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Vermont Law School Offers Free 'Hot Topics' Lectures on Environmental Issues

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Throughout the summer, Vermont Law School faculty, distinguished scholars, media fellows and others will deliver one-hour "Hot Topics" lectures on a variety of current issues in environmental law and policy. Free and open to the public, the lectures will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 1-Aug. 3, in Oakes Hall, Room 012, on the VLS campus.

The 2017 Hot Topics are:

Thursday, June 1: "Moving Beyond the Presidential Turkey Pardon" with Pamela Vesilind JD'08, Vesilind Law Firm

Tuesday, June 6: "Anthropocene Environmental Law" with Jim Chen, Michigan State University

Thursday, June 8: "Human Rights and the Environment in the EU: The Evolution of a Right to Environmental Protection" with Yvonne Scannell, Arthur Cox

Wednesday, June 14: "An Ocean Life: Reflections on a Lifetime of Advocacy, Adventure, Education and Science for the Protection our Blue Planet" with Jean-Michel Cousteau, Ocean Futures Society
(with screening of film "Sonic Sea" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 13)

Thursday, June 15: "Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! The Captive Wildlife Crisis in Our Backyard" with Don Baur, Perkins-Coie, and Heather Rally, PETA Foundation

Tuesday, June 20: "Climate Change and Environmental Justice: Competing Considerations for Biogas Production" with Michelle Nowlin, Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic

Thursday, June 22: "A Model Zoning Code Advancing Energy and Environment: The Hartford Example" with Sara Bronin, University of Connecticut School of Law

Tuesday, June 27: "Solving Energy Disputes in the WTO: Is It the Right Forum? A Critical Assessment" with Anna Marhold, Tilburg Law School

Thursday, June 29: "Environmental Enforcement in the Trump Era" with Renee Schoof, Bloomberg BNA

Tuesday, July 11: "Trump and the Paris Agreement:  The Inside Story" with David Wirth, Boston College Law School

Thursday, July 13: "California's Sacramento Delta: Time for Decision" with Tony Rossmann, Rossmann and Moore, LLP

Tuesday, July 18: "Fighting Fake News: The Battle Against Climate Misinformation in the Media" with Lisa Hymas, Grist

Thursday, July 20: "Insider Environmental Law" with Jonathan Rosenbloom, Drake University Law School, and Keith Hirokawa, Albany Law School

Tuesday, July 25: "Development of Chinese Environmental Law: Progress, Problems and Prospect" with Qin Tianbao, Wuhan University School of Law

Thursday, July 27: "A Case of Whiplash: Litigating the Clean Power Plan and Other Cases During a Change in Presidential Administrations" with Mike Myers, Chief, Affirmative Litigation Section, Environmental Protection Bureau, New York State Attorney General

Tuesday, Aug. 1: "The International Rights of Nature Tribunal: Why It Matters" with Cormac Cullinan, Cullinan and Associates

Thursday, Aug. 3: "The Killing of the Middle East's Environment" with Peter Schwartzstein, Freelance Journalist

Vermont Bar Association continuing legal education (CLE) credit is available. For more information about the Hot Topics series, visit, call Courtney Collins at 802-831-1371, or email


Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, is home to the nation's largest and deepest environmental law program. VLS offers a Juris Doctor curriculum that emphasizes public service; three Master's Degrees—Master of Environmental Law and Policy, Master of Energy Regulation and Law, and Master of Food and Agriculture Law and Policy; and four post-JD degrees —LLM in American Legal Studies (for foreign-trained lawyers), LLM in Energy Law, LLM in Environmental Law, and LLM in Food and Agriculture Law. The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center, South Royalton Legal Clinic, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, Energy Clinic, Food and Agriculture Clinic, and Center for Applied Human Rights. For more information, visit, find us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.​