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November 9, 2012

Solar Home Heating May Reduce Energy Poverty in Asia-Pacific Region, Vermont Law Study Shows – Solar home systems can provide energy services to rural households in the Asia-Pacific region more cost effectively than extending national grids and without relying on polluting fuels such as kerosene, diesel and coal, according to a new study co-authored by Vermont Law School Visiting Associate Professor Benjamin Sovacool and published in Progress In Development Studies.

October 26, 2012

Professor Michael Dworkin Named to VELCO Board – Vermont Law School Professor Michael Dworkin recently was selected by the Vermont Low Income Trust for Electricity's (VLITE) as one of three people to sit on the Vermont Electric Power Co. (VELCO) board.

October 2, 2012

Professor Jackie Gardina writes in Huffington Post - Whites Only, Heterosexuals Only: What's the Difference Again? – In a recent commentary in The Huffington Post, Vermont Law School Professor Jackie Gardina criticized Washington Post columnist George Will for defending a New Mexico business being sued for refusing on religious grounds to photograph a commitment ceremony between two women.

September 6, 2012

Professors Goodenough, Purdom in Huffington Post: Reimagining Legal Education – In a commentary titled "Reimagining Legal Education" in The Huffington Post, Vermont Law School professors Oliver Goodenough and Rebecca Purdom discuss how law schools are navigating the perfect storm of change sweeping the legal landscape, including technological advance, shrinking job prospects, escalating tuition and costs, regulatory change and heightened competition.

August 31, 2012

Professor Gus Speth Releases Third Book in "American Crisis" Series – In his new book "America the Possible - Manifesto for a New Economy," Vermont Law School Professor Gus Speth looks at the troubles in which the United States now finds itself, charts a course through the despair and envisions what he calls "America the Possible."

July 27, 2012

Professor McCann Examines Fallout from Penn State Sexual Abuse Scandal – Vermont Law School Professor Michael McCann has been providing the national media with insight into the legal fallout from the Freeh report on the child molestation scandal at Penn State.

July 9, 2012

Professor Jackie Gardina Argues for Same-Sex Marriage in Huffington Post – In a July 9 commentary headlined "License to Marry" in The Huffington Post, Vermont Law School Professor Jackie Gardina challenges opponents of marriage equality who argue that marriage is the foundation of human society and allowing same-sex couples to wed would cause that foundation to crumble.

June 22, 2012

Professor Jackie Gardina Calls for Marriage Equality in Huffington Post Op-Ed – The Huffington Post recently carried an op-ed article headlined "Marriage Equality, State Power and the Bible" by Vermont Law School Professor Jackie Gardina.

May 16, 2012

Gone Fishin': Prof. Parenteau Analyzes Court Ruling on Recreationists' Access to Reservoir – Vermont Law School Professor Pat Parenteau talked to WCAX recently about the Vermont Supreme Court's recent ruling that the city of Montpelier does not currently have the authority from the state to restrict public recreation at its drinking water supply.

May 16, 2012

Prof. McCann Breaks Down Roger Clemens Trial in Sports Illustrated – Roger Clemens may have to testify if his chief accuser hits a home run on the witness stand in the former baseball star's trial over whether he lied about using steroids and human growth hormone, Vermont Law School Professor Michael McCann wrote in his latest column in Sports Illustrated.

May 7, 2012

Prof. Apel Explores "Newfangled Families" – In a recent story headlined "Newfangled Families," the Valley News featured the MedLaw Seminar taught by Vermont Law School Professor Susan Apel, director of the General Practice Program, and Judy Stern, a professor at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine.

May 3, 2012

Prof. McCann Explores Truths, Myths about Roger Clemens Trial – In his latest Sports Illustrated column, Vermont Law School Professor Michael McCann discusses myths and truths about the U.S. Justice Department's prosecution of former baseball star Roger Clemens and about the Congresional hearing on the clinical effects of HGH, vitamin B-12 and other performance-enhancing drugs and motivations for athletes to use them.

March 1, 2012

The Economist, Other Media Cite Nuclear Studies by Energy Researcher Cooper – In a recent article on the nuclear power industry in the United States, The Economist cited a study by Mark Cooper that examined the financing of nuclear plants.

March 1, 2012

Prof. Sovacool to Help Author IPCC Climate Change Report – Vermont Law School Associate Professor Benjamin Sovacool has been invited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to be a contributing author to its Working Group II, which deals with climate change adaptation, of the forthcoming Fifth Assessment chapter on "Rural Poverty and Livelihoods."

February 10, 2012

Prof. Renzo Examines Privatized Prisons – Vermont Law School Professor Anthony Renzo recently published an article titled "Rights in Search of Remedies: Supreme Court Sentences Federal Inmates to Vagaries of State Law When Prison Contractors Violate Their Constitutional Rights" in the American Constitutional Society Blog.

February 2, 2012

Prof. Wroth Proposes Solutions for Solving Lake Champlain's Environmental Problems – In a recent paper in the Journal of Great Lakes Research, Vermont Law School Professor Kinvin Wroth summarizes the legal provisions that apply to Lake Champlain's environment.

January 31, 2012

Professor Gardina Elected Co-President of SALT – Vermont Law School Professor Jackie Gardina recently took the helm as co-president of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) along with Professor Ngai Pindell of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Boyd School of Law.

January 17, 2012

Educating Digital Lawyers: Prof. Goodenough Op-Ed in Huffington Post – In a recent op-ed titled "Educating Digital Lawyers" in The Huffington Post, Vermont Law School Professor Oliver Goodenough discussed how law schools may adapt to the changing needs of the legal profession.

January 9, 2012

Prof. Porto's New Book Argues for More Due Process in College Sports – Vermont Law School Associate Professor Brian Porto's new book, "The Supreme Court and the NCAA: The Case for Less Commercialism and More Due Process in College Sports," was recently published.

November 30, 2011

Grizzly Bears: Professors Tuholske, Pease Help Restore Protected Status for Top Predator – Vermont Law School professors Jack Tuholske and Craig Pease played a major role in a federal appellate court's recent decision to restore Endangered Species Act protection for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region.

November 30, 2011

Nearly Tip Off Time: Prof. McCann Examines Tentative NBA Labor Settlement – Vermont Law School Professor Michael McCann, one of the nation's leading sports law experts, has been busy lately providing the nation's media with legal analysis of the tentative labor agreement between NBA owners and players.

November 30, 2011

You Want Kale with That Chicken? Prof. Goodenough Examines Trademark Dispute Between Vermont Artist and Fast Food Chain – In a food fight not over nutrition but brand protection, Vermont Law School Professor Oliver Goodenough recently spoke to the Associated Press about the trademark dispute between a Vermont folk artist promoting local agriculture and the nation's second-largest chicken restaurant chain.

November 16, 2011

Bam, Pow, Crash! Professor Goodenough Examines Comic Books Dispute – Vermont Law School Professor Oliver Goodenough -- a legal superhero in his own right -- and Stephen Bissette of the the Center for Cartoon Studies recently discussed the legal and ethical aspects of the copyright dispute between Marvel Comics and comic book legend Jack Kirby, who created such iconic characters as the X-Men, Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, Fantastic Four and others.

November 11, 2011

Prof. McCann Analyzes Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal for Sports Illustrated – Vermont Law School Professor Michael McCann, one of the nation's top sports law experts, analyzed the Penn State sexual abuse scandal in his Sports Illustrated column on Nov. 9 and Nov. 11.

October 13, 2011

New York Times Discusses Keystone XL Project with Prof. Echeverria – The New York Times has spoken twice recently with Vermont Law School Professor John Echeverria about the controversial Keystone XL project, which would build a 1,700-mile pipeline from the oil sands of northern Alberta to the Gulf Coast in Texas.

September 28, 2011

Prof. Jennifer Taub's Chapter on Financial Crisis Praised – Professor Jennifer Taub's chapter in the recently published book "Corporate Governance Failures: The Role of Institutional Investors in the Global Financial Crisis" was highlighted and praised.

September 21, 2011

VT Law School Experts Read "Legal Tea Leaves" While Awaiting Vermont Yankee Ruling – Vermont Law School professors Pat Parenteau, Cheryl Hanna and Don Kreis have been busy recently reading the "legal tea leaves" while awaiting a federal judge's decision in the trial over the controversial Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

July 20, 2011

VT Law School Experts Analyze Ruling in Vermont Yankee Lawsuit – The Associated Press, Vermont Public Radio, Burlington Free Press, WCAX, FOX44, WPTZ and other media spoke with Vermont Law School professors Pat Parenteau, Michael Dworkin, Cheryl Hanna and Don Kreis about a federal judge's ruling July 18 in the lawsuit over the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

July 20, 2011

New York Times Discusses Gay Discrimination Lawsuit with Prof. Greg Johnson – The New York Times talked to Vermont Law School Professor Greg Johnson for a July 20 story about a lesbian couple who is suing a Vermont inn, claiming it refused to host their fall wedding reception because of their sexual orientation.

July 14, 2011

In National Media Spotlight, Prof. McCann Tackles Roger Clemens Perjury Trial, NFL and NBA Labor Disputes – Vermont Law School Professor Michael McCann, one of the nation's top experts in sports law, has been busy recently as a legal analyst for Sports Illustrated.

June 23, 2011

Professors Parenteau, Kreis Discuss Vermont Yankee Lawsuit With VPR – Vermont Public Radio interviewed Vermont Law School professors Pat Parenteau and Don Kreis on June 22 in advance of a key hearing in the federal lawsuit over the continued operation of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

June 23, 2011

New York Times/Greenwire Talk to Prof. Parenteau About Global Warming Case – The New York Times carried a Greenwire story talking to Vermont Law School Professor Pat Parenteau about the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on June 20 in the global warming case American Electric Power v. Connecticut.

June 21, 2011

New York Law Journal Reviews Prof. Schmidt's Nonprofit Law Casebook – The New York Law Journal on June 14 favorably reviewed Vermont Law School Associate Professor Betsy Schmidt's new casebook, "Nonprofit Law: The Life Cycle Of a Charitable Corporation."

June 16, 2011

Reefer Madness: Planning for and Regulating Medical Marijuana – Summer faculty member Dwight Merriam, of Robinson & Cole LLP's Land Use Group, gave a Hot Topics talk on Jun 9, 2011, titled "Reefer Madness: Planning for and Regulating Medical Marijuana."

June 14, 2011

Prof. Tuholske Weighs In On Montana Climate Change Lawsuit – Vermont Law School Adjunct Prof. Jack Tuholske co-authored a June 14 op-ed in the Missoulian (Mont.) on a climate change lawsuit recently filed at the Montana Supreme Court.

June 10, 2011

VPR Discusses CVPS's Proposed Sale With Prof. Dworkin – Vermont Public Radio interviewed Professor Michael Dworkin on June 8 about a Canadian-based company's proposed purchase of the Central Vermont Public Service Corp.

May 25, 2011

Prof. Meyer Discusses "Why L.A. Law Still Matters" – Vermont Law School Professor Philip Meyer spoke at a Stanford Law School symposium titled "Channeling Justice: Television and the Legal Profession" on May 6.

May 24, 2011

Prof. Echeverria Testifies on Private Property Rights – Vermont Law School Professor John Echeverria, one of the nation's foremost experts in takings law, testified on the Private Property Rights Protection Act on April 11, 2011, before the Constitution Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

May 4, 2011

Dean Shields Talks to Marketplace About "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" – Marketplace, the national radio program, spoke with Dean Jeff Shields, Professor Greg Johnson and several students on May 2 about Vermont Law School's stance on the "don't ask, don't tell" law.

April 13, 2011

Dean Shields Explores Single-Payer Health Care Proposal on Vermont Public Radio – In an April 12 commentary on VPR, President, Dean and Professor Jeff Shields discussed the implications for Vermont residents of a single-payer health care system being considered by the governor and Legislature.

March 30, 2011

National Sports Media Turn to Prof. McCann for Insight – The national media are increasingly turning to Professor Michael McCann for his insight into major sports issues, including the perjury trial of home run king Barry Bonds, the prospect of big-time college athletes getting paid, and the NFL's legal challenges.

March 25, 2011

Prof. McCann Explores Barry Bonds' Trial for Sports Illustrated – In his latest Sports Illustrated column, Vermont Law Professor Michael McCann shares his insights on the perjury trial of home run king Barry Bonds, who is being tried on charges in U.S. District Court in San Francisco that he lied to a federal grand jury in 2003 when he testified that he had never knowingly used steroids.

March 14, 2011

Prof. Bradford Discusses Japan's Nuclear Crisis with NPR, Financial Times, Other Media – In the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, media outlets are turning to Adjunct Professor Peter Bradford for his expertise in nuclear energy.

March 14, 2011

Prof. McCann Analyzes NFL Labor Impasse for Sports Illustrated – Professor Michael McCann provides the latest legal analysis in Sports Illustrated as a gridiron "nuclear winter" looms and the labor battle between NFL owners and players shifts from the negotiating table to the courtroom.

March 8, 2011

Prof. Apel Discusses Compensating Surrogate Mothers – Professor Susan Apel recently wrote a column headlined "Why Compensating Surrogate Mothers is the Right Thing to Do" in the Bioethics Forum published by The Hastings Center.

March 3, 2011

Prof. McCann Provides Legal Analysis of College Football and Crime in Sports Illustrated, CBS News Investigation – A six-month, groundbreaking investigation of college football and crime by Sports Illustrated and CBS News included legal analysis and investigative work by Prof. Michael McCann, especially regarding the Freedom of Information Act.

March 3, 2011

Prof. Czarnezki's New Book Promotes "Everyday Environmentalism" – Prof. Jason Czarnezki's inspiring new book, "Everyday Environmentalism: Law, Nature, and Individual Behavior," addresses the small choices that individuals can make to have a positive effect on the natural world.

February 7, 2011

New York Times Reports VLS's Stance on Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" – In a Jan. 27 story on President Obama's State of the Union address in which he called for more military recruiters on campus, The New York Times discussed Vermont Law School's stance as one of only two law schools in the nation to bar military recruiters from campus because of the "don't ask, don't tell" law.

February 7, 2011

McCann Analyzes Wilpon-Madoff Lawsuit and Impact on New York Mets – In his latest column, Professor Michael McCann examines the complaint filed by victims of Bernie Madoff against New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon and what it means for the future of the Mets.

January 19, 2011

Parenteau Explores EPA's Greenhouse Gas Rules with Living on Earth – Professor Pat Parenteau tells Living on Earth that new EPA rules will mean a large reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, but the agency faces an uphill battle against industry, a number of states and the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

January 19, 2011

McCann Analyzes Upcoming Trial of Home Run King Barry Bonds – In his latest column, Professor Michael McCann examines the upcoming trial of home run king Barry Bonds on 11 counts of perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying under oath about using steroids.

January 19, 2011

Vermont Law School Gains Worldwide Profile as the "Environmental Law School" – In a story headlined "Vermont Law School gains worldwide profile as the 'Environmental Law School'," the Burlington Free Press talked to ELC faculty, students and alumni about VLS' growing reputation for producing top-notch lawyers who specialize in environmental and natural resource issues.

January 11, 2011

ELC's Top 10 Environmental Watch List Draws National Attention – The Top 10 Environmental Watch List, a collaboration between the Environmental Law Center faculty and Vermont Journal of Environmental Law students, has drawn nationwide media coverage for its insightful analysis of the top environmental law and policy issues of 2010-2011.

December 9, 2010

McCann Explores Legality of BCS in Sports Illustrated – Professor Michael McCann examined the legality of college football's BCS system in his latest column in

December 9, 2010

Parenteau Discusses Climate Change on VPR – Professor Pat Parenteau discussed what states and cities can do about climate change on VPR's Vermont Edition on Dec. 1.

December 9, 2010

Mears Named Vermont DEC Commissioner – Associate Professor David Mears, a national leader in environmental law, was appointed by Vermont Gov.-elect Peter Shumlin as commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation on Dec. 6.

November 11, 2010

Dworkin, Cooper Discuss Vermont Yankee's Potential Sale – VPR talked to Professor Michael Dworkin and Mark Cooper with the VLS Institute for Energy and the Environment about the political and financial obstacles that Entergy Corporation faces as it tries to sell the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant

October 27, 2010

Bradford Says "Nuclear Renaissance" Fails Economic Test. – In an article titled "Honey, I Shrunk the Renaissance: Nuclear Revival, Climate Change, and Reality," Peter Bradford, senior research fellow and adjunct professor, argues that the "nuclear renaissance" has proven to be a promotion that cannot pass economic muster.

August 24, 2010

Oakes Classroom Named for Stephanie Willbanks – VLS has renamed Oakes Hall Room 012 as the "Stephanie Willbanks Classroom" in honor of Professor Willbanks for her years of service and contributions as a vice dean and faculty member.

August 6, 2010

Goodenough Discusses Digital Entrepreneurship – In a podcast for the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, VLS Professor Oliver Goodenough dscussed digital entrepreneurs, the evolution of business law, setting your shingle out in the 21st century and a new initiative he's been working on with the state of Vermont to let new businesses function online.

July 16, 2010

Hanna Urges Lawyers to Reflect – Professor Cheryl Hanna recently gave the keynote address at the Vermont Justice Association's 2010 annual meeting.

July 12, 2010

Land Use Institute Hosts APA Webinar – The Land Use Institute recently was host coordinator to a national American Planning Association (APA) webinar -- the 2010 Planning Law Review.

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May 21, 2010

McCann Discusses NCAA Lawsuit with The New York Times – Professor Michael McCann talked to The New York Times for a Feb. 8 story on a class-action anti-trust lawsuit against the NCAA.

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May 21, 2010

Echeverria Speaks to AP about Northwest Water Dispute – In an Associated Press story on March 11 that ran in The Oregonian and other news outlets across the West, Professor John Echeverria commented on an Oregon Supreme Court ruling on the Klamath Basin water dispute.

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May 21, 2010

Dennis Heads Pro Bono Project for Katrina Victims – Associate Professor Johanna Dennis organized a a group of 20 VLS students who spent two weeks in New Orleans in May on a pro bono legal assistance and research project to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.

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May 21, 2010

U.S.-China Partnership Chief Joins EPA – President Obama has appointed Professor Tseming Yang, director of Vermont Law School's U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law, to serve as deputy general counsel for international affairs of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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April 6, 2010

Johnson Takes Lead Role in Marriage Equality Conference – Professor Greg Johnson, an expert in sexual orientation and the law, will chair a panel discussion at "The Law and Politics of Marriage Equality: Vermont, The Nation and the World" conference on April 15 and 16 at VLS and the University of Vermont.

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April 5, 2010

Willbanks Elected to American Law Institute – Professor Stephanie Willbanks is one of 54 newly elected members of the American Law Institute.

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April 5, 2010

Czarnezki Named Earthcast 2010 Keynote Speaker – Professor Jason Czarnezki has been selected as the keynote speaker for Earthcast 2010.

March 12, 2010

ABA Journal Cites Professor Czarnezki's Blog – Empirical Legal Studies, a blog co-founded by Professor Jason Czarnezki, again made the annual ABA Journal Blawg 100 list.

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February 5, 2010

Vermont Law School Faculty Leadership in The Association of American Law Schools – This year, as in past years, our faculty have assumed leadership positions within The Association of American Law Schools.

January 1, 2010

Professor Cheryl Hanna's latest VPR commentary – In her VPR commentary on Dec. 31, Professor Cheryl Hannah discussed one family's effort to toughen Vermont's DUI law.

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December 16, 2009

Associate Professor Michael McCann Speaks to the AP about a Major League Baseball Dispute – Associate Professor Michael McCann spoke to the Associated Press on Dec. 16 about a contract dispute involving a Cuban defector who wants to play major league baseball.

December 3, 2009

Professor John Echeverria Speaks to The New York Times about a Supreme Court case in Fla. – Professor John Echeverria spoke to The New York Times on Dec. 2 about a U.S. Supreme Court case involving a regulatory takings dispute on Florida's beaches.

December 2, 2009

Prof. Parenteau Discusses Climate Change Education with New York Times – Professor Pat Parenteau spoke to The New York Times on Dec. 1 about the challenges that law schools face in educating students in the burgeoning specialty of climate change law and policy.

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November 20, 2009

Associate Dean Shirley Jefferson Appears on NECN – Associate Dean for Student Affairs Shirley Jefferson was interviewed by New England Cable News about the details of Dean J's life experiences at VLS and beyond.

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October 8, 2009

Prof. Echeverria Weighs in on Supreme Court Case in New York Times Article – Professor John Echeverria quoted in New York Times article that examines a regulatory takings case.

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September 16, 2009

New Dean Guides Academics at Vermont Law School – Vermont Law School announces the appointment of Professor Gil Kujovich as Vice Dean for Academic Affairs.

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September 16, 2009

IEE Report Outlines Effects of Expansion of U.S. Nuclear Industry – Dr. Mark Cooper, the Institute for Energy and the Environment's Senior Fellow for Economic Analysis, presented the results of a study on potential economic effects of expansion of the U.S. nuclear industry, as reported on June 18 in multiple industry news outlets, including CNN Money and Your Industry News.

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September 8, 2009

Prof. McCann Discusses Perjury Charges Related to MLB Steriod Use – Professor Michael McCann discusses, in his June 16 column, the potential of perjury charges against players like Sammy Sosa in the ongoing investigation of steroid use in MLB.

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August 29, 2009

Ruth Rubio Marin Speaks on Her Recent Book, The Gender of Reparations – Vermont Law School recently hosted a book launch and book signing by author Ruth Rubio-Marín.