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Vermont Law School will continue with virtual classes during the fall semester. The physical campus will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. VLS community members should download the Health Screening App and check their email for more information. Please visit vermontlaw.edu/covid19 for general information, resources, and updates.

2020 Fall Online Classes

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2020 Fall Online Classes

Term 1

ENV5105.E1/Administrative Law

Provides students with a working knowledge of the general principles of administrative law; implementation of legislative policy through administrative agencies, including the role of administrative agencies in the governmental process, rule-making, adjudication, and judicial review of agency actions.

Professor(s)

Semester

2020 Fall - 1OL

ENV5344.E1/Alternative Fuels and Renewable Energy

With an eye toward the impacts of climate change on both natural systems and possible interference on current energy production, this course considers emerging distributed generation models, surveys the range of emerging energy technologies, and examines the local, state and federal laws and policies that govern transition to renewable energy sources. A JD perspective class.

Professor(s)

Kevin B. Jones

Semester

2020 Fall - 1OL

ENV5214.E1/Climate Change Mitigation

Addresses current legal, policy, and economic incentives and problems in our attempt to mitigate our carbon footprint and reduce greenhouse gasses to a more tolerable level. Examines on-going controversies and initiatives at the local, state, regional, national, and international level.

Professor(s)

Alison Milbury Stone

Semester

2020 Fall - 1OL

ENV5226.E1/Energy Law & Policy-Carbon Constrained World

Examines key issues in American energy policy and searches for ways to ease the strains which that policy puts upon environmental sustainability. The course reviews fundamental facts about our energy demands and sample regulatory orders and legal writings that address many of those elements from the perspective of a legal review. Background readings will include ethical issues of social justice in siting projects and meeting or limiting energy demand, the statutory schemes underlying traditional regulation, and an introduction to wholesale electric markets.

Professor(s)

Mark James

Semester

2020 Fall - 1OL

ENV5220.E1/Environmental Economics & Markets

Introduces students to the discipline of environmental economics and expose them to debates over the use of market-based instruments in environmental and energy policy. It also introduces students to basic economics and finance concepts, examines key principles, and applies these basic elements and concepts to common environmental problems and actual case studies. A JD perspective class.

Professor(s)

Madhavi Venkatesan

Semester

2020 Fall - 1OL

ENV5108.E1/Intro to Agriculture & Food Law & Policy

Feeding a growing global population—9.6 billion by 2050—without destroying our planet is one of the critical challenges of our time. Overlay the impacts of climate change, international trade, and the influence of corporations on agricultural production, and this is one of the most complex areas of the law and policy. It is also one of the fastest growing areas, fueled by the food movement both domestically and internationally, greater public awareness of food issues and concerns related to the healthfulness of our food. Indeed, this is an exciting time to be studying food systems law.

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Semester

2020 Fall - 1OL

CRI7333.E1/Juvenile Justice and Law

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Semester

2020 Fall - 1OL

REQ7186.E1/Legislation and Regulation Survey

This course will provide students an introduction to the legislative process, regulatory agencies, and agency law-making. Students will learn to navigate modern U.S. government institutions and processes, with a particular emphasis on the legislative process and the administrative state. Key topics include the structure and animating principles of the U.S.

Professor(s)

Semester

2020 Fall - 1OL

RSJ7215.E1/Narrative Writing Seminar

Professor(s)

Heidi Remick

Semester

2020 Fall - 1OL

RSJ7340.E1/Race, Crimes and Restorative Justice

This course focuses on race, the criminal justice system, and the potential role of restorative justice in healing racial divides and discriminatory injustice. Beginning with our founding documents, the course traces the disparate impact of the criminal justice system on people of color. Final assessment is a graded paper. No prerequisite but Criminal Law is highly recommended.

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Semester

2020 Fall - 1OL

BUS6280.E1/Sales

Covers primarily Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code governing the sale of goods, including formation and modification of contracts for sale, Article 2's statute of frauds, warranties, parole evidence, risk allocations when goods are stored or transported, breach, remedies for sellers and buyers, and contractual limitations on remedies. The course includes references to consumer rights as well as comparisons between the common law of contract and the Code's rules and concepts.

A JD bar class.

Professor(s)

Semester

2020 Fall - 1OL

ENV5112.E1/Science for Environmental Law

Introduces students to the science critical to environmental law and policy, including climate science, air pollution, toxicology, and natural resource management. It also introduces students to scientific thinking and culture, and explores some of the challenges involved in effectively using science in legal and policy decision-making.

Professor(s)

Ross Jones '00

Semester

2020 Fall - 1OL

Term 2

RSJ7210.E1/ Adversity Trauma Victimization

This course will explore the legal, historical, cultural, and psychological frameworks underlying victim rights law, as well as best practices for effective victim/survivor engagement across the American criminal justice system.

Professor(s)

Cara Cookson

Semester

2020 Fall - 2OL

ENV5336.E1/Climate Change, Extinction, Adaptation

Students examine the ecological, social and ethical consequences of climate change impacts on the natural world. After reviewing climate disruption's potential to invoke significant habitat modification and biological impoverishment, students consider various legal and policy options to address both the phenomenon of climate change and its effects. A JD perspective class.

Professor(s)

Pat Parenteau

Semester

2020 Fall - 2OL

ENV5122.E1/Communications, Advocacy & Leadership

Designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to operate effectively in a variety of careers. Topics include communications to achieve public policy aims; development and implementation of legislative and policy campaigns; and management of enterprises. Offered with both ENV and RSJ designation.

Professor(s)

Semester

2020 Fall - 2OL

ENV5228.E1/Energy Regulation and the Environment

Builds on the course Energy Law and Policy in a Carbon-Constrained World by exposing students to the legal, economic, and structural issues involved in energy regulation and energy markets, focusing on electricity. The course examines the evolution, theory and techniques of monopoly regulation; the current processes for rate setting; and the development of competitive, market-based alternatives. The course exposes students to the latest approaches to managing the electric grid, to renewable energy strategies and procurement, energy efficiency, demand side management and green markets.

Professor(s)

Mark James

Semester

2020 Fall - 2OL

ADR6415.E1/Environmental Dispute Resolution

Explores the range of processes that are used to resolve environmental disputes with particular emphasis on consensual processes such as negotiation and mediation. Instruction will be based on lectures and discussions of the theory of dispute resolution and environmental law and simulations to practice the skills needed to resolve environmental disputes.

Professor(s)

Sarah M. Reiter JD’13

Semester

2020 Fall - 2OL

ENV5115.E1/Environmental Law

An introduction to the broader categories of protecting human health and the environment to both assess the successes and failures of environmental protection in the U.S. and gain more detailed substantive knowledge of several key statutes. 

Professor(s)

Semester

2020 Fall - 2OL

ENV5411.E1/Federal Reg of Food & Agriculture

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Semester

2020 Fall - 2OL

REQ7186.E2/Legislation and Regulation Survey

This course will provide students an introduction to the legislative process, regulatory agencies, and agency law-making. Students will learn to navigate modern U.S. government institutions and processes, with a particular emphasis on the legislative process and the administrative state. Key topics include the structure and animating principles of the U.S.

Professor(s)

Kerriann Stout

Semester

2020 Fall - 2OL

ENV5235.E1/Natural Resources Law

Examines the statutes and regulations governing the management of the federal lands and their resources. Considers the historical, political, and ecological influences on the law and management of these resources, and includes an introduction to the agencies with jurisdiction over the components of the federal estate.

Professor(s)

Ross Jones '00

Semester

2020 Fall - 2OL

ENV5469.E1/Oil & Gas Development & the Environment

Examines the legal and regulatory framework of domestic and international upstream and downstream oil and gas activities.Explores key domestic statutory and common law sources, regulations, and industry standards. Surveys selected international and comparative materials such as oil spill prevention agreements, arbitral decisions, and technical regulations. Please see individual class descriptions by term.

Professor(s)

Tade Oyewunmi

Semester

2020 Fall - 2OL

RSJ7120.E1/Origins, Evolution & Critical Issues in Restorative Justice

This course covers the evolving definitions and history of restorative justice and related regulatory and relational practices and approaches. Faculty and students will consider the ways concepts and debates in restorative justice are evolving and being used to tackle some of society’s most challenging problems.

Professor(s)

Erika Sasson

Semester

2020 Fall - 2OL

ENV5245.E1/Water Resources Law

Water is the planet's most precious natural resource. Deciding how it will be shared among competing demands is one of a society's most challenging questions. Water Resources Law is a review of the law and policies concerned with the allocation of water resources in the United States. This course will examine the three main systems of water law in the United States: Eastern riparian systems, the prior appropriation doctrine of the West, and the nationally diverse laws regulating the use of groundwater.

Professor(s)

Semester

2020 Fall - 2OL