​​​​​​ Read below about some of the latest scholarships and impacts made by VLS community members.

  • ​Laurie Beyranevand​ attended the inaugural UCLA/Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Conference, entitled Transparency in the Global Food System: What Information and to What Ends?, on October 24-25, 2014.

  • Jamie Renner attended the Vermont Farm-to-Plate Network Annual Gathering, Killington, VT, on October 23-24, 2014.

  • James Gustave "Gus" Speth​ gave a reading from his memoir, "Angels by the River," at the Norwich Bookstore, Norwich, VT, on October 22, 2014.

  • Several VLS faculty participated in the 5th Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship at Vermont Law School, October 3-5, 2015​:
  • Jack Tuholske's​​ article (with Mark Foster), "Solving Transboundary Pollution Disputes Locally: Success in the Crown of the Continent," was published in the University of Oregon Law Review, Fall 2014.

  • Reed Loder's​ article, "Toward Reconciling Environmental and Animal Ethics: Northeast Wolf Reintroduction," appears in 10 Journal of Animal and Natural Resource Law 95-164 (2014).

  • John Echeverria's article, "Koontz: The Very Worst takings Decision Ever?,”  will be published in the New York University Environmental Law Review, forthcoming.

  • Patrick Parenteau​ participated as a speaker on two panels, "Dead Zones, Hypoxia and Nutrient Loading: Is Pollution Trading the Answer?" and "ObamaAir: Greenhouse Gases, Clean Coal, Pollution Trading and Carbon Caps" at the Society for Environmental Journalists Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, September 3-7, 2014.

  • Steven Dycus's​ book (co-authored with William C. Banks), Soldiers in the Streets: America’s Military at Home in the 21st Century, is scheduled for publication by Harvard University Press in late 2015.

  • Stephen Dycus co- authored (with William C. Banks, Peter Raven Hansen, and Stephen Vladeck) ​2014-2015 Supplement for National Security Law (Fifth Edition) and Counterterrorism Law (Second Edition)​, published by New York: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2014. A sixth edition of National Security Law and a third edition of Counterterrorism Law are under contract for publication in 2016. 

  • Melissa Scanlan's​​ paper,​ "Adaptive Trading: Experimenting with Unlikely Partners," was was listed on SSRN's Top 10 download list on September 4, 2014 for:
    • Natural Resources Law & Policy eJournal​
    • Food Industry eJournal
    • PSN: Environment (Topic)
    • Pollution eJournal
    • SRPN: Farming & Agriculture (Topic)
    • SRPN: Water Pollution (Pollution) (Topic)
    • SRPN: Water Pollution (Water) (Topic), and 
    • Water Sustainability eJournal​​
  • Laurie Beyranevand​ was an invited scholar at the Summer Academy in Global Food Law and Policy where she presented "The Impact of FSMA on the Global Food Supply," in Bilbao, Spain, July 21-25, 2014.

  • Melissa Scanlan presented "Turning Urban Sewage into Renewable Energy," on the Waste and Energy Sources Panel at the 12th annual colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, Tarragona, Spain, July 3, 2014.

  • Melissa Scanlan's​​ article,​ co-authored with Jenny Kehl, "Food and Virtual Water in the Great Lakes States​," appears in 63 DePaul Law Review 771 (Spring 2014).

  • Sean Nolon's article, "Bargaining for Development Post-Koontz: How the Supreme Court Invaded Local Government" was recently accepted by the Florida Law Review. The article also and made the top ten download list for:
  • eJournals for Real Estate
  • State and Local Government

  • Betsy Baker served on the panel "Comparison of Current Regulatory and Liability Regimes in Arctic Coastal States" in the research workshop Arctic Oil/Gas Drilling: Lessons from the Past and Implications for the Future, in recognition of the 4th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, at Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, on April 25, 2014.

  • Tracy Bach has completed two articles to be published in the next month: Protecting Human Health and Stewarding the Environment: An Essay Exploring Values in U.S. Environmental Protection Law, 3 MICH. J. ENVT'L & ADMIN. L. __ (2014) and Better Living Through Chemicals (Regulation)?: The Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA) Through an Environmental Public Health Law Lens, 15 VT. J. ENVIRO. L. __ (2014).
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  • Hillary Hoffmann presented "The Real Public Lands Standoff in Nevada: Unsustainable Livestock Grazing and Climate Change" at the New England Political Science Association Annual Meeting in Woodstock, VT , on April 25, 2014.
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  • Richard Brooks and Melissa Scanlan co-authored the book review of, "Environmental Protection in Multi-Layered Systems: Comparative Lessons from the Water Sector," edited by Mariachiara Alberton and Francesco Palermo, in Publius: The Journal of Federalism, April 2014.
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  • Christopher Ahlers', LLM '13 article, "Presidential Authority Over EPA Rulemaking Under the Clean Air Act," was published in Environmental Law Review, Volume 44, Issue 1 (Lewis & Clark Law School), on April 12, 2014. 
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  • Laurie Beyranevand gave a presentation entitled "Food Labeling for Health Care Professionals" at the Vermont Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Annual Meeting, on April 11, 2014.
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  • Jack Tuholske served as a speaker on "Implementing Constitutional Environmental Rights in North America," at Global Environmental Constitutionalism, Widener University School of Law, Delaware Campus, on April 11, 2014.
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  • Melissa Scanlan taught a course on the Wisconsin Public Trust Doctrine for the University of Wisconsin-Extension Local Land Use Planning and Zoning series, on April 9, 2014.
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  • Jackie Gardina presented on "Environmental Obligation and Enforcement" at the National Association of Environmental Professionals 39th Annual Conference, Changing Tides and Shifting Sands, on April 8, 2014.
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  • Laurie Ristino's article, co-authored with Katie Hannon Michel '15, "Carbon Trading in the United States" was listed on SSRN's Top 10 download list on April 8, 2014 for:
  • ERN: Microeconometric Models of Carbon Markets (Topic)
  • Econometric Modeling: Microeconometric Models of the Environment eJournal
  • Pollution eJournal
  • SRPN: Air Pollution (Topic)
  • SRPN: Carbon Trading (Politics) (Topic)
  • SRPN: Leadership and Sustainability (Topic)
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  • James Gustav Speth presented "40 Years of the Environmental Movement in 20 Minutes" at the Coker College Earth Day Festival, on April 5, 2014.
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  • Betsy Baker presented "Shaping Arctic Policy from DC to Alaska: The U.S. Continental Shelf and Offshore Oil and Gas Regulation in America's High North," as part of the Spring 2014 Faculty Speaker Series at Vermont Law School, April 3, 2014.
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  • Laurie Beyranevand '03 was appointed to serve on the Food and Drug Law Institute's Academic Programs Committee for a three year term beginning in April 2014. The Academic Programs Committee advises FDLI staff in formulating and implementing policies and strategies consistent with FDLI's mission, relating to programs and publications of interest to the academic legal community. The Committee discusses various programs, publications, pricing, dissemination vehicles, etc. that best facilitate expanding FDLI's educational mission.
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  • Several VLS served as panelists at the 2014 Solutions Conference: Eco-Equity at Vermont Law School, on March 28, 2014:
  • Hillary Hoffman presented the opening address.
  • Patrick Parenteau was a panelist on "Civil Rights."
  • Melissa Scanlan was a panelist on "Developing Natural Resources."
  • Betsy Baker was a panelist on "Environmental Justice on an International Scale."
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  • Peter Bradford served as a panelist on "Nuclear Energy's Past," at the Three Mile Island 35th Anniversary Symposium, The Past, Present, and Future of Nuclear Energy, Dartmouth College, on March 28, 2014.
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  • Betsy Baker co-authored (with James Kraska) the policy brief, "Emerging Arctic Security Challenges," published by The Center for a New American Security, on March 26, 2014.
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  • Melissa Scanlan presented "Key Challenges to Lawyering for the Sustainable City" at Lawyering for the Sustainable City, Northeastern University School of Law, on March 21, 2014.
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  • Laurie Ristino's book chapter, "Carbon Trading in the United States," (co-authored with Katherine Hannon Michel), will appear in The Research Handbook on Climate Change Mitigation Law (Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming).
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  • Hillary Hoffmann served as a panelist on "Climate Change Planning," at the 2014 J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Environmental Law Symposium, The Role of Planning in Federal Land Management, George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC, on March 13, 2014.
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  • Betsy Baker's article, "Marine Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Better Use of Science Information" was published by Berkeley's Law of the Sea Institute (LOSI) in the print volume "Securing the Ocean for the Next Generation" Papers from the Law of the Sea Institute, UC Berkeley-Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology Conference, held in Seoul, Korea, May 2012, LOSI Press 2014.
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  • Patrick Parenteau gave a keynote address on, "The 29th Day: How Millennials will Save Civilization from Runaway Climate Change" at the 32nd Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC), Running Into Running Out, University of Oregon School of Law, February 28, 2014.
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  • Laurie Ristino's op-ed piece, "Changing Coalitions and the 2014 Farm Bill," appeared in Jurist on February 27, 2014.
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  • John Echeverria presented at the NH Municipal Lawyers Association, Update on Takings and Exactions, on February 26, 2014. His PowerPoint presentation is available to view.
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  • Laurie Beyranevand '03 delivered a lecture regarding the implications of U.S. laws and policies addressing food to the Health Law Society and Masters of Public Health students at Drexel University, February 24, 2014.
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  • Melissa Scanlan's article, "Shifting Sands: A Meta-theory for Public Access and Private Property Along the Coast," is published as the Lead Article, 65 South Carolina Law Review 295, Winter 2013. The article examines divergent approaches to public access to beaches across the United States, demonstrates how legal theory influences substantive public and private rights, and discusses takings considerations on beaches.
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  • Patrick Parenteau authored "The Carbon Bubble," The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, February 24, 2014.
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  • Betsy Baker presented "Who 'Owns' the North Pole and Who Decides? Science, Politics, and Continental Shelf 'Claims'" at Dartmouth College, on February 20, 2014.
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  • Mark Cooper, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Energy and the Environment, contributed the guest article, "Why the Economics Don't Favor Nuclear Power in America," Forbes.com, February 20, 2014.
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  • Patrick Parenteau's article, "Go Back, It's a Trap! On the Perils of Geologic Sequestration of CO2," was listed on SSRN's Top 10 download list on February 19, 2014 for:
  • SRPN: Coal (Topic)
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  • Betsy Baker presented at the Seattle University School of Law "Arctic Encounter" workshop about sovereignty and continental shelf issues in the Arctic, on February 8, 2014.
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  • Melissa Scanlan and Marc Mihaly both presented at "The Berkeley Exchange: Celebrating Berkeley's Contribution to Environmental Law Scholarship." Dean Mihaly gave the luncheon remarks, and Dean Scanlan was a panelist on "Environmental Law in an Interdisciplinary Context." The symposium took place in Berkeley, CA on February 7, 2014.
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  • Sean Nolon presented "Land Use Negotiation Post-Koontz: How the Supreme Court Invaded Local Government" at the Yale-Quinnipiac Dispute Resolution Workshop, January 31, 2014.
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  • John Echeverria and Janet Milne submitted testimony to the Vermont House Judiciary Committee developed in collaboration with Professor Nancy McLaughlin of SJ Quinney College of Law on pending easement amendment and termination legislation, on January 28, 2014.
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  • David Firestone co-authored (with F. Reed and VLS alum C. Stanton) Environmental Law for Non-Lawyers, 5th edition, 2014.
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  • Janet Milne co-edited (with L. Kreiser, S. Lee, K. Ueta, and H. Ashiabor) Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation, Vol. XIV (Edward Elgar), forthcoming in 2014.
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  • Betsy Baker and Roman Sidortsov co-authored "The Legal and Regulatory Regime for Offshore Hydrocarbon Resources in the U.S. Arctic," in the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, January 2014.
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  • Kinvin Wroth is joint editor (with Hoi Kong) of NAFTA and Sustainable Development: The History, Experience, and Prospects for Implementation, a collection of essays by American and Canadian scholars, accepted by Cambridge University Press for publication in spring 2014, subject to final peer review.
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  • Patrick Parenteau's book chapter, titled "Cities on Stilts: The Myth of Large Scale Climate Adaptation," will appear in Rethinking Sustainable Development to Meet the Climate Change Challenge (Environmental Law Institute), forthcoming in 2014.
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  • Patrick Parenteau's book chapter, titled "Climate Change and the Marine Environment," will appear in Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy, 2nd ed. (ABA), forthcoming in 2014.
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  • Kevin Jones co-authored (with David Zappo '13) A Smarter, Greener Grid:  Forging Environmental Progress through Smart Energy Policies and Technologies (Praeger), forthcoming Spring 2014.
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  • Laurie Beyranevand '03 hosted "GMOs and Intellectual Property," as part of a Yale/VLS webinar series "Third Annual Policy Workshop Webinar Series: Frontiers in Food and Agriculture," on January 28, 2014.
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  • Tracy Bach's article, "Better Living Through Chemicals (Regulation)?," which was presented at the VLS Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship in October, will be published in the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, forthcoming Spring 2014.
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  • Tracy Bach's essay," Protecting Human Health and Stewarding the Environment," based on her presentation at the University of Michigan Law School's Environmental Protection and Human Health Symposium in September 2013, will be published in the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law, forthcoming Spring 2014.
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  • Benjamin Sovacool co-authored (with VLS graduates and IEE Fellows R. Sidortsov and B. Jones) Energy Security, Equality, and Justice (Routledge), forthcoming 2014.
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  • Benjamin Sovacool co-authored (with S.V. Valentine and M.A. Brown) Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy: Fifteen Contentious Questions (Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press), forthcoming 2015.
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  • Benjamin Sovacool co-edited (with Antoine Halff and J. Rozhon) Energy Poverty: Global Challenges and Local Solutions (Oxford: Oxford University), forthcoming 2014.
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  • Benjamin Sovacool and Michael Dworkin co-authored Global Energy Justice: Principles, Problems, and Practices (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), forthcoming October 2014.
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  • Benjamin Sovacool edited Energy Security (London: Sage, Six Volumes), forthcoming 2014.
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  • Benjamin Sovacool edited Energy, Poverty, and Development (London: Routledge Critical Concepts in Development Studies Series, Four Volumes), forthcoming 2014.
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  • Janet Milne's article, "Environmental Taxes and Fees: Wrestling with Theory" has been accepted for publication in Environmental Taxation and Green Fiscal Reform: Theory and Impact, Vol. XIV of Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation, forthcoming September 2014. The article reflects theories and analysis she presented as a keynote speaker at the 14th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation in Kyoto, Japan, in October 2013.
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  • Sean Nolon's article, "Using Distance Learning to Teach Environmental Problem Solving Skills and Theory," will be published in Oregon Law School's Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation, forthcoming spring 2014. 
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  • Melissa Scanlan's invited symposium publication, "Adaptive Management and Water Quality Trading: Experimenting with Unlikely Partners," Kansas L. Rev., is forthcoming Summer 2014.
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  • Melissa Scanlan's invited symposium publication, co-authored with Kehl, "Virtual Water and Food Exports in the Great Lakes Region," 63 DePaul L. Rev 3, is forthcoming Spring 2014.
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  • Laurie Ristino's article, "Back to the New: Millennials and the Sustainable Food Movement," was listed on SSRN's Top Ten download lists on January 13, 2014 for:
  • Food Law & Policy eJournal Top Ten
  • PSN: Social Movements (Topic) Top Ten
  • PSN: Sustainable Development (Topic) Top Ten
  • SRPN: Consumer Behavior Issues (Topic) Top Ten
  • SRPN: Food Production (Topic) Top Ten
  • SRPN: Politics of Food (Topic) Top Ten
  • Sustainability Law & Policy eJournal Top Ten.
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  • Betsy Baker presented "What is it about the North Pole? States, Science, and the Continental Shelf," as panelist for a joint session of two sections: Admiralty and Maritime Law (AML), and North American Cooperation (NAC) at AALS on January 5, 2014.
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  • Sean Nolon's article, "Second Best Practices?: Addressing Mediation's Definitional Problems in Environmental Siting Disputes" was ranked #41 out of the 50 most downloaded articles on SSRN in 2013, searchable by the term "land use."
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  • John Echeverria's article, "Koontz: The Very Worst Takings Decision Ever?" was ranked #2 out of the 50 most downloaded articles on SSRN in 2013, searchable by the term "land use."
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  • Hillary Hoffmann served as a guest editor of the article "The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Silencing of Native American Worldviews," for the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Practice, January 2014.