Environmental Law Blog

Vermont Law School blog articles featuring stories and projects about environmental law across the country and the world. From projects and challenges related to Chinese environmental Law to policy and environmental justice issues under the latest administration, learn what's going on in environmental law and policy from the VLS perspective.

 

Bears Ears at sunsetCourse of the Month: Current Issues in Western Resource Litigation

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  »

 

Plant Breeders GuideStudent and Professor Partner on Plant Breeder’s Guide

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  »

SVLS EV Charging StationsTAKING CHARGE - VERMONT LAW SCHOOL LEADS STATE IN EV CHARGING ACCESS

May 26, 2020
Explore why and how Vermont Law School leads the state in offering commercial EV charging access. Read more  »

SmokestackWITH HELP FROM ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY CLINIC, NY COMMUNITY STANDS UP TO POLLUTERS

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  »

THREE ONLINE SWAN SPOTLIGHTSThree Online Swan Spotlights

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  »

ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY CLINIC DOCKETEnvironmental Advocacy Clinic Docket

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 »

Summer at Vermont Law SchoolFOUR CAN'T MISS SUMMER CLASSES

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 »

VLS campus in summerhow to celebrate earth day every day

April 22, 2020
Vermont Law School students, faculty, and alumni share tips for incremental changes that make a difference. Read more »

DAVID BRIDGERS JD/MSL'93 VLS Environmental Law BlogALUMNI GALLERY: DAVID BRIDGERS JD/MSL'93

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 »​​​​​​

https://www.vermontlaw.edu/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2018-12/helena_feature_thumb.jpg?itok=AEXwg8FwAnswering the Call

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 »​​​​​​

China's Academy for Environmental PlanningHosting China's Academy for Environmental Planning

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 »​​​​​​

Jennifer Rushlow, Environmental Law BlogEnvironmental Law Center Welcomes New Director, Jennifer Rushlow

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 »​​​​​​

Summer Field Study Southeast AsiaSummer Field Study Course Brings Students To Southeast Asia

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 »​​​​​​

Distinguished Summer Scholars 2018Meet Our Distinguished Summer Scholars for 2018

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 »​​​​​​

2018 Top 10 Environmental Watch List VJEL2018 TOP 10 ENVIRONMENTAL WATCH LIST

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 »​​​​​​

THE CHINA PROJECT

September 30, 2016
On this increasingly small and fragile planet, China is the single biggest Environmental Stage. Enter Vermont Law School.

CALLING ALL POLICYMAKERS​ AND LEGISLATORS​

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.​

A LAWYER ON THIN ICE

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.

THIRST AND RESILIENCE FROM EAST TO WEST

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.