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Each summer the Environmental Law Center hosts the Hot Topics in Environmental Law lecture series. On Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon, VLGS faculty and invited experts presents lectures on a variety of current issues in environmental law and policy. Vermont Bar Association Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit is available.

Free and open to the public, all summer 2024 lectures will be streamed virtually at 


Tuesday, June 4 – Christine Ro, freelance journalist and VLGS Animal Law Media Fellow, “Do Animals Get Bored? Does It Matter?” 

Thursday, June 6 – Mavis Gragg, HeirShares and VLGS Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Scholar, “Cultivating Connections: The Evolution of a Network for Attorneys Working with Heirs' Property” 

Tuesday, June 11 – Richard Wallsgrove, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and VLGS Climate Law Scholar, “Restorative Energy Justice” 

Thursday, June 13 – Alex Barron, Smith College, “Transforming College Operations for Climate Justice” 

Tuesday, June 18 – Sean Donahue, Donahue & Goldberg, LLP, "The Stability of Environmental Precedent After the Supreme Court's 2023-2024 Term"    

Thursday, June 20 – Iselin Gambert, George Washington University and VLGS Animal Law Scholar, “The Milk Wars”

Tuesday, June 25 – Gerald Torres, Yale Law School and VLGS Environmental Law Scholar, “Environmental Justice 2.0: The Integration of Climate and Culture” 

Thursday, June 27 – Zack Colman, Politico and VLGS Environmental Media Fellow, “The Hidden Economic Costs of Climate Change” 

Tuesday, July 9 – David Wirth, Boston College Law School, "UN Roadmap for a New Global Plastics Treaty" 

Thursday, July 11 – Anthony Moffa, University of Maine School of Law “Holding Fossil Fuel Companies Accountable in Vermont and Beyond”

Tuesday, July 16 – Josh Galperin, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Pace University, “Towards Democratic Environmental Governance”

Thursday, July 18 – JoVona Taylor, Bloomberg Law and VLGS Environmental Media Fellow – “How Did the US legal Framework Allow and/or Provoke Disproportionate Placement of Polluting Projects (and Continues to Do That) in Minority, Low-Income Communities?”

Tuesday, July 23 – Heather Payne, Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University and VLGS Energy Law Scholar, “How AI Can Help Transform the Electric Grid" 

Thursday, July 25 – Grace Hussain, Sentient and VLGS Animal Law Fellow, “Engaging Communities for Solutions to CAFOs” 

Tuesday, July 30 – Robert Percival, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, “How the U.S. Supreme Court Was Captured by Interests Hostile to Environmental Protection" 

Thursday, August 1 – Hoda Emam, independent journalist and filmmaker, and VLGS Food and Agriculture Media Fellow, “Unveiling America's Hidden Hunger: A Journey through Health Inequities in Early Childhood” 


Visit our video archive to view lectures from past summers. 

Hot Topics Lecture Series

Previous Hot Topics Lectures

27 Jul 2023

Hot Topics: ESG: Who is Making the Rules?

12:00pm - 1:00pm


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11 Jul 2023
29 Jun 2023

Hot Topics: The Case Against Pet Ownership

12:00pm - 1:00pm


Watch online at

20 Jun 2023

Hot Topics: The Chesapeake Bay

12:00pm - 1:00pm


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13 Jun 2023

Hot Topics: Surviving the Megadrought

12:00pm - 1:00pm


Broadcast live online at

19 Jul 2022
9 Jun 2022
7 Jun 2022