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The Emerging Environmental Law Curriculum

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June 20-22, 2019
Yates Common Room, 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

Bill McKibben


The keynote panel on Comparing Educational Theories will feature Helen Kang from Golden Gate, Richard Lazarus from Harvard, and Michael Vandenbergh from Vanderbilt. Additional panels will include:

  • Teaching Climate without Despair
  • Old Statutes as Modern Problem-Solvers (how classic federal statutes still have verve in facing up to emerging environmental issues)
  • Undivided Environmentalism (how can we teach about environmental law that's not just for the elites, but for rural communities, communities of color, etc.)
  • The Practitioner’s Perspective (preparing students for jobs; striking the proper balance between law education and law reform education)

For the full schedule of panels, click here.

The Emerging Environmental Law Curriculum

Join us in Vermont!

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!

Registration for this event is now closed. For further inquiries, please contact Anne Linehan,


Brocklebank Craft Brewing

Brocklebank Craft Brewing is a one-and-a-half barrel nanobrewery in Tunbridge. They brew all kinds of beers, including IPAs, pilsners, stouts, weissbiers, and fruit beers, and distribute to a dozen bars and restaurants in central Vermont.