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May 2009

May 2009

  • This week, President Obama named The Honorable Sonia Sotomayor as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Many of you may not be aware of the VLS-Sotomayor connection or that Judge Sotomayor has visited the VLS campus on a few occasions, as recently as last spring to serve as a moot court judge. Dean Jeff Shields explains VLS's links to Judge Sotomayor in the Wednesday Valley News. Not available online, but click here to view a PDF.
  • This week's Randolph Herald features news about exciting developments in our Partnership for Environmental Law in China's new program with the Chinese government. Professor Tseming Yang is quoted. Not yet available online, but click here to view a PDF.
  • Professor Cheryl Hanna commented on the Sotomayor nomination in this news story on Vermont Public Radio on May 26.
  • Hear Professor Hanna's commentary in the "Long Haul" series, based on a childhood family trip, which also aired on VPR on May 26.
  • On May 26, Professor Michael McCann appeared on Toronto's The Fan 590 Sports Radio to discuss the possible relocation of the Phoenix Coyotes to new ownership in southern Ontario. Professor McCann also talked with the Clarion Ledger (Jackson, Mississippi) about sales law issues for extended warranties.
  • In this May 25 Rutland Herald article, summer faculty member Professor Steven Wise comments on the ruling in a case where a Craftsbury couple sought damages for loss of companionship and emotional distress resulting from the deaths of their pet cats while the cats were in the care of a veterinarian.
  • Professor Cheryl Hanna offered possible explanations for the mistrial in the trial of a Colchester surgeon accused of sexual assault in this WCAX News interview on May 23.
  • On New Hampshire Public Radio on May 20, VLS summer faculty member Professor Peter Bradford appeared as a panel member in a discussion about nuclear power.
  • In his May 20 column for Sports Illustrated online (, Professor Michael McCann discusses what's next for Michael Vick. McCann's May 12 column follows Roger Clemens public denials of steroid use. On May 5, he discusses the issue of responsibility in the Dallas Cowboys practice facility collapse.
  • Vermont Health Commissioner Wendy Davis is profiled in this Seven Days article on May 20, and Professor Cheryl Hanna talks about her family's experience with Dr. Davis as a pediatrician.
  • Various newspapers covered the VLS Commencement Ceremonies on Saturday, May 16. See the Rutland Herald and Times Argus story. The Valley News featured the VLS graduation on its Sunday front page, (The full story with photos will soon be available in the flip-files in the library reading room.) The Herald of Randolph also included a photo from the ceremony in its May 21 issue (not available online, so check the library flip-files).
  • Professor Patrick Parenteau talks about the politics of protecting endangered species for a story on Living on Earth, which aired the week of May 15 nationally on public radio stations. Click here to listen online or read the transcript.
  • Vermont Law School's #1 ranking in environmental law continued to make the news: Vermont Business Magazine.
  • Madeleine M. Kunin's article in The Huffington Post on May 13 gives significant mention to VLS's Partnership for Environmental Law in China. (Also see May 28 Randolph Herald story above.)
  • The Rutland Herald reported on May 9 about the ongoing case against Omya and its management of its marble waste--or tailings--from its Florence calcium carbonate operation. The article quotes Professor David Mears about this case in which he and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic represent Residents Concerned About Omya.
  • Professor Cheryl Hanna's May 5 commentary on Vermont Public Radio focused on that guilt all parents experience and shared her "Worst Mommy Moment."
  • In this May 4 article in the Michigan Messenger, summer faculty member Peter Bradford discusses economic dangers of new nuclear development.

VLS Alumni in the News

  • A May 14 article in The Dartmouth features Upper Valley defense lawyers, including George Ostler '83. (Yes, the article mistakenly lists his VLS grad year as 1973.)

  • On May 12, cyber security company Nicor Global LLC issued a press release announcing Jack Thomas Tomarchio '80 as the company's new chief executive officer.

  • Kevin M. Bernstein '85 is profiled in the May 12 edition of his local paper, the Baldwinsville Messenger, in relation to his candidacy for the local school board.

  • Brock Rutter '08 interviewed Richard Susskind, author of The End of Lawyers? Find the interview at The Berkman Center at Harvard.

Even future VLS students are in the News:

  • As reported in the Burlington Free Press, at Green Mountain College's commencement on May 16, senior class speaker was Jenna Calvi of Weymouth, Mass., who will become a student at Vermont Law School in the fall, implored her fellow graduates to keep the ideals of environmental sustainability firmly in mind as they enter graduate school or the job market.