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October 16, 2012

Michelle Sinnott '13 Promotes Dissection Alternatives to Local School Board – Michelle Sinnott '13 recently addressed the Williston (Vermont) School Board on behalf of Green Mountain Animal Defenders in an effort to convince board members to switch to dissection alternatives instead of dissecting cats, frogs and earthworms in their science classes.

October 1, 2012

Abigail Barnes '14 co-authors Atlantic article -- Tainted: Why Gay Men Still Can't Donate Blood – Abigail Barnes '14 recently co-authored a commentary in the Atlantic headlined "Tainted: Why Gay Men Still Can't Donate Blood."

August 10, 2012

VLS Student Accepts Sierra Club Award – Vermont Law School student Ben Mack JD '14 MELP '11 recently accepted the Sierra Club's Environmental Alliance Award on behalf of the club's Vermont Chapter for the partnerships it has formed with Vermont's labor unions, Abenaki Tribe and other environmental groups.

May 16, 2012

Six VLS Students Named Schweitzer Fellows – The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship recently named six Vermont Law School students as part its 2012-13 class of New Hampshire-Vermont Schweitzer Fellows.

May 8, 2012

Kaifala '13 Says Libya Should Bring Former Leaders to Justice – Vermont Law School student Joseph Kaifala '13 recently wrote a commentary titled "Libya - Not the International Court - Should Bring Former Leaders to Justice" in PolicyMic.

April 26, 2012

Dapolito '12 Examines International Law Issues – Vermont Law School student Mollie Dapolito '12 recently published two articles in ILSA Quarterly about legal cases overseas.

April 24, 2012

Jones '12, VLS to Receive Top Awards from Vermont Association for Justice – Vermont Law School student Dee Jones '12 will receive the Martha Woodman Consumer Advocacy Award from the Vermont Association for Justice for her inspirational character and courageous challenge to the discriminatory practices of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, the VTAJ announced.

April 23, 2012

Kaifala '13 Says Military Coups Still Haunt African Democracy – Vermont Law School student Joseph Kaifala '13 recently wrote a commentary titled "Military Coups Still Haunt African Democracy" in PolicyMic.

March 12, 2012

Brown '12 Elected Head of National Black Law Students Association – Vermont Law School student Kendra Brown '12 was recently elected national chair of the National Black Law Students Association.

March 2, 2012

Dapolito '12 Explores Yemen's Unrest – Vermont Law School student Mollie Dapolito '12 recently published an article in the ILSA Quarterly that explored antigovernment protests and other issues facing Yemen.

February 27, 2012

VLS Students Advance in National Animal Law Moot Court Competition – Four Vermont Law School students turned in stellar performances at the 9th annual National Animal Law Competitions (NALC), which were held Feb. 24-26 at the UCLA School of Law.

February 27, 2012

Marks Wins Award in National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition – Vermont Law School students Matt Marks '12, Alex Sherertz '12 and Colin Hagan '12 performed well at the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition on Feb. 23-25 at Pace Law School.

February 19, 2012

Garestier '12 Examines New Technologies of Security, Public Liberties – Vermont Law School's Jessica Garestier '12 recently published a book titled "New Technologies of Security and Public Liberties: An Export Control?"

February 19, 2012

Hosseini '12 Receives Iran's Book Season Award – Vermont Law School's Mohammad Hosseini '12 was cited as a joint winner in Iran's 17th Book of the Season Awards for the best translated books in law.

February 19, 2012

Van der Lande '12, Foy '12 Win First Place in Lawyering Meet – Vermont Law School's Ashley Van der Lande '12 and Phil Foy '12 won first place Feb. 17 in the third annual New England Regional Transactional Lawering Meet.

February 15, 2012

Changala '13 Co-Authors Study on Oil, Gas, Wind Decommissiong Regulations – Vermont Law School's Danielle Changala '13 recently co-authored a paper titled "Comparative Analysis of Conventional Oil and Gas and Wind Project Decommissioning Regulations on Federal, State, and County Lands" in The Electricity Journal.

February 15, 2012

Remmel '14 Explores Algae Harmful to Fish – Vermont Law School's Emily Remmel '14 recently co-authored an article in Ecology Letters about golden algae fish kills.

February 14, 2012

VLS's ACS Named Student Chapter of the Week – The Vermont Law School chapter of the American Constitution Society was recently named student chapter of the week by the ACS.

February 13, 2012

Chrostek '12 Nominated for Burton Award – Vermont Law School student Garrett Chrostek's article, "A Critique of Vermont's Right-To-Farm Law and Proposals for Better Protecting the State's Agricultural Future," has been selected as VLS's official entry in the 2012 Burton Distinguished Legal Writing Award competition.

February 9, 2012

Brown '12 Profiled in CLEO Newsletter – Vermont Law School student Kendra Brown '12 recently was profiled in the CLEO (Council on Legal Education Opportunity) Newsletter.

February 1, 2012

Christensen '12 Examines Detroit Urban Agriculture – In a recent article in the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, Vermont Law School student Dana Christensen '12 explores urban agriculture, focusing on Detroit as an example of a grassroots movement that shifts how the community thinks about food.

October 25, 2011

Kaifala '13 Urges Africans to Invest in Education – A recent article in PolicyMic by Vermont Law School student Joseph Kaifala '13 called for African leaders to greatly increase investment in their nations' education systems.

September 8, 2011

Media Report on VT Law School's Irene Relief Efforts – The Associated Press, National Law Journal, Vermont Public Radio, Valley News, WCAX, FOX 44, and other media reported on Vermont Law School's relief efforts for homeowners, farmers, schools and others hit by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Irene.

August 3, 2011

Federal Judges Rules in Favor of Blind VT Law School Student – A federal judge ruled Aug. 2 in favor of Dee Jones '12, a blind Vermont Law School student, in her lawsuit against the National Conference of Bar Examiners and a national legal testing firm.

August 2, 2011

Samantha Fow '12 Analyzes "Vermont Yankee Experiment" – Using the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant as an example, Vermont Law School student Samantha Fow '12 recently looked at the potential benefits of increased state-level nuclear regulation as well as the potential drawbacks of such a policy without federal cooperation.

July 27, 2011

Tyler Ward '13 Hosts Chinese Energy Visitors – Tyler Ward '13 recently hosted a trip for three U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law visitors to his home state of Kentucky.

July 14, 2011

In National Defense Magazine, VLS Global Energy Fellow Zhen Zhang Calls for Cohesive Cybersecurity Policy For Electric Grid – Zhen Zhang, a global energy fellow at Vermont Law School's Institute for Energy and the Environment, called for a cohesive cybersecurity policy for the electric grid in the August issue of National Defense Magazine.

July 8, 2011

National Media Report on Blind VLS Student's Lawsuit Against Bar Examiners – The Washington Post and other media outlets nationwide reported on Vermont Law School student Dee Jones' '12 lawsuit against the National Conference of Bar Examiners and the Act Inc. testing company.

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June 13, 2011

Roman Sidortsov '08 Discusses Climate Change in Huffington Post Op-Ed – Roman Sidortsov '08 and two co-authors wrote an op-ed in The Huffington Post on June 13 in which they discussed climate change and the positions of the pope and the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

May 3, 2011

Driscoll '11 Wins Ethics Award – Amy Driscoll '11 recently received a Law Students Ethics Award from the Northeast chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel America.

April 21, 2011

Silverman '12 Featured in Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Blog – Allie Silverman '12, a Schweitzer Fellow, is featured in the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship's blog for her work to promote energy efficiency.

March 7, 2011

Kaifala Among Finalists for In Service Award – Joseph Kaifala '13, who founded the Jeneba Project, is among 15 finalists for the Students In Service Awards for his educational and medical aid work in post-civil war Sierra Leone.

February 14, 2011

Lyness, Lewis Selected for JAG Internships – You might think the U.S. Department of Defense primarily knows Vermont Law School as one of only two law schools in the nation that bar military recruiters from campus because of the "don't ask, don't tell" law. But Pentagon officials also know VLS as the source of highly qualified students for summer internships and graduates for post-law school jobs in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, the judicial branch of the U.S. armed forces.

October 29, 2010

VLS Students Support Equal Rights for Gays – In a front-page article Oct. 10, the Valley News talked to Blake Johnson '12 and other members of the VLS Alliance about their efforts to promote equal rights for gays and lesbians.

October 1, 2010

Dana Christensen Moderates Planning Law Panel – Dana Christensen 2L recently moderated a Planning Law panel at a federal legislative briefing in Washington, D.C., that was sponsored by the American Planning Association. Christensen oriented the panel to urban agricultural practices.

September 20, 2010

Miller, Tillman Present Constitution Day Workshop – Monica Miller 2L and Dalayna Tillman 2L presented a workshop on Constitution Day for middle school students at the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation in Plymouth Notch.

September 15, 2010

Buckey Pens Article for NH Bar Association News – Jay Buckey '11 co-wrote an article titled "New Lawyers Column: Time Is Always Money?" for the New Hampshire Bar Association News section.

September 1, 2010

Blake Johnson '12 Wins National LGBT Bar Association Seat – Blake Johnson '12 was elected as national student co-chair at the National LGBT Bar Association Conference, also known as "Lavender Law", on Aug. 28-29 in Miami.

June 24, 2010

Sara Phillips to Start LLM Program at McGill – Sara Phillips '10, who spent the spring 2009 semester at McGill University and then a semester in practice in Cordoba, Argentina, working with Canadian MP John McKay, will start the LLM program at McGill in fall 2010.

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June 14, 2010

Codi Raymond Motivated by Community Service – In a June article in the Denver Bar Association's monthly publication, The Docket, Codi Raymond '10 wrote that her years working for the DBA's Metro Volunteer Lawyers inspired her to attend VLS and join the Mascoma Legal Resource Center.

May 25, 2010

Merrill Bent a Finalist in Ms. JD Fellowship Program – Merrill Bent '11 was a finalist for the first Ms.JD Fellowship program.

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May 18, 2010

ENRLC Files Brief in Wetlands Case – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a ruling May 12 in Columbia Venture v. Dewberry & Davis affirming the decision of the district court and agreeing with the arguments made by the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic in an amicus brief submitted on behalf of the Association of State Wetland Managers.

May 4, 2010

Association of Corporate Counsel Honors Diana Vogel – Diana Vogel '10 was honored in April by the Northeast Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel for her "outstanding commitment to ethics through conduct."

March 23, 2010

International Law Students Help Feed Hungry Families – Vermont Law School's International Law Society raised nearly $1,000 on March 15 at its second annual Empty Bowl Benefit in the Chase Community Center.

February 10, 2010

KnittingNite Raises Funds for Kids Place – The Vermont Law School KnittingNite club recently raised $1,243 for Kids Place, a nonprofit group in Randolph.

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November 30, 2009

Students, Faculty Head to Copenhagen for COP15 – Six Vermont Law School students and three faculty members will travel to Copenhagen next week to witness the historic United Nations Climate Change Conference.

November 12, 2009

Cookson Takes Second Place in 2009 Law Student Writing Competition – Cara Cookson's essay earner her a second place finish in the ABA's 2009 Law Student Writing Competition.

October 15, 2009

Justin Brown Wins K. William Kolbe Legal Writing Competition – Justin Brown has won a national legal writing contest sponsored by the ABA Section of Public Utility Law.

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October 1, 2009

Lise Daniels Earns Honorable Mention in Pro Bono Publico Award – Lise Daniels was awarded an honorable mention for the 15th annual Pro Bono Publico Award.

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July 1, 2009

Eliza Meeker Passes Paris Bar – Eliza Meeker has become the first Vermont Law School graduate to pass the Paris Bar exam.