Scholarship & Impacts

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

  • Laurie Beyranevand presented “Can Revised Standards of Identify Achieve Greater Public Health Outcomes?” at the 42nd annual American Society of Law Medicine and Ethics Health Law Professors Conference, which is co-hosted by the Beazley Institute at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, in Chicago, IL, on June 6, 2019.
     
  • Sarah Reiter's article “Embedding the value of coastal ecosystem services into climate change adaptation planning,” (with Wedding, L.M., et al), will appear in Peer Journalforthcoming 2019.
     
  • Sarah Reiter will serve as an Honorary Research Associate, the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, and will travel to Oxford to work with an interdisciplinary team addressing the governance of the high seas, June 2019.
     
  • Hillary Hoffmann's article, “Speaking Regional Truth to Washington Power over Federal Public Lands,” will appear in the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, forthcoming 2019.
     
  • Pat Parenteau's article, "A Bug's Eye View of the Sixth Extinction," appears in the Environment Forum May/June issue 2019.
     
  • Melissa Scanlan presented on "Cooperatives and advancing environmental sustainability," at the U.S.-E.U. Environmental Law Colloquium at the Center for American Studies in Rome, Italy on May 30, 2019.
     
  • Hillary Hoffmann moderated a panel at the 19th Institute for Natural Resources Law Teachers, "Climate Change, Population Demographics, and Fire Management in the West," at the University of Montana, Alexander J. Blewett School of Law, on May 30, 2019.   
     
  • Hillary Hoffmann presented “Using Tribal Ecological Knowledge to Manage the Bears Ears National Monument,” Engaging Economies of Change, Canadian Society for Ecological Economics, 12th Biennial Conference, Waterloo, ONT on May 24, 2019.
     
  • Pat Parenteau presented “Implications of Clean Water Act Rollbacks in New Mexico,” at Los Alamos National Laboratories, May 9, 2019.
     
  • Janet Milne moderated a panel on "Taxation and Environmental Protection" at the United Nations Economic and Social Council’s Special Meeting on International Cooperation in Tax Matters, on April 29, 2019.
     
  • Jennifer Rushlow presented “Climate Change, Farm Workers, and Regulatory Rollbacks in the US,” at the Food and Our Changing Climate conference at the University of Connecticut School of Law, April 26, 2019.
     
  • Sophia Kruszewski co-presented (with VLS Food and Agriculture Clinic students), “Updates on Food Safety Modernization Act Legal Research Efforts,” a webinar hosted by the Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety, April 18, 2019.
     
  • Sophia Kruszewski co-presented (with VLS Food and Agriculture Clinic students), “State Farm to Institution Policies: Trends to Celebrate, Best Practices to Mobilize, and Barriers to Success,” at the 2019 Farm to Institution New England Summit in Amherst, MA, April 4, 2019.
     
  • Hillary Hoffmann presented at the ABA SEER Public Lands Committee event, Wildfire Management on Public Lands, in late April 2019.
     
  • Laurie Beyranevand was an invited speaker at the Food Law Student Leadership Summit, held at Georgetown Law Center, April 5 - 7, 2019.
     
  • Hillary Hoffmann and Pat Parenteau were quoted in a Bloomberg Environment story on a federal court decision to stay President Trump's order to open up more offshore drilling in Alaska and the North Atlantic, "Supreme Court Could be Best Shot for Alaska Offshore Drilling," on April 2, 2019.  
     
  • Pat Parenteau presented “WOTUS 2.0: The Implications of the Clean Water Rule Revisions for the West,” at the New Mexico Bar Association, April 2, 2019.
     
  • Mark James's article, Cyber-securing the grid. Best practices for state utility commissions,” (co-author), appeared as an op-ed in Utility Dive, April 2019.
     
  • Mark James co-authored (with A. McGovern, J. Somelofske, C. Valentine-Fossum, and K. Zweifel) published “Improving the Cybersecurity of the Electricity Distribution Grid”, a report commissioned by Protect Our Power, in April 2019.
     
  • Kevin Jones presented "Puerto Rico’s Road to Resilience: An Island’s Challenging Transition to a Cleaner, More Resilient Future," at the 3rd Biennial University of the West Indies Faculty of Law Oil and Gas Law Conference, and the Just Transition Initiative Conference on Port of Spain, Trinidad, March 29, 2019. 
     
  • Jennifer Rushlow presented “Kain v. DEP: Climate Litigation in State Court,” part of the Virtual Environmental Law Speaker Series at Mercer Law School, on March 18, 2019.
     
  • Jennifer Rushlow served as a panelist on “Feeding the Warming Planet” at the Food Justice Law Symposium, Harvard Law School, March 9, 2019.
     
  • Hillary Hoffmann's article, "Congressional Plenary Power and Indigenous Environmental Stewardship:  The Limits of Environmental Federalism," was published by the Oregon Law Review in March 2019.  
     
  • Yanmei Lin presented on the Environmental Mission Scholars Program and the Trend of Environmental Clinical Education at Fuzhou Normal University Fuqing Branch, China, on March 7, 2019.
     
  • Pat Parenteau presented “Recovery after Trump,” at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, University of Oregon, February 28, 2019.
     
  • Hillary Hoffmann presented "Ecological Law and Tribal Governance in the Bears Ears National Monument," at the Economics for the Anthropocene Webinar on Ecological Law and Governance (co-hosted by VLS and McGill University Faculty of Law) on February 26, 2019.
     
  • Kinvin Wroth provided introductory remarks to the Economics for the Anthropocene Webinar on Ecological Law and Governance (co-hosted by VLS and McGill University Faculty of Law) on February 26, 2019.
     
  • Janet Milne is co-editor of Environmental Fiscal Challenges for Cities and Transport, Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation, Vol. XXI (Edward Elgar, forthcoming September 2019).  The manuscript, which contains 18 chapters written by authors from 17 countries, was submitted to the publisher in February. 
     
  • Stephen Dycus delivered opening and closing remarks for a symposium, "The Continuing Threat of Nuclear War," sponsored by the Journal of National Security Law & Policy at Georgetown Law School on February 25, 2019.
     
  • John Echeverria presented “Border Zones II: This Land is Whose Land?” at the Texas Hispanic Journal of Law & Policy SymposiumUniversity of Texas School of Law, on February 19, 2019.
     
  • Pat Parenteau's blog article,Supreme Court to Visit Maui,” appears in the American College of Environmental Lawyers Blog, Feb. 21, 2019.
     
  • Kinvin Wroth testified before the Vermont House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife on land use planning aspects of a bill to enact “An Act Relating to Changes in Act 250” on February 19, 2019.
     
  • Jessica Scott's article From Friend to Foe: The Complex and Evolving Relationship of the Federal Government and the Migratory Birds It is Bound to Protect,” appears in Environmental Law Review, winter 2019.
     
  • Melissa Scanlan's article, “Droughts, Floods, and Scarcity on a Climate-Disrupted Planet: Understanding the Legal Challenges and Opportunities for Groundwater Sustainability,” appears in 37 Va. Envtl. L.J. 1 (2019).
     
  • Laurie Beyranevand presented on "Food Security" at the Physicians for Human Rights: Planetary Health – Life in Our Changing World Conference at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH on January 11, 2019.
     
  • Yanmei Lin acted as a facilitator for a participatory learning workshop, "Environmental Rule of Law and Water Sources Protection" in the conference of Multiple Sources - More Players and More Solutions to Protect Water Sources in Guiyang, Guizhou Province, China, on January 5, 2019.
     
  • Stephen Dycus's book review Requiem for Korematsu? (reviewing Eric K. Yamamoto, In the Shadow of Korematsu: Democratic Liberties and National Security (2018)), 10 J. Nat’l Security L. & Pol’y is forthcoming 2019.
     
  • Hillary Hoffmann served on "Tribal Natural Resource Co-Management Agreements: the Bears Ears National Monument," Indian Law and Policy in the Era of Trump, Indian Nations and Indigenous Peoples Panel, American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, January 3, 2019.

  • Yanmei Lin's article, “Environmental Mission Scholars Program: Fostering Next Generation of Environmental Public Interest Law Practitioners” will be published in the conference proceeding/book on China’s Environmental Law Education and Innovation in Practical Training in early 2019.