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Scholarship & Impacts

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Publications, presentations, and other scholarly works from our faculty members in 2020 include: 


Laurie Beyranevand

Publications

The Urgent Call for a National Food Strategy: An Update to the Blueprint (with Emily Broad Leib, Harvard Law School) (October 2020).

Presentations

Invited Workshop Participant, “Exploring the Costs and Benefits of Seafood Alternatives: Can Plant and Cell-Based Seafood Improve Human and Planetary Health?” New York Aquarium, Brooklyn, NY, March 2, 2020.

“Law and Policy Approaches to Improve the Food System,” Association for the Study of Food and Society Conference (virtual), July 24, 2020.

“Blueprint for a Smarter Era of Food Safety: Grower Perspectives and Concerns,” Invited Panel Speaker, Reviewing FDA’s Recently Released Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint, Food and Drug Law Institute Webinar, August 5, 2020.

“Using Law and Policy to Effect Change in the Food System,” ThinkFOOD 2020 Virtual Conference: Eating to Save the Planet, Bard College at Simon’s Rock (October 4, 2020).

“Building Food Security and Sovereignty Through Local Zoning Codes” (with Jonathan Rosenbloom), Food Law Lunch Break series, Vermont Law School (October 15, 2020).

Panel Moderator, “This Teachable Moment: How COVID-19 Provides Lessons from FDA’s Past and Present That Will Benefit Its Future Preparedness," Georgetown Law School’s Food and Drug Law Journal Annual Symposium (November 12, 2020).

Guest, "Blueprint for a National Food Strategy," The Leading Voices in Food podcast, Duke World Food Policy Center (November 2020).

Awards and Accomplishments 

In 2020, Professor Beyranevand became the new incoming Chair of the Food and Agricultural Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). She was also elected to serve a second term on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Food and Drug Law Journal.


Genevieve Byrne

Presentations 

Panelist, "Home Rule and the Environment: Exploring how municipalities address environmental policy gaps including farmland solar policy and pipeline routing," West Virginia University Law Review’s Home Rule Symposium, February 26-27, 2020.

"Sustainable Development of Biogas," American Agricultural Law Association Annual Agricultural Law Educational Symposium (November 14, 2020)

"The Farm and Energy Initiative: A New Law and Policy Resource," Food Law Lunch Break Series, Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, Vermont Law School (October 2020)


Stephen Dycus

Publications

Counterterrorism Law, 4th ed. (with William C. Banks, Peter Raven-Hansen & Stephen I. Vladeck). New York: Aspen Publishers (2020).

National Security Law, 7th ed. (with William C. Banks, Peter Raven-Hansen & Stephen I. Vladeck). New York: Aspen Publishers (2020).

COVID-19: The Legal Challenges (Stephen Dycus & Eugene R. Fidell, eds.) Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press (2021).


John Echeverria

Publications 

Knick v. Township of Scott: A procedural boost for takings claimants,” in Trends, ABA Groups Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (January/February 2020).

Presentations

“The Takings Clause and Sovereign Immunity,” 11th Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship, Vermont Law School, (September 26, 2020).


Marianne Engelman Lado

Publications

"To Enforce EJ, Enforce Civil Rights,"  The Environmental Forum, Environmental Law Institute (November/December 2020).

Presentations

"State Climate Justice Laws and Policies," G3C's Equity and Environmental Justice in Climate Solutions Webinar Series (November 12, 2020).

"Marginalized by Meat," a joint event by the Yale Environmental Law Association, the Columbia Environmental Law Society and others  (November 11, 2020).

"Teaching & Learning Discussion with Marianne Engelman-Lado and Laura Bozzi: Supporting Students to Work Together Collaboratively," Yale Poorvu Center on Teaching and Learning (November 11, 2020.)

Panelist, "Environmental Justice and the Latino Community: Why it Matters to Us," Connecticut General Assembly on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity, and and Opportunity (October 9, 2020).

"New VLS Environmental Justice Clinic," From Pennsylvania Ave. to State Street: Vermont's Evolving Environmental Practice in the 21st Century, Vermont Bar Association (October 8, 2020).

"Environmental Justice: Legal and Policy Implications," Environmental Defense Fund Science Day (September 30, 2020).

Moderator, "An Adaptation and Mitigation Framework for Climate-Vulnerable Populations in Connecticut," G3C's Equity and Environmental Justice in Climate Solutions Webinar Series (September 24, 2020).

Panelist, "Climate Justice: The Moral & Legal Imperative of the Climate Crisis," Loyola University New Orleans College of Law (March 2020).

Panelist, "Healing Hate: A Public Health Perspective on Civil rights in America," University of Virginia Schools of Law, Medicine, and Nursing (January 30, 2020).


Hillary Hoffmann

Publications 

A Third Way: Decolonizing the Laws of Indigenous Cultural Protection (co-authored with Monte Mills, Assoc. Professor and Director, Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic, Alexander J. Blewett III School of Law, University of Montana), Cambridge Univ. Press (2020).

Presentations 

"The Environment-Cultural Disconnect:  Protecting Indigenous Cultures in an Exclusionary Context," Fall 2020 Robert H. McKinney Family Environmental Law Lecture, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, IN (Oct. 29, 2020) (with Prof. Monte Mills).

"Ending Erasure: Indigenous People and the Decolonization of our Legal System" (with Monte Mills), Embedded Racism in the Law Panel Series, Vermont Law School (July 2020).

Awards & Accomplishments

Richard Brooks Award for Outstanding Scholarship (2020)

Finalist, 2020 Land Use and Environment Law Review Annual Scholarship Competition


Kevin Jones

Panel Moderator, 11th Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship, Vermont Law School, (September 26, 2020).

Moderator, "Climate Goals," Vermont Journal of Environmental Law Annual Symposium, Vermont Law School (October 16, 2020).


Sophia Kruszewski

Publications 

Farm and Food Law: A Guide for Attorneys in the Legal Food Hub, Vermont Edition (with Whitney Shields), Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (March 2020).

COVID-19 Employment Law FAQ for Vermont Farmers and Farm Workers, Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (April 2020).

Presentations 

"Legal Resources for Food Hubs," National Good Food Network conference, New Orleans (March, 2020).

Panel host, "The Bankruptcy Code's Best-Kept Secret: How Chapter 12 Can Protect and Transform the Farm," Vermont Law School webinar (November 6, 2020).

“FSMA on Small and Mid-sized Farms: Compliance, Enforcement, and Beyond” (with Kelly Nuckolls and Brian Fink), American Agricultural Law Association Annual Agricultural Law Educational Symposium (forthcoming November 12, 2020).


Mark Latham

Presentations 

Police Officers and Qualified Immunity,” Embedded Racism in the Law Panel Series, Vermont Law School (July 2020).

Panel Moderator, 11th Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship, Vermont Law School (September 26, 2020).

Moderator, "Clean-Energy Justice," Vermont Journal of Environmental Law Annual Symposium, Vermont Law School (October 16, 2020).


Yanmei Lin

Publications 

"Waterkeepers' Environmental Public Interest Litigation Actions to Restore Watershed Health," Journal of Chinese Prosecutors (2020).

"Overview of Ecology Law Scholarship in the United States," Ecology Law Review, Chinese Academy of Social Science, Law Press (2020).

"A Perfect Storm: How China's Taizhou Case Marks the Beginning of a New Wave of Environmental Enforcement" (with Amy Pickering), Impact of Environmental Law, Edward Elgar (EE) Publications (2020).

Presentations

“Forging Partnerships and Fostering Wisdom: Dynamics of Environmental NGO Networks in Advocating Sustainable Municipal Solid Waste Management in China,” 11th Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship, Vermont Law School, (September 26, 2020).


Janet Milne

Publications 

Renewable Electricity and Tax Expenditures: Lessons from Two Countries (with Marta Villar), 48 INTERTAX 369 (2020).

"Environmental Taxes" in Policy Instruments in Environmental Law 170-182, Vol. VIII of Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law (Kenneth R. Richards & Josephine van Zeben eds., 2020). 

"How Durable is a Lockbox for Carbon Tax Revenue?", 17 Pittsburgh Tax Rev. 105 (2019; published 2020).

Co-editor, Economic Instruments for a Low-Carbon Future, Volume XXI of Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation (August 2020).

Presentations 

"The Future of Environmental Law: Ambition and Reality," Keynote speech at the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law's 2020 Colloquium, Groningen, Netherlands, July 2020.

Chair (with Mikael Skou Anderson, Aarhus University, Denmark, and Hope Ashiabor, Macquarie University, Australia, also Chairs), 21st Annual Global Conference on Environmental Taxation (September 24-25, 2020).

Awards and Accomplishments 

Prof. Janet Milne was invited to join the Scientific Committee of Crónica Tributaria, a journal published by the Spanish government’s Institute for Fiscal Studies. The journal focuses on tax and finance law. Janet was selected for her knowledge of environmental taxation.


Mason Overstreet

Presentations 

“Existing Legal and Regulatory Frameworks in Vermont Related to Surface Water Diversions and Transfers, Vermont’s Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy (September 16, 2020).

“Chemical Pesticides and Five Threatened and Endangered Bat Species: The ‘Take’ Threshold Under Vermont’s Endangered Species Act, Vermont Endangered Species Committee (September 17, 2020).


Tade Oyewunmi

Publications

Decarbonisation and the Energy Industry: Law, Policy and Regulation in Low-Carbon Energy MarketsTade Oyewunmi, Penelope Crossley, Frédéric Sourgens, and Kim Talus (eds.), Hart Publishing, Oxford, UK (November 2020).

"Decarbonising Gas and Electricity Systems: an outlook on Power-to-Gas and other Innovative Solutions", in Decarbonisation and the Energy Industry: Law, Policy and Regulation in Low-Carbon Energy Markets, Tade Oyewunmi, Penelope Crossley, Frédéric Sourgens, and Kim Talus (eds), Hart Publishing, Oxford, UK (2020).

"The US Gas Supply Boom under Carbon-Constraints: Examining the Role of Regulatory Institutions," in Decarbonisation and the Energy Industry: Law, Policy and Regulation in Low-Carbon Energy Markets, Tade Oyewunmi, Penelope Crossley, Frédéric Sourgens, and Kim Talus (eds), Hart Publishing, Oxford, UK (2020).

"Gas Commercialisation Projects in West Africa: Pipelines, LNG and Gas-to-Power" in Handbook on Energy LawPenelope Crossley and Tina Hunter (eds), Routledge (2020).

Presentations

"Decarbonization Options for Gas and Electricity Systems," 1st Annual Global Energy Transition Law and Policy Conference, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX (April 2020)


Patrick Parenteau

Publications 

"Return to Maui and Upstate Forever," ACOEL Blog (June 2020).

"Environmental Justice is Racial Justice," Vermont Law School Blog (June 2020).

"The Trump Court and the Erosion of Environmental Law," The Hill (November 2020).

Presentations 

"Water Policy in a Climate Altered World", 12th Annual Law & Society Symposium, co-sponsored by the Charleston Law Review and the Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Politics and Public Leadership at Furman University, Charleston, South Carolina (February 7, 2020).

"Regulation of Forever Chemicals," Plymouth State University (March 2020).

"Judicial Remedies to Address the Climate Crisis," George Washington University (March 2020).

"Tort Liability for Climate Damages," Tulane Energy Law Conference, (March 2020).

"Recent Developments in US Climate Law," University College, Cork, Ireland (April 2020).

"Clean Water Act Update: The Maui Decision; WOTUS Wars Part Two; the World’s Worst Copper Mine; and More," 2020 Hot Topics in Environmental Law Lecture Series, Vermont Law School, June 2020.

"Using the Courts to Save the Planet," Keynote Address, International Virtual Seminar on Climate Litigation as a Governance Tool, Duke-Kunshan University (November 2020).

"Global Climate Litigation: Successes and Setbacks," International Virtual Seminar, University of Milan, Italy (October 30, 2020).

"Whiplash: Environmental Policy from Trump to Biden," US District Court for Puerto Rico CLE for Judges and Practitioners (December 2020).


Sarah Reiter

Presentations

"The Future of the Public Trust: The Muddied Waters of Rockweed Management in Maine,” Ocean and Coastal Law Journal Symposium on Innovations and Aquaculture and Law, Bath, Maine (March 27, 2020).

“An Ocean-Climate Strategy to Achieve Ocean-Climate Health,” 11th Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship, Vermont Law School, (September 26, 2020).

Moderator, "Nature-Based Solutions," Vermont Journal of Environmental Law Annual Symposium, Vermont Law School (October 16, 2020).

"International Ocean Governance - Applications at the Science-Policy Interface," MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management program, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford (October 28, 2020).

"Assessing Ambition and Conditionality in Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement," MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management program, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford (November 11, 2020).

"The New High Seas Treaty," Environmental Studies Program, Dartmouth College, November 17, 2020.


Jonathan Rosenbloom

Publications 

Remarkable Cities and the Fight against Climate Change: 43 Recommendations to Address Climate Change and the Communities That Adopted Them (ELI Press) (2020).

"Reducing Racial Bias Embedded in Land Use Codes," 3 CityLaw 50 (2020).

Presentations 

American Association of Law Schools, Outsourcing Emissions: Why Local Governments Can and Should Regulate Consumption-Based Greenhouse Gases, January 4, 2020.

Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, Western Places/Western Spaces: Creating Inclusive Communities, Green Infrastructure and Development Codes, March 7, 2020.

Rhode Island School of Design, RISD Lawyers Industry ConversationJune 11, 2020.

Interview with Environmental Law Institute’s People Places Planet Podcast discussing Remarkable Cities and the Fight Against Climate Change, June 17, 2020.

Vermont Law School: Hot Topics, The Sustainable Development Code: Helping Local Governments Build Resilience and Adapt to UncertaintyJune 11, 2020.

AALS Webinar Series, Adaptive Zoning: Climate, COVID, and Racial Justice, Aug. 11, 2020.

Fireside Chats, Environmental Law Society, November 16, 2020.

Sustainable Developers Roundtable, The Forbes Funds, Nov. 18, 2020.

Remarkable Cities and the Fight Against Climate Change, Environmental Law Institute, Dec. 10, 2020.

Podcast with ZoneCo a plan and zoning podcast, Sustainable Land Use Codes, Dec. 15, 2020.


Ken Rumelt

Presentations 

“PFAS Update” (with Emily Joselson), From Pennsylvania Ave. to State Street: Vermont’s Evolving Environmental Practice in the 21st Century, Vermont Bar Association (October 8, 2020).


Jennifer Rushlow

Publications 

Behind the Curtain: Insiders’ View of Developing and Enforcing State Climate Change Laws,” (with Sue Reid), The Environmental Law Reporter (June 2020).

Presentations

Podcast guest, "Essential Yet Unprotected: Farmworkers in America," Hothouse Earth Podcast (June 2020).

Panel Moderator, 11th Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship, Vermont Law School, (September 26, 2020).


Emily Spiegel

Publications 

A Breed Apart: The Plant Breeder's Guide to Preventing Patents Through Defensive Publication, Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (January 2020).

Presentations 

Invited Speaker, Food Law Student Leadership Summit, University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, AR (February 28, 2020).

“Legal Dimensions of Bringing Back Biodiversity,” Cornell University Plant Breeding Symposium (April 2020).

“Food Systems Resilience: Concepts and Policy Approaches” (with Lihlani Nelson), United States Agricultural Information Network Conference (July 20-24, 2020).

Moderator, “Rooting Out Structural Racism in U.S. Agriculture,” Embedded Racism in the Law Panel Series, Vermont Law School (September 2, 2020).


Rachel Stevens

Presentations 

“Transportation Equity and Environmental Justice in Vermont,” Vermont Transportation Efficiency Network (Sept. 10, 2020).

Presenter, “Transportation Equity,” 24 Hours of Reality: Countdown to the Future, The Climate Reality Project (Oct. 10, 2020).


L. Kinvin Wroth

Presentations 

“After NAFTA: The U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement and Sustainability,” 11th Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship, Vermont Law School, (September 26, 2020).

Awards and Accomplishments

Professor Emeritus Wroth was elected an Honorary Director of the Maine Justice Foundation (formerly the Maine Bar Foundation).