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Vermont Law School Presents Free 'Hot Topics' Summer Lecture Series on Environmental Issues

Tuesday, May 1, 2018


—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, May 31-Aug. 2, in Oakes Hall, Room 012, unless noted otherwise, and streamed live at Attendees are welcome to bring a packed lunch.

The 2018 Hot Topics are:

Thursday, May 31: “Higher-Moment Asset Pricing and Environmental Economics” with James Chen, Michigan State University College of Law

Tuesday, June 5: “Renegotiating NAFTA: Threat or Opportunity for Sustainability?” with Kinvin Wroth, Vermont Law School, and Hoi Kong, McGill University Faculty of Law

Thursday, June 7: “FDA and Risk-Based Enforcement: Compromised Consumer Protection or Stepped Up Scrutiny?” with Carrie Scrufari, Vermont Law School

Tuesday, June 12: “Return to The Jungle?” with Pamela Vesilind JD’08, Vesilind Law Firm

Thursday, June 14: “The Globalization of Environmental Law” with Tseming Yang, Santa Clara University Law School

Friday, June 15: “Toxics Regulation and Public Health: The Death of the Last, Best Hope for Bipartisanship in Environmental Policy?” with David Mears JD/MSEL’91, Vermont Law School (This talk will be held at the Historical Society Museum in Montpelier.)

Tuesday, June 19: “The Most Wicked Environmental Problem of Our Time: Land Development” with Blake Hudson, University of Houston Law Center

Thursday, June 21: “Environment, Inequality, and Capital” with Shi-Ling Hsu, Florida State University College of Law

Tuesday, June 26: “Inside Trump’s EPA: How Deregulation Is Making America Toxic Again” with Rebecca Leber, Mother Jones

Thursday, June 28: “Consultants, the Environment, and the Law” with Dave Owens, UC Hastings College of the Law

Tuesday, July 10: “The Safety of Imported Food” with David Wirth, Boston College Law School

Thursday, July 12: “Protecting Elephants Near and Far: Hurdles and Victories in the Struggle to Improve Elephant Lives” with Heather Rally and Delcianna Winders, PETA Foundation

Tuesday, July 17: “Replacing Science with Politics in Rare Species Protection” with Maya Kapoor, High Country News

Thursday, July 19: “Big Data and Food Oppression” with Andrea Freeman, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law

Tuesday, July 24: “Environmental Adjudication in India: The National Green Tribunal” with Gita Gill, Northumbria Law School

Thursday, July 26: “Foreign Investment and the Environment in Cuba” with Natacha Mesa Tejede, University of Havana

Tuesday, July 31: “The Environmental Impact of Hydropower Dam Projects in Southeast Asia” with Roseanne Gerin, Radio Free Asia

Thursday, Aug. 2: “Cross Border Sewage, U.S.-Mexico Sludge and Trump’s Wall: An International Analysis” with Catherine MacKenzie, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Vermont Law School

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; four master’s degrees—Master of Environmental Law and Policy, Master of Energy Regulation and Law, Master of Food and Agriculture Law and Policy, and Master of Arts in Restorative Justice; 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, Center for Applied Human Rights, and Center for Justice Reform. For more information, visit, find us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.