The Vermont Law School blog features blog posts and articles written by students (JD, LLM and Master's students), faculty members, and others, about environmental law, energy law, food and agriculture law and policy, international law, human rights, and more.
"The World of Waste in a Wasteful World:" A recap of the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law Symposium
Waste is an important environmental topic, now more than ever. Symposium Editor Carolyn Clark provides an overview of VJEL's symposium on this complex issue. Read more »
September 23, 2021
Delcianna ("Delci") Winders, a renowned animal law expert and advocate, joined the Vermont Law School faculty this fall as a visiting associate professor of law and director of the new program. We caught up with VLS's newest environmental law faculty member to learn more about animal law and how students can get involved. Read more »
September 22, 2021
Sherri White-Williamson JD/MERL’18 is on a mission. The North Carolina native is shining a bright light on how people of color and low-income communities bear the brunt of environmental pollution. Read more »
September 17, 2021
Vermont Law School students are changemakers. Meet current mission scholar Josie Watson JD'23. Read more »
September 15, 2021
Katie Merrill is the director of admissions at Vermont Law School. Here are her top five tips for applying to law school. Read more »
September 3, 2021
August 29, 2011, was supposed to be the first day of classes at Vermont Law School. Instead, catastrophe struck. Read more »
August 16, 2021
Five law students from across the country joined the team at Vermont Law School's Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) as Honors Interns this summer. Read more »
August 11, 2021
The editorial team for the North American Volume of the International Encyclopedia of Restorative Justice is seeking proposals for short chapters that explore restorative justice research, practice, law, and/or policy within the US. Read more »
July 30, 2021
This poem was submitted by Emma Hirst MARJ’21 to a restorative justice art contest held by Amherst College in spring 2021. Read more »
July 28, 2021
For the early students of the restorative justice program, the sense that a broken system desperately needs repairing isn’t new. Read more »
July 22, 2021
As COVID-19 swept across the U.S., it dramatically altered the work lives of three Vermont Law School Alumni. Read more »
July 20, 2021
When VLS alumna and faculty member Molly Gray JD’14 was sworn in as Vermont’s 82nd lieutenant governor, she became the fourth female in the state’s history to hold the position. Read more »
July 16, 2021
When Beth McCormack was named interim president and dean by the VLS Board of Trustees on January 23, she became the first woman to hold that position in the school’s history. Read more »
June 30, 2021
Wenfang Liang LLM'22 is a fellow with the U.S.-Asia Partnerships for Environmental Law (PEL), a VLS program that works collaboratively with government institutions, non-government organizations, lawyers, judges, lawmakers, and others to promote good environmental governance in Asia. Read more »
June 21, 2021
In Tamara Toles O'Laughlin's JD/MELP'09 former role as North American director for 350.org she orchestrated the largest-ever coordinated series of events on climate. Read more »
June 8, 2021
Each year, a select group of students participates in an International Climate Law course that takes them to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (also known as the "COP" conference). Mitul Patel JD/MERL'21 and Andrea Salazar JD/MERL'22 describe the experience. Read more »
June 1, 2021
On Friday, May 14, the staff and faculty gathered virtually to recognize several members of the Class of 2020 and 2021 for outstanding service, stewardship, and leadership. Read more »
May 19, 2021
Vermont Law School's Environmental Justice Clinic worked alongside legislators to develop language for a new bill. Read more »
May 11, 2021
From this summer’s selection of 23 environmental law courses, we asked Associate Dean and Professor Jenny Rushlow to weigh in on the three she’s most excited about. Read more »
April 28, 2021
For Earth Day, we invited Vermont Law School students to celebrate the beauty of the natural world. Read more »
April 2, 2021
For many students, the years spent in law school are the most professionally meaningful and challenging. Read more »
April 2, 2021
The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems is expanding a farmland access resource to serve more communities. Read more »
March 30, 2021
Vermont Law School is proud to announce the recipients of the Professional Certificate in Restorative Justice scholarship. Read more »
March 18, 2021
Delinda Passas MARJ'20 was among the first cohort of online Master of Arts in Restorative Justice (MARJ) students in 2018. Read more »
March 18, 2021
In honor of Judge Peter Hall's contributions to Vermont Law School, we ask alumni, faculty, staff, and others to share tributes to their mentor, colleague, and friend. Read more »
March 11, 2021
This year, Vermont Law School's U.S.-Asia Partnerships for Environmental Law is supporting 15 aspiring lawyers working pro bono on environmental advocacy in China. Read more »
March 9, 2021
Rachel Thompson AJD’17 has always been passionate about fighting for what is right and defending those who don’t have a voice. Read more »
March 8, 2021
Titled "Elevate," the three-part interview series is the brainchild of VLS student Veronica Ung-Kono JD/MERL'21 and professor Jeannie Oliver. We caught up with the duo to hear more about it. Read more »
February 26, 2021
Dr. Lindsey Pointer, assistant director of the National Center on Justice Reform and an association professor at VLS, recently published her second book focusing on restorative justice practices. Read more »
February 26, 2021
In honor of former VLS Dean Max Kempner's contributions to Vermont Law School, we ask alumni, faculty, staff, and others to share tributes to their dean, mentor, colleague, and friend. Read more »
February 26, 2021
Shirley Jefferson, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity and Associate Professor of Law, has devoted her life to fighting racism. Read more »
February 23, 2021
Students and staff of the Vermont Immigrant Assistance (VIA) Project, part of the South Royalton Legal Clinic, have been assisting undocumented immigrants with their registrations for state covid-19 funds. Read more »
February 19, 2021
Students in Vermont Law School’s Environmental Justice Clinic are supporting frontline communities in their fight against an oil refinery that has polluted a Caribbean Island for decades. Read more »
February 18, 2021
What training do judges receive in order to perform their role successfully? Read more »
February 18, 2021
Why not rewrite those old stories and poems through a different lens, a restorative lens?Read more »
February 10, 2021
What environmental law and policy issues will be at the forefront of 2021? The Vermont Journal of Environmental Law has released its predictions in the Top Ten Watchlist for 2021. Read more »
February 5, 2021
Our mission is too important, our impact on the world too great, for us not to be successful... Read more »
January 28, 2021
Johanna Doren and Emily Whittier worked with Feeding the Valley Alliance while earning their Master's in Food and Agricultural Law and Policy (MFALP) degrees. Read more »
January 26, 2021
... the looming threat of climate change now makes it imperative for economies to pivot to more sustainable, decarbonized types of energy... Read more »
January 19, 2021
Vermont Law School recently caught up with Amber Widmayer LLM'17 to discuss why she chose VLS and the LLM in Energy Law. Read more »
January 14, 2021
Emily Severson was among the first cohort of MARJ students in 2018 and is now working as a mitigation specialist for the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission. Read more »
January 12, 2021
Working in private practice in Washington, D.C., this alumna focuses on food regulation while staying true to her farming roots. Read more »
January 8, 2021
Vermont Law School students Karla Barron MARJ’21 and Caleb Sabatka MARJ’21 recently combined forces to submit public comments to the Department of Labor. Read more »
December 18, 2020
In anticipation of the New Year, here are the most popular blogs of 2020 based on readership. Enjoy! Read more »
December 17, 2020
Vermont Law School wishes you a truly happy and restorative holiday season. Read more »
December 16, 2020
Based at Vermont Law School's Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, the Vermont Legal Food Hub connects local farmers, food producers, and related organizations with free legal services. Read more »
December 8, 2020
As the semester draws to a close, the 2L students at VLS have completed a major rite of passage. Read more »
December 4, 2020
Vermont Law School recently caught up with Matthew Rubin MERL'18 to discuss why he chose VLS. Read more »
December 2, 2020
Vermont Law School students are changemakers. Mission Scholarships offered by VLS support students who want to use the power of the law to make a difference in their communities and the world. Read more »
November 25, 2020
Vermont Law School community members share what laws they are thankful for. Read more »
November 23, 2020
Professor Hillary Hoffmann talks about her new book A Third Way: Decolonizing the Laws of Indigenous Cultural Protection. Read more »
November 19, 2020
Environmental law professor Jonathan Rosenbloom studies how local municipalities can step up to build sustainability, resilience, and equity. Read more »
November 18, 2020
In celebration of International Restorative Justice Week, a gallery of contest submissions and artist statements is available online for viewing now through Nov. 22 Read more »
November 16, 2020
Everyone is feeling something. The uplifted weight of the false and negative rhetoric that now lies in defeat. It is a sigh of slight relief and air of hope. Read more »
November 5, 2020
Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court has caused many Vermonters to fear that their rights are in jeopardy. Read more »
October 28, 2020
The Black Lives Matter movement and the spread of COVID have once again raised the question: How much pollution can a community tolerate? Read more »
October 26, 2020
Oakland Valley, New York native Allison Berg JD/MERL'21 talks about why she chose Vermont Law School. Read more »
October 23, 2020
The 2020 symposium was based on decarbonization and titled, “Don’t Be a Fossil Fool: Transitioning To, Living In, and Protecting A Decarbonized World.” Read more »
October 12, 2020
Read about Act H.833, a new bill that will protect Vermont surface waters and make the state more resilient against climate change. The bill became law last week, thanks to a coalition of environmental organizations represented by VLS's Environmental Advocacy Clinic. Read more »
October 6, 2020
Jonathan Willson MERL'15 explains why he chose Vermont Law School.Read more »
October 2, 2020
Environmental Justice Clinicians interview Kerene Tayloe, Director of Federal Legislative Affairs at WE ACT for Environmental Justice. Read more »
September 25, 2020
The world lost a true hero of the legal profession. Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s lifetime of achievements and trailblazing career inspired people the world over to fight for fairness, justice and equality.Read more »
September 22, 2020
The crisp air blows in and transforms green South Royalton into a palette of foliage colors. Oranges, reds, and yellows fill the trees that surround the campus. Read more »
September 18, 2020
Environmental Justice Clinicians Sophia Battle JD'21 and Joel Nelson JD'21 talk with José Bravo, Executive Director of the Just Transition Alliance. Read more »
September 16, 2020
As an LLM Fellow at the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS), Esther Akwii LLM'20 helped pilot a range of CAFS projects in partnership with organizations across the U.S. Read more »
September 14, 2020
Since junior year of high school Lauren Mabie AJD’21 knew she was destined to be a justice driven lawyer. She started her journey to Vermont Law School at American University where she attended for her undergraduate. Read more »
August 31, 2020
Environmental Justice Clinicians Vanessa Romero JD/MELP'21 and Kendall Keelen JD'22 Talk with Naeema Muhammad, Director of Organizing at the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network. Read more »
August 31, 2020
California-based Monica Miller JD’12 fights for the separation of church and state. Miller’s work is often around issues that arise in public schools. Read more »
August 19, 2020
Environmental Justice Clinicians John Kirkpatrick and Patrick Raya speak with Perry County, Alabama, Commissioner Benjamin Eaton. Read more »
August 27, 2020
Even in his childhood, Michael Crouse JD'21 had values rooted in environmental stewardship. That is why environmental law was a natural choice for him when he decided to pursue a law degree. Read more »
August 26, 2020
Environmental Justice Law Society (EJLS) is proud announce the premier of Trace the Roots: Voices Left Out of Environmental Conversations, a short documentary featuring environmental justice leaders Mustafa Santiago Ali, Raya Salter, and Nadia Seeteram Read more »
August 21, 2020
This summer, Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) welcomed its first cohort of Summer Honor Interns. Six interns joined the team from law schools around the country, working on a range of CAFS’s food law and policy projects. Read more »
August 19, 2020
Environmental Justice Clinic students Rico Edwards JD'22/MARJ'19 and Blake Whitehead MARJ'20 interview Center for Whole Communities Senior Fellow and Vermont State Senate candidate Kesha Ram. Read more »
August 14, 2020
Professor Joe Brennan gives his advice on how to be successful on the LSAT. Read more »
August 12, 2020
Introducing the Environmental Justice Clinic’s new blog series, in which student teams sit down with clients and partners from across the country. Over the next six weeks, we’ll hear their perspectives on the connections between environmental justice, the struggle for racial justice, and the Movement for Black Lives. Read more »
August 6, 2020
Clinics and centers cover everything from immigration and expungement law to food and agriculture policy. Read more »
August 4, 2020
As a 30-year U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Richard (Rick) Johnson JD’97 has always been drawn to challenges and eager to pioneer solutions. Read more »
July 29, 2020
A past Vermont Community Solar Energy Clinic team investigated a site for the White River Community Solar project on Putting Down Roots Farm in Royalton, Vermont.Read more »
July 24, 2020
Q&A with Derek Miodownik MARJ'21, Community and Restorative Justice Executive for the Vermont Department of Corrections and online student in the Master’s of Restorative Justice Program. Read more »
July 23, 2020
A member of Tuscarora, one of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee/Iroquois Confederacy, Grant Jonathan MSEL’97 saw firsthand how environmental degradation and a changing climate impacted the land and Indian Nations. Read more »
July 17, 2020
Kyle Tisdel JD’05 and his colleague took a seat at the large, oak counsel’s table in the federal courtroom in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Tisdel takes on big oil and gas and wins! Read more »
July 15, 2020
The Energy Clinic has been working with low to moderate-income communities in New Hampshire to develop community solar arrays to both reduce their carbon footprint and their energy or lot rent costs. Read more »
July 13, 2020
As the executive director of the Artisan Grain Collaborative, a VLS alumna channels her Master’s in Food and Agriculture Law and Policy to bolster staple crop supply chains in the Upper Midwest. Read more »
July 10, 2020
Ellie Hardwick JD/MERL 21’ talks about her experience at VLS earning a master’s degree in energy regulation and law, work as a Research Associate in the IEE, advanced clinician work in the Energy Clinic, being a member of the Energy Law Society and participation in Moot Court. Read more »
July 9, 2020
On June 26, the VLS community gathered virtually to recognize several of our graduating students for outstanding service, stewardship and leadership, and more. Read more »
July 8, 2020
Hiking in Vermont is the gift that keeps on giving, no matter the season. A VLS staffer shares a list of her favorite peaks and trails. Read more »
June 24, 2020
Each season in South Royalton brings its own delights, from blazing fall colors to cross-country skiing. But summertime’s charms are in a league of their own. Read more »
June 22, 2020
This is a moment of truth for the nation, and environmental law and VLS graduates have a key role to play in confronting and eradicating the racism that permeates every facet of American society. Read more »
June 18, 2020
Two longtime professors and environmental public interest lawyers team up to teach a new summer course on protecting public lands out West. Read more »
June 12, 2020
Across the country, Vermont Law School graduates are helping provide clarity amid a swirl of confusing and sometimes conflicting cannabis laws. Read more »
June 11, 2020
With their new publication, a student and a professor are helping plant breeders support biodiversity and build resilience against climate change. Read more »
June 11, 2020
Professor Robert Sand, Founding Director, Center for Justice Reform discusses The Death of George Floyd: The Laws and Limits of Minnesota’s Homicide Statutes.
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June 5, 2020
The Food and Agriculture Law Society stands with Black communities, organizers, and protesters. FALS stands in support and solidarity of Black lives because Black Lives Matter. Read more »
June 4, 2020
Vermont Law Review stands in solidarity with the black community. We recognize the violence and injustices that our current systems perpetuate. VLR supports and encourages those who speak out and protest against racism. Read more »
June 3, 2020
As future attorneys, we all have a duty to ensure the law is administered equitably. We call on you to be an ally to the Black community by combating injustices, police brutality, as well as inequalities in America’s justice system. Read more »
June 3, 2020
A VLS student group responds to the murders of Black Americans, white supremacy, systemic racism, and the protests that have erupted in response. Read more »
June 2, 2020
As AJD graduate Maeve McDermott puts it, "VLS offers so many incredible opportunities. Your future, however, depends on what you make of those opportunities. Pursue your passions and apply yourself. Every question you answer, every professor you talk to, every brief you write, is helping you to grow as a lawyer and a person" ... Read more »
June 1, 2020
A Statement on the Death of George Floyd. Read more »
May 28, 2020
Get to know the Environmental Advocacy Clinic's Director, Jim Murphy, and learn why the advancements Jim brings to the environment, to VLS, and to the emerging lawyers of tomorrow are so timely. Read more »
May 26, 2020
Explore why and how Vermont Law School leads the state in offering commercial EV charging access. Read more »
May 14, 2020
Does filling a person’s body with toxic chemicals constitute injury? That’s the question residents of Hoosick Falls, New York raised when they sought justice from the companies that contaminated their drinking water. Read more »
May 14, 2020
Three Vermont Law School alumni from the online program share why they chose VLS online. Hear from Ricardo Edwards JD'22/MARJ'19, Michelle Bender MELP'15, and Delinda Passas MARJ'20. Read more »
May 12, 2020
Student attorneys in VLS's Environmental Advocacy Clinic (EAC) take on real-world cases to protect natural resources and the environment. Since the clinic announced a new partnership with the National Wildlife Federation in late 2019, it's been very busy: from tackling national cases for the leading conservation organization, to advocating on behalf of local community groups. Read more »
May 7, 2020
As a member of Vermont Law School's new Environmental Justice (EJ) Clinic, I recently had the opportunity to visit and work with members of the Ashurst Bar/Smith community in Tallassee, Alabama, who are being subjected to the negative effects of living near a large solid waste landfill. Read more »
May 5, 2020
With courses taught by world-renowned visiting scholars and experts, Vermont Law School’s Summer Session is open to students from schools around the country. This summer the classes will move online due to the COVID-19 campus closure. But with 24 environmental law courses on deck, there is no shortage of exciting topics to choose from. Read more »
April 30, 2020
After graduating from VLS's Master of Food and Agriculture Law and Policy program, Eva Moss moved to North Carolina and founded Heartstrong Farm. In addition to running the no-till flower-growing business, she now works as farmer and partner development manager at Farm Commons. Read more »
April 22, 2020
Vermont Law School students, faculty, and alumni share tips for incremental changes that make a difference. Read more »
April 21, 2020
Carrie Scrufari arrived at Vermont Law School in 2014 as a Food and Agriculture LLM Fellow. We caught up with Scrufari—who is now associate general counsel at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—to learn more about her time at VLS and how it served as a springboard into a food law career. Read more »
April 7, 2020
With workplaces upended due to COVID-19, farms are finding themselves in uncharted territory. The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems created a guide to employment law for Vermont farmers and farm workers covering some of the most pressing questions raised by the novel coronavirus: from paid sick leave, to unemployment insurance, to rules for small businesses. Read more »
April 6, 2020
In mid-March, Vermont Law School (VLS) made the tough-but-necessary decision to temporarily close campus, moving classes online for the rest of the semester. Within days, staff, faculty, and students found themselves adjusting to the new normal: virtual VLS. Read more »
March 6, 2020
Growing up and living with scarcity impacts decision-making and judgment. The VLS Center for Justice Reform hosted, and co-sponsored it along with the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, training to learn how scarcity affects people we encounter in our current or future work. Read more »
February 1, 2019
As a claims representative for the Intertribal Agriculture Council, Alicia Nevaquaya MSEL’05 identified farmers and ranchers who would benefit from a USDA $760 million settlement. Read more »
January 25, 2019
David Bridgers JD/MSL’93 serves as common counsel to some of the country’s major gasoline and petro-fuel companies, while acting as an outside voice for the group with the EPA and the City of New York. Read more »
December 20, 2018
Lizzie Tisher JD'14 discusses her work in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, helping a group of neighbors fight the environmental and health impacts of an asphalt plant near their homes. Read more »
December 6, 2018
Thad Adkins JD'09, an environmental attorney in Helena, Montana, ended up representing a fellow Montanan imprisoned for 23 years in the appeal of a lifetime. Read more »
December 4, 2018
Helena Wooden-Aguilar JD’02 was in her second year as an attorney in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Civil Rights when she got an unusual call at her desk. Read more »
October 9, 2018
Nico Lustig has a professional mission: to use the law to help communities, entrepreneurs, and workers create cooperatives, benefit corporations, and social enterprises that strengthen connection and cultivate human and environmental health. Read more »
October 2, 2018
The Energy Clinic and student clinicians worked with Mascoma Meadows, a resident-owned community in Lebanon, NH this summer. Their work focused on a 100kW low income community solar project and commercial and community solar projects in Randolph and South Royalton, VT. Read more »
September 29, 2018
This past July, U.S.-Asia Partnerships for Environmental Law (PEL) welcomed a delegation of experts to receive training on the basic U.S. legal systems and practice for natural resource damage compensation and restoration.Read more »
September 27, 2018
The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC) has partnered with Earthjustice, the largest nonprofit environmental law organization in the nation, to hire a full-time staff attorney for the clinic. Read more »
September 20, 2018
The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) received a $1.5 million award from the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Library (NAL). This funding will be used for a variety of initiatives addressing food and agricultural law. Read more »
August 28, 2018
The Environmental and Natural Resources Clinic (ENRLC) has won a case to protect the city of South Portland from fossil fuel infrastructure. The ruling could have broad implications for local authorities that seek to protect citizens from pipeline companies. Read more »
August 23, 2018
This past month, Vermont Law School, Patagonia and Yale published a guide on guide for entrepreneurs to help budding businesses navigate Certified B Corporations and benefit corporations, which offers a roadmap for entrepreneurs, corporate executives, attorneys, and legislators in using business as a force for good. Read more »
August 7, 2018
Accomplished attorney and environmental advocate Jennifer Rushlow will be joining Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center this fall. She is an experienced litigator, a creative developer of impactful projects, and a passionate and effective advocate for equity and justice. Read more »
July 30, 2018
In July, Sophia Kruszewski joined the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems to lead the Food and Agriculture Clinic. Sophia returns to Vermont Law School after spending the last five years immersed in federal food and agriculture policy. Read more »
July 19, 2018
In June, the Vermont Law School’s Center for Justice Reform held the 2018 International Restorative Justice Conference: Global Unity and Healing in Burlington, Vermont at the UVM Dudley H. Davis Conference Center. Over 350 people attended from Vermont, across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia. Read more »
July 18, 2018
The Center for Justice Reform partnered with two forward-thinking Vermont prosecutors to help host two expungement days. Working in conjunction with prosecutors and Vermont Legal Aid, the Center and VLS student volunteers helped approximately citizens remove old marijuana convictions from their record. Read more »
July 17, 2018
A month ago, I wrote to you about the financial challenges our School was facing, and how we are working to address them. Today, I can confidently say that Vermont Law School has a stronger, more sustainable financial model that positions the school to thrive in coming years. Read more »
May 31, 2018
To survive in today’s fiscal landscape, and to thrive going forward, we have to insist on a sustainable financial model that delivers a quality education to each and every student who arrives in South Royalton or logs in for our online classes. With the unanimous support and guidance of our Board of Trustees, we are currently undergoing a process of programmatic restructuring. Read more »
May 23, 2018
This summer, a field study course on Environmental Governance in the Developing World will offer VLS students the opportunity observe firsthand some of the challenges to implementing strong environmental governance in Southeast Asia. Read more »
May 20, 2018
Thomas Mitchell, Interim Dean and Professor at Texas A&M University School of Law, delivered the 14th Annual Norman Williams Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Planning and the Law at VLS, discussing “How to Address Racial Disparity in Property Ownership.” Read more »
May 18, 2018
The Institute for Energy and the Environment has added two new international fellows to its team: Anna Butenko as Senior Fellow for European Energy Law and Policy, and Arturo Brandt as Senior Fellow for Latin American Climate and Energy Law and Policy. Read more »
May 16, 2018
Five VLS students represented VLS this winter at National Moot Court competitions. Kira Kelley ’18 and Samantha Doyle ’19 represented VLS at the 26th Annual National NALSA Moot Court Competition and Sarah Munger ’18, Sabrina Camboulives ’18, and Matthew Arnold ’18 advanced to the quarterfinals at the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. Read more »
May 12, 2018
The Center for Agriculture and Food systems launched a national Healthy Food Policy Project to identify and elevate local laws and policies that promote access to healthy food and contribute to strong local economies, improved environmental quality, and health equity. Read more »
May 9, 2018
Shi-Ling Hsu, Natacha Teresa Mesa Tejeda, Andrea Freeman, and Tseming Yang will be representing environmental, energy, agriculture, and international environmental law while serving as Distinguished Summer Scholars in residency during this year's Summer Session. Read more »
April 30, 2018
In honor of Professor Brooks' contributions to Vermont Law School, we ask alumni, faculty, staff, and others to share tributes to their teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend. Read more »
April 9, 2018
Elizabeth C. MacDonough has accepted our invitation to serve as the 2018 Commencement Speaker. Ms. MacDonough is a VLS alumna graduating with a J.D. in 1998. She will address the law school community at the Commencement ceremony on the South Royalton Green on Saturday, May 12 which starts at 10:00 a.m. Read more »
April 6, 2018
The Institute for Energy and the Environment at VLS led sixteen students and faculty members to learn about Cuban culture, and its legal system, and renewable energy law and policy. Read more »
April 2, 2018
Vermont Journal of Environmental Law (VJEL) at VLS has published the 2018 “Vermont Law Top 10 Environmental Watch List,” highlighting critical law and policy issues that could escalate in the coming year. Read more »
March 31, 2018
The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) at VLS, recently played a pivotal role in launching an online Farmers Market Legal Toolkit, a free resource to support building resilient and accessible markets throughout the U.S. Read more »
March 28, 2018
VLS’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC), achieved their latest victory in a six-year battle against polluting industry in Graniteville, Vermont last December. Read more »
March 21, 2018
U.S. News & World Report has again recognized Vermont Law School as the No. 1 environmental law school in the United States. Read more »
December 20, 2017
In honor of Professor Banks' contributions to Vermont Law School, we ask alumni, faculty, staff, and others to share tributes to their teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend. Read more »
November 16, 2017
In honor of Professor Kujovich's contributions to Vermont Law School, we ask alumni, faculty, staff, and others to share tributes to their teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend. Read more »
November 10, 2017
Chris Whidden JD’18, Army veteran and president of the Veterans Law Student Association at VLS, discusses the needs of local veterans with South Royalton Legal Clinic Staff Attorney Laurie Izutsu. Read more »
October 19, 2017
The American Bar Association has granted acquiescence in VLS' applications to establish a Professional Certificate in Restorative Justice, and a Master of Arts in Restorative Justice degree, an important step toward establishing our Center for Justice Reform. Read more »
September 7, 2017
This week the Trump administration announced plans to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). VLS stands with the Dreamers firmly and unequivocally against any policy change that would threaten the ability of these students to achieve their educational goals. Read more »
July 18, 2017
In Maine, the hotly debated issue of whether rockweed constitutes private property has significant ramifications. Read more »
June 26, 2017
The state of California continues to act as a pioneer when it comes to American climate change initiatives, in both the mitigation and adaptation spheres. Read more »
June 5, 2017
President Trump's decision to leave the Paris climate agreement was, in the words of distinguished career diplomat R. Nicholas Burns, a "colossal foreign policy mistake." Read more »
May 23, 2017
Despite legal protection, species and habitats found in California’s Marine Protected Areas remain exposed to harmful ocean, land and climate-based stressors. Read more »
May 12, 2017
In his first budget, Trump proposed to eliminate many climate change programs outright, and cut others sharply. Read more »
May 8, 2017
This summer, spanning the waters of the continental U.S., our students will be tackling the major issues facing our ocean. Read more »
April 6, 2017
As community solar projects become increasingly popular around the country, there’s a question that any potential participants should be asking: will our community actually own our solar power? Read more »
March 17, 2017
In front of the Vermont House Judiciary Committee, VLS professor Robert Sand offered his perspective on a fundamentally different approach to marijuana reform. Read more »
February 17, 2017
Thoughts on the H.55, a bill that guarantees public defense services to all needy people who were 25 or under at the time of their alleged offense. Read more »
November 18, 2016
Born in Sierra Leone, VLS alum Joseph Kaifala now returns to the country he used to call home to rebuild schools and libraries. Read more »
November 16, 2016
A former U.S. Army helicopter pilot, VLS alum Carina Roselli sees a bigger fight environmental preservation. Read more »
November 14, 2016
International wildlife policy has a friend in VLS alum Leigh Henry, who supports the prosecution and sentencing of high-profile illegal traffickers. Read more »
November 12, 2016
VLS alum Olga Kariyawasam's credentials speak for themselves as her bilingual assets are in high demand in a globalized economy. Read more »
November 10, 2016
As Chief Counsel of Environmental and International Law for the World Bank, Chuck Di Leva has a global view of climate change. Read more »
November 8, 2016
VLS alum Shazia Khan is on a mission to provide a country with 55 million people without electricity the power they need. Read more »
November 6, 2016
As Environmental Protection Specialist for the Federal Aviation Administration, VLS alum Dan Williams has become a climate changer. Read more »
November 4, 2016
Find out how Gretchen Oldham is uniting nations through her work as a professional support lawyer with Cleary Gottlieb Paris LLP.
November 2, 2016
Vermont has been a safe haven for some 6,300 refugees who have settled here since 1989, including Daniel, who caught Erin Jacobsen JD'11's attention.
September 30, 2016
On this increasingly small and fragile planet, China is the single biggest Environmental Stage. Enter Vermont Law School.
September 28, 2016
In her work and in her teaching, Stephanie Farrior has shown that the fight for social justice knows no boundaries.
September 26, 2016
Vermont Law School mourns the passing of Cheryl Hanna, who was a passionate leader in the Vermont community.
September 24, 2016
Vermont Law School mourns the passing of Geoffrey “Jeff” Benson Shields, who left an indelible mark on the law school as president and dean from 2004 to 2012.
September 22, 2016
Alan Panebaker JD/MELP '11 represented the very best of VLS and his passion for the outdoors lives on in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic.
September 20, 2016
When VLS alum Ben Leoni JD'11 is not focusing on land-use and zoning disputes, he's hitting the slopes as a professional backcountry skier.
September 18, 2016
There's no mountain eco-system high enough that VLS Alum Warnock MSEL'99 won't fight protect as the Conservation Director for Hell's Canyon Preservation Council.
September 16, 2016
VLS alum Reggie Hall JD/MSEL'02 helps make it possible for local conservation groups to purchase land by providing financial and technical assistance.
September 14, 2016
VLS alum Allison Buckley's MELP'10 role as Natural Resources Planner has given her the chance to help conserve thousands of acres of land.
September 12, 2016
From the Green Mountains to Alaskan, VLS alum Mike O'Brien JD/MSEL'02 has served the environment, and worked hard to make it safe for all.
September 10, 2016
By becoming an advocate for removing old dams, supporting and restoring rivers and improving public access for boaters, VLS alum Megan Hooker MSEL'05 has made the great outdoors her office.
September 8, 2016
When VLS Alum Stacy Tatman JD'13 is not photographing nature, she's managing regulatory and legislative issues on behalf of it.
September 6, 2016
From Vermont to Maine, VLS alum Eliza Donoghue JD'12 has made it her life's passion to protect New England forests and land.
September 4, 2016
When VLS alum Theresa Labriola MSEL '99 is not exploring the ocean and its wildlife, she's fighting to protect them.
September 2, 2016
From snowshoeing in Vermont to negotiating a land purchase Lehman Brothers, VLS Alum Kate Brown JD/MSL'16, has had a deep connection with nature.
August 31, 2016
VLS Alum Cyndy Kozara MSEL'99 turned her law degree into a career preserving land and wildlife for the Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA).
August 29, 2016
The impact that Climate Change has had on Vermont is undeniable, and VLS is preparing the next generation of policymakers and legislators to protect the environment.
August 27, 2016
Whether its politics and international affairs or trails and fishing holes Vermont is ingrained in VLS alum Molly Gray JD'14.
August 25, 2016
VLS Professor Jack Tuholske love of the outdoors has translated well to lessons in and out of the classroom, including a two summer course in Montana.
August 23, 2016
Thanks to Vermont Law, VLS alum Tom Mitchiner '15 was able to give meaning to his passion for outdoor sports.
August 21, 2016
VLS Alum Kelly Nokes '15 came to Vermont Law not only because of her passion for protecting the environment, but to satisfy her inner adrenaline junkie as well.
August 19, 2016
From Oregon to South Royalton, Professor Rebecca Purdom has balanced her expertise in law with a love for the outdoors.
August 17, 2016
An aspiring bass fishing pro, VLS Alum David Scott '15 came to South Royalton with the mission of protecting that waterways and what he loves.
August 15, 2016
VLS Alum Meghan Jeans, director of the Boston aquarium's Conservation Programs, is leading an effort to advance seafood sustainability.
August 13, 2016
VLS Alum Paige Tomaselli's '04 work for the Center for Food Safety has helped protect animals, the environment and public health, all while fighting "factory farms."
August 11, 2016
Nancy and Walter Warner '12 have been able to grow their unique jam business, thanks in large part to Walter's legal education and externships.
August 9, 2016
As a first-year law student Huyffer aspired to be a principled small-town lawyer, instead, her days now begin with 4 a.m. milking, arranging logistics for a dairy business, and caring for her children—four boys, ages six to thirteen.
August 7, 2016
While it’s become common in recent years to espouse the virtues of small, localized farming, Michael Formica isn’t one of the movement's evangelists. "I’m ‘Big Bacon,’” he says, with a laugh.
August 5, 2016
Scott Cullen '97 and GRACE Communications Foundation are cultivating relationships where philanthropy and public policy touch the overlapping spheres of food, water, and energy.
August 3, 2016
Vermont Law School's Center for Agriculture and food systems is on a mission to improve the way a nation grows and distributes its food. It's a place where students can get their hands dirty.
August 1, 2016
VLS alum, Becca Pincus MSEL'11, Chair of Arctic Studies at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and Professor-In-Residence at the Center for Arctic Study and Policy, works to support the Coast Guard's strategic objectives in the Arctic region.
July 30, 2016
VLS alum, Andy Meeks JD/MSEL'03, Development Director at The Freshwater Trust in Portland, Oregon, calls himself a "disrupter of the status quo" in the fight for clean and abundant fresh water.
July 28, 2016
VLS alum, Margaux Valenti JD'13, Staff Attorney at Riverkeeper in Buffalo, New York, helps gain access, through contractual agreements, to private and public lands to install river restoration projects.
July 26, 2016
VLS alum, Tom Leary JD/MSEL'95, Deputy Legal Counsel to the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman at the Department of Defense in Arlington, Virginia dives into the legal and policy issues related to protecting oceans and marine ecosystems.
July 24, 2016
VLS alum, Michelle Bender MELP'15, Earth Policy Fellow at Earth Law Center in Redwood City, California, dives into the legal and policy issues related to protecting oceans and marine ecosystems.
July 22, 2016
VLS alum, Peter Van Tuyn JD/MSEL'89, Managing Partner at Bessenyey & Van Tuyn, LLC in Anchorage, Alaska, dives into the legal and policy issues related to protecting oceans and marine ecosystems.
July 20, 2016
VLS alum, Sarah Mooney Reiter JD'13, Ocean Policy Analyst at Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, Calif., dives into the legal and policy issues related to protecting oceans and marine ecosystems.
July 18, 2016
VLS alum, Zachary Lees JD/MELP'12, Staff Attorney at Clean Ocean Action in Sandy Hook, N.J., dives into the legal and policy issues related to protecting oceans and marine ecosystems.
July 16, 2016
VLS alum, Stephanie Showalter Otts JD/MSEL'01, Senior Research Counsel and Director of Sea Grant Programs at the University of Mississippi School of Law in Oxford, Miss., dives into the legal and policy issues related to protecting oceans and marine ecosystems.
July 14, 2016
VLS alum, Meghan Jeans JD/MSEL'02, Director of Conservation at the New England Aquarium in Boston, Mass., dives into the legal and policy issues related to protecting oceans and marine ecosystems.
July 12, 2016
VLS alum, Jim Landis LLM'09, Counsel at Lowcountry Counsel Office U.S. Marine Corps in Beaufort, S.C., dives into the legal and policy issues related to protecting oceans and marine ecosystems.
July 10, 2016
Betsy Baker, Professor of Law at VLS, is now a go-to expert on the Arctic. Through her work with the U.S. State Department and the Arctic Council, an international governing body for the Arctic, Baker has played an important role in elevating the status and understanding of the frozen north.
July 8, 2016
Alum William Taylor JD/MSEL'83, Attorney at Pierce Atwood LLP in Portland, Maine and Partner, Environmental Practice Group, shares his Clean Water Act (CWA)-related work along with CWA trends and big issues.
July 6, 2016
Alum Anne Hedges MSEL'93, Deputy Director and Lead Lobbyist, Montana Environmental Information Center, a statewide nonprofit focused on air and water pollution issues, shares her Clean Water Act (CWA)-related work along with CWA trends and big issues.
July 4, 2016
Alum Michael Woodard JD'98, Assistant VP and Legal Counsel for Domestic Policy, National Pork Producers Council, shares his Clean Water Act (CWA)-related work along with CWA trends and big issues.
July 2, 2016
Alum Lee Woodard JD'82, Partner with Harris Beach PLLC, shares his Clean Water Act (CWA)-related work along with CWA trends and big issues.
June 30, 2016
Alum Julia Anastasio MSEL'96, Executive Director and General Counsel, Association of Clean Water Administrators in Washington, D.C., shares her Clean Water Act (CWA)-related work along with CWA trends and big issues.
June 28, 2016
Few question the need for clean waterways and safe drinking water. But the controversy and litigation involved in attaining those goals is increasing and sometimes makes the ultimate objectives harder to reach.
June 26, 2016
In the face of drought, floods, and sometimes invisible pollution, access to clean water is growing more fraught than ever. The work of VLS alumni in three regions of the country offers a glimpse of how it's all playing out.
June 24, 2016
Over spring break a group of VLS students volunteered with the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project in Texas to provide legal assistance to asylum-seeking mothers and children being held at detention centers by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
May 1, 2015
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