Scholarship & Impacts

​​​​​​Read below about some of the latest scholarships and impacts made by V​LS community members.

  • Yanmei Lin served on the panel, "Demand-Side Timber Legality Developments in Asia – Part II," at the Forest Legality Week conference by the World Resources Institute, in Washington, DC, on October 18, 2017.
     
  • Thomas McHenry provided opening remarks to the 4th Annual Energy Law and Policy Symposium, hosted by Vermont Law School in Washington, DC on October 18, 2017.
     
  • Jeannie Oliver served on the panel, "Beyond the Traditional Client/Attorney Paradigm: Modeling Professional Responsibility in an Increasingly Complex Ethical World" at the Midwest Clinical Legal Education Conference, University of Kansas School of Law in Lawrence, KS on October 14, 2017.
     
  • Laurie Beyranevand​ served on the panel, "The Overhaul of SNAP and Nutrition Programs" at the Texas A&M Law Review's Fall 2017 Symposium at Texas A&M Law School, Fort Worth, TX on October 6, 2017.
     
  • John Echeverria served on the panel, "Water and Takings," at the 20th Annual Conference on Litigation Takings Challenges to Land Use and Environmental Regulations, co-sponsored by Vermont Law School and held at the University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN on October 6, 2017.
     
  • Janet Milne co-edited the book, The Green Market Transition: Carbon Taxes, Energy Subsidies and Smart Instrument Mixes, volume XIX in the series, Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation, published by Edward Elgar, September 2017. The book contains a chapter written by Professor Milne, "Carbon Tax Choices: The Tale of Four States."
     
  • Janet Milne edited the two-volume Environmental Taxation and the Law, published by Edward Elgar, September 29, 2017.
     
  • Hillary Hoffmann was interviewed in, "Shrinking America’s National Monuments" by Living on Earth on September 29, 2017.
     
  • Janet Milne served as a panel moderator for "Plenary Session II" and also presented "Climate Change Goals: Is There a Sheriff in Town?" at the 18th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation, co-sponsored by the VLS Environmental Tax Policy Institute, University of Arizona College of Law, Tuscon, AZ on September 28-29, 2017.
     
  • John Echeverria served on the panel, "Government/Community Argument" at the 15th Kratovil Conference on Real Estate Law & Practice at the John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL, on September 28, 2017.
     
  • Hillary Hoffmann was quoted in "Legal or Not, Trump's Wall is Already Being Built," High Country News, Sept. 25, 2017.
     
  • Several VLS faculty participated in the 8th Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship at Vermont Law School, September 22 - 23, 2017​:
    • Melissa Scanlan, conference organizer
    • David Mears, moderator
    • Laurie Beyranevand, moderator
    • Oliver Goodenough, moderator
    • Jeannie Oliver, moderator
    • Kinvin Wroth, moderator
    • Patrick Parenteau, moderator
    • Joan Vogel, moderator
    • Mark James, presenter, "Attacking Energy Poverty with Energy Efficiency and Confidential Information"
    • Michael Dworkin, moderator
    • Laurie Ristino, moderator
    • Stephen Dycus, moderator
    • Reed Loder, moderator
    • Kevin Jones, moderator
    • Sean Nolon, presenter, "Eroding the “Pervasive Privatism” of Local Government"
       
  • Thomas McHenry provided opening remarks and Stephen Dycus served on two panels, "“Foundational Legal Principles: The Constitutional, Statutory, and Common Laws and Rules Concerning Press Access to Information” and “Whistleblowers, Leakers, and National Security” at the Annual Vermont Law Review Symposium at Vermont Law School, September 15, 2017.
     
  • Laurie Beyranevand​ gave the keynote speaker address, "What’s New in Food Policy," at the Food and Drug Law Institute's Food Advertising, Labeling and Litigation Conference in Washington D.C. on September 13, 2017.
     
  • Kinvin Wroth presented a lecture entitled “Electoral College Reform:  Now? Or Never?” at a Community Partnership meeting in Brookfield, VT on September 12, 2017. 
     
  • Kevin Jones presented "The Past, Present and Future of Battery Storage" at the Solar Power International and Energy Storage International in Las Vegas, September 12, 2017.
     
  • Yanmei Lin's chapter, "Rules and Practices of Citizen Suits Settlement: Lesson from the United States," will appear in the Book of Public Interest Litigation in Environmental Protection Review, edited by Li Dun, Legal Press, forthcoming 2017.
     
  • Kevin Jones was appointed by the Scott Administration as Co-Chair of the Technical Advisory Group for Governor Scott’s Climate Action Commission on July 20, 2017.
     
  • Tracy Bach began her appointment as Director of VLS’s International and Comparative Law Programs (ICLP) on July 1, 2017.
     
  • Laurie Beyranevand​'s essay, "Regulating Inherently Subjective Food Labeling Claims," appears in 47 Environmental Law Review 3, 2017.
     
  • Laurie Ristino​ co-authored (with Jamie Konopacky) the article "The Healthy Watershed Framework: A Blueprint for Restoring Nutrient-Impaired Waterbodies Through Integrated Clean Water Act and Farm Bill Conservation Planning and Implementation at the Subwatershed Level," 47 Environmental Law Review 3, 2017.
     
  • Kevin Jones' chapter, "Beyond Community Solar: Aggregating Local Distributed Resources For Resilience And Sustainability" (with Erin Bennet, Flora Wenhui Ji & Borna Kazerooni), will appear in Innovation and Disruption at the Grid’s Edge, Fereidoon P. Sioshansi ed., Academic Press, forthcoming June 2017. 
     
  • Jack Tuholske​ and Judge Sun Qian will have their article, “Explorations of and Reflections on China's System of Environmental Public Interest Litigation” published in the June edition of the Environmental Law Reporter, 47 ELR 10497.
     
  • ​​​​Laurie Ristino​ was a panelist at the Environmental Law Institute’s event Conservation Easements in a Changing Climate on May 17, 2017.
     
  • Melissa Scanlan presented her Blueprint for a Great Lakes Trail at the International Trails Symposium 2017, Dayton, OH, May 8, 2017.
     
  • Laurie Beyranevand​ was invited to speak at the Food and Drug Law Institute’s Annual Conference on May 5, 2017 on a panel entitled, “Top Ten Cases to Watch in Food and Drug Law.
     
  • Hillary Hoffmann​ is publishing Of Dinosaurs and Sagebrush:  The National Monuments of the Colorado Plateau in the Spring 2017 issue of the Grand Canyon Trust's Advocate Magazine.  The article is part of a special issue in honor of President Obama's creation of the Bears Ears National Monument and will contain articles by Terry Tempest Williams, John Echohawk, Prof. John Leshy of U.S. Hastings, and Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) related to the Antiquities Act, the National Monuments of the Colorado Plateau in general, and the Bears Ears Monument specifically.  ​
     
  • Yanmei Lin​'s abstract entitled "A Perfect Storm: How the Taizhou Case Marks the Beginning of a New Wave of Environmental Enforcement in China" (with Amy Pickering) was submitted and accepted to IUCN Academy of Environmental Law 15th Annual Colloquium (29 May - 2 June 2017).
     
  • Tracy Bach delivered the closing statement of the Research and Independent Non-Governmental Organization (RINGO) at the APA1-3 Closing Plenary at the mid-year meeting of the UNFCCC parties, in Bonn, Germany on May 18, 2017. She also moderated a panel on Empowering Civil Society And Using Legal Means To Advance Climate Justice And Ambition at the Climate Law and Governance Roundtable held on the sidelines of this meeting.
     
  • Kevin Jones' book chapter, "Distributed Renewables In The New Economy: Lessons From Community Solar Development In Vermont​" (with Mark James), will appear in Law and Policy for the New Economy: Sustainable, Just, and Democratic, Melissa K. Scanlan ed., Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2017.​​
     
  • Kevin Jones' book, The Electric Battery: Charging Forward to a Low Carbon Future (with Benjamin Jervey, Matthew Roche & Sarah Barnowski), will be published by Praeger, forthcoming April 30, 2017.
     
  • Laurie Beyranevand and ​​​​Laurie Ristino​ were panelists at the 21st Century Food Law Symposium at Lewis & Clark Law School, April 7, 2017.
     
  • Aurora Moses, Laurie Beyranevand​, Sarah Danly and Marita Canedo (Migrant Justice) will present on a panel entitled, “Milked: Migrant Dairy Labor and the American Dream” at the Harvard Law School’s Just Food? Forum on Labor Across the Food System Conference on April 1, 2017.
     
  • John Echeverria's book, Land Use Regulation: Cases and Materials​, 5th Edition with Daniel Selmi et al, published by Wolters Kluwer is forthcoming in 2017.
     
  • Hillary Hoffmann was quoted about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s views on federal public lands in a Feb. 28, 2017 article in Backpacker Magazine – “Will Ryan Zinke Save the Outdoors-Or Ruin Them?”
     
  • Yanmei Lin published "Where the Compensation Fund Comes from in the Environmental Public Interest Litigation? How to manage the fund?" (With Ma Rongzhen & Ge Feng), China Environment, Issue 2, 2017, February 20, 2017.
     
  • John Echeverria's article, "The Fate of Environmental Law in a Trump-Era Supreme Court​," appears as a guest blog in Scientific American, February 8, 2017.
     
  • Patrick Parenteau's commentary, "Gorsuch Likely to be Skeptical of Environmental Rules, but that Could Bite Trump, Too​​," appears in Grist, February 3, 2017.
     
  • Tracy Bach's article, "Minding the Gap: Teaching International Climate Change Law Through Service Learning," appears in the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, volume 18, February 2017.
     
  • David Mears​ presented at a "Learning Session," co-hosted by Vermont Law School and the Lake Champlain Basin Program, at the State House in Montpelier, VT, February 2, 2017.  This event provided Vermont state-elected and appointed leaders with a briefing by experts in the areas of science, engineering, policy and law for a learning session related to the clean water issues facing the State of Vermont, with a focus on nutrient pollution and the Lake Champlain restoration efforts.
     
  • Patrick Parenteau's commentary, "Trump Greenlights Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines, but the Battle is Far From Over," appears on the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL) blog on January 26, 2017.
     
  • Hillary Hoffmann's op-ed (with Michael Blumm) "Obama's National Monument Designations Were Lawful, Not Land Grabs" appeared in the Los Angeles Times on January 23, 2017.
     
  • Tracy Bach presented at "The World After Paris," at a colloquium organized by McGill's Journal of Sustainability Law on January 19, 2017.
     
  • Craig Pease's article "Environmental Protection Grinds to Halt With Neonicotinoid Pesticides" appears in the Science and the Law column, Environmental Law Forum, January - February 2017.
     
  • Melissa Scanlan's opinion article, "Does The US Constitution Ensure A Future Livable Planet?" appears on Law360, January 10, 2017.
     
  • Janet Milne's​ article, "Energy Tax Incentives in the United States: A Comparative Perspective on State Aid​," appeared in a special edition of European State Aid Law Quarterly, January 7, 2017.
     
  • Janet Milne has submitted a chapter entitled "Energy Tax Incentives, the US Commerce Clause and EU State Aid: Common Ground, Different Contours" for publication in M. Villar Ezcurra, ed., State Aids, Taxation and the Energy Sector (Thomson-Reuters Aranzadi), forthcoming 2017.