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

Tuesday, May 26, 2020


On select Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout Vermont Law School’s Summer Session, faculty and invited experts will deliver lunchtime “Hot Topics” lectures on pressing environmental law and policy issues.

Free and open to the public, all lectures will be streamed from noon to 1 p.m. at Vermont Bar Association Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit is available.

The 2020 Hot Topics are:

  • Thursday, May 28: “Status of Renewable Energy Generation in Vermont and the Changing Power Grid” with Chris Root, Vermont Electric Power Company
  • Tuesday, June 4: “Clean Water Act Update: The Maui Decision; WOTUS Wars Part Two; World's Worst Copper Mine; and More” with Patrick Parenteau, Vermont Law School
  • Thursday, June 11: “The Sustainable Development Code: Helping Local Governments Build Resilience and Adapt to Uncertainty” with Jonathan Rosenbloom, Vermont Law School
  • Tuesday, June 16: “Mine: How the Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives” with Jim Salzman, UCLA School of Law and University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Thursday, June 18: “Sick in the Slaughterhouse: Protecting Meat Industry Workers During the Pandemic and Beyond” with David Muraskin, Public Justice
  • Thursday, June 25: “Ecological Law: A Transformational Approach for Legal Systems” with Goeffrey Garver, McGill University
  • Tuesday, July 7: “USMCA (NAFTA 2.0): Implications for Sustainability” with David Wirth, Boston College Law School
  • Tuesday, July 14: “Debating the Merits of Alternative Transportation Fuels” with Brian Potts and Andrew Hanson, Perkins Coie LLP
  • Tuesday, July 21: “Protecting Pigs in an Era of De-regulation” with Heather Rally, PETA Foundation; and Delcianna Winders, Lewis & Clark Law School
  • Thursday, July 23: “Healthy Food Access Policies and Prioritizing Equity Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis” with Kristen Cooksey-Stowers, UCONN Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity; and Amanda Karls, Public Health Law Center
  • Tuesday, July 28: “Greening China’s ‘Belt and Road’ Through New Measures to Promote Transnational Environmental Accountability” with Robert Percival, University of Maryland Carey School of Law 

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