The Emerging Environmental Law Curriculum

June 20-22, 2019
Vermont Law School

The Environmental Law Center presents “The Emerging Environmental Law Curriculum,” a conference for law professors on new directions in environmental law curriculum. The conference will kick off with an address by Bill McKibben, founder of The keynote panel on Comparing Educational Theories will feature Richard Lazarus from Harvard and Michael Vandenbergh from Vanderbilt. Additional panels will include:

  • Teaching Climate without Despair
  • Old Statutes with New Issues (how classic federal statutes still have verve in facing up to emerging environmental issues)
  • Teaching Novel Theories (e.g., rights of nature, public trust climate cases, etc.)
  • The Practitioner’s Perspective (preparing students for jobs; striking the proper balance between law education and law reform education)

The conference will include dinner and a keynote address and panel on Thursday evening; a full day of panels and discussion, followed by dinner at a local farm on Friday; and optional social activities on Saturday, including organic farm tours and a beer tasting at a local nanobrewery. Vermont is a lush and green place to visit in the summer, and Vermont Law School is the perfect setting for a discussion about the environmental law curriculum of the future. Join us!

Questions? Contact Rebecca Milaschewski at