engineer online magazine winter 2009 issue.
  • The debate in the Vermont Statehouse over the same-sex marriage bill generated much press, including a quote from the testimony of Professor Greg Johnson before the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 16. Press coverage includes Fox 44 News, Vermont Public Radio, and an Associated Press article published worldwide from New York Newsday to The Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, MA) to Southern Voice (Atlanta, GA) to WBBM CBS News Radio in Chicago to the Taipei Times.
  • Are Major League Baseball teams in collusion to keep Barry Bonds off the field this summer? The question is explored by Professor Michael McCann in his March 16 article, "Unsigned and unwanted: Is Barry Bonds building a case for collusion?"
  • In a March 14 Bennington Banner article, Professor Peter Teachout explains the possible affects of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on how the state court handles the Brillon case. "When the Supreme Court remands a case, it basically sends a case back to the state court and tells them to proceed in a way that's not inconsistent with their ruling," he said.
  • Jon Wellinghoff, who was named Acting Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in January, has lectured at VLS (at the 2007 IEE summer energy conference), a fact noted in this article in American Chronicle.
  • Brian Jones '10, as part of his project for the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, has been informing Upper Valley senior citizens how to protect themselves against swindles and scams. See the story in the Connecticut Valley Spectator from last week.
  • A March 17 article in The Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus provides an update on the case in which Jared Carter '09 and his wife, Yurisleidis Leyva Mora, and two other plaintiffs sued the government claiming that President Bush's 2004 executive order restricting visits by Cuban-Americans to family members violated their rights under the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment and a violation of the right to equal protection under the law.
  • News about Gus Speth joining the faculty of VLS in 2010 appeared in media from the February 26 Burlington Free Press, to the February 27 Yale Daily News, to this week’s Randolph Herald(available online after March 19).
  • The spring 2009 Vermont Life article, “Transformation 101: How higher education revived Royalton” explores VermontLaw School’s influence on the town.
  • When the U.S. Supreme Court this week overturned the Vermont Supreme Court ruling in Vermont v. Brillon, Professor Cheryl Hanna offered commentary on the case for WCAX TV News and the Burlington Free Press, and Professor Peter Teachout spoke with Vermont Public Radio about how the ruling affects the state’s ruling. Listen to the clip at
  • Professor Cheryl Hanna’s featured commentary on Vermont Public Radio this week focused on the apparent moderate nature of two recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings in cases involving the State of Vermont. Listen to the commentary at
  • Canada’s CBC News spoke with Professor Betsy Baker on March 10 about the likelihood under the new administration of the U.S. ratifying the treaty for the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Watch the clip at
  • Professor Don Kreis, Associate Director for the Institute for Energy and the Environment, was a featured guest on Vermont Public Radio when their noontime news program, Vermont Edition, focused on renewable energy on March 5. Listen to the piece at His op-ed piece, “The cost of coal-fired generation,” appeared in the March 4 Connecticut Valley Spectator.
  • Speaking for the second time to national news media about two Superfund cases heard before the U.S. Supreme Court in February, Professor Martha Judy was interviewed for a February 23 Bloomberg News article. Easing the threat of joint-and-several liability would reduce a powerful incentive for private cleanups, Judy says in the article.
  • Professor Michael McCann’s most recent Sports Illustrated articles include an explanation of the issues in racing star Helio Castroneves’ tax evasion case and updates on the Barry Bonds perjury trial. Read the second Bond's article. His February 18 article was also quoted in an Associated Press article on February 21 (no link available).
  • Associate Director of the Land Use Institute Peg Elmer’s op-ed, “Put brakes on Act 250 exemption” appeared in the February 15 Sunday Times-Argus. (The link has expired, but a copy will be available in the clippings in the library reading room, or you can email Jennie Clarke at for a PDF.)
  • The Carnegie Council’s online magazine, Policy Innovations, in a story on peer-to-peer finance referred to Professor Oliver Goodenough as a “visionary” for his creation of Vermont Virtual LLC. Read about it at

And our VLS Alumni in the News:

  • The March 11 Burlington Free Press reported that Charles Merriman ’95 will be a candidate for Vermont Secretary of State in 2010. Read about it at

  • The Boston Globe on March 1 reported that Charles Murphy ’90 will chair the Massachusetts State House Ways and Means Committee.

  • Andy Montroll ’89 appeared in several Burlington Free Press stories about his recent bid for mayor of Burlington.