Scholarship and Impacts 2015

  • Patrick Parenteau​'s blog piece, "Sackett Redux?" on Corps of Engineers v Hawkes Constr., a case involving the Clean Water Act the Supreme Court will hear this term, appears in the American College of Environmental Lawyers, on December 17, 2015.

  • Janet Milne participated via Skype in an international workshop on "The Role of the Polluter Pays Principle and Other Legal Principles in Energy Taxes" on December 16, 2015.  The workshop is part of a two-year project funded by the European Commission and organized by the Instituto University de Estuidios Europeos in Madrid, Spain.  Professor Milne is the US participant in the project.

  • Betsy Baker was a panelist at a workshop on “U.S.-Canada Shared Interests and Opportunities in the North American Arctic,” hosted by the Arctic Domain Awareness Center at the University of Alaska-Anchorage.  The panel moderator was Becca Pincus, VLS MELP ’10, who is now the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Maritime Policy at the US Coast Guard Academy, Center for Arctic Studies and Policy, New London, CT. The workshop took place on December 15, 2015.

  • A book review of "Global Energy Justice: Problems, Principles, and Practices" by Benjamin Sovacool and Michael Dworkin​ appears in Issues in Science and Technology, Winter 2016.

  • Hillary Hoffmannn's article, "Hage v. United States Lives on, 24 Years Later​," appears in the Environmental Law Prof Blog​ on December 10, 2015.

  • John Echeverria and Janet Milne provided commentary on "Protecting Vermont's Perpetual Conservation Easements," VTDigger.com​, on December 6, 2016.​

  • Michael Dworkin​ presented "Resources for the Future:  Leadership Tasks, Gathering the Information Needed for Decision-making on Climate & Energy Policy" in Washington, D.C. on November 18, 2015​.​

  • Patrick Parenteau​ gave a keynote address "Climate Change in the Caribbean" at ​Climate Change in the Caribbean 2015: Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, in San Juan, Puerto Rico on November 18, 2015.

  • Laurie Beyranevand's ​ article "Using Urban Agriculture to Grow Southern New England" was listed on SSRN's Top 10 download list on November 11, 2015 for:
    • AARN: Agriculture (Topic)
    • Agricultural Law & Policy eJournal
    • Anthropology of Agriculture & Nutrition eJournal
    • Food Politics & Sociology eJournal
    • Housing & Community Development Law eJournal
    • SRPN: Food Production (Topic)
    • SRPN: Politics of Food (Topic) ​
    • SRPN: Sustainable Design (Topic)

  • ​John Echeverria's article, "The Costs of Koontz," is one of the scholarly works highlighted in the Keeping Current-Property section in the November/December 2015 issue of Probate & Property, the bi-monthly magazine of the Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association.

  • ​John Echeverria's article (co-authored with Michael Blumm), "​Horne v. Department of Agriculture: Expanding Per Se Takings While Endorsing State Sovereign Ownership of Wildlife​," is forthcoming in the Maryland Law Review.

  • Craig Pease's article, "​Bad Actors in a Chemical Society​" appears in the Science and the Law column, Environmental Law Forum, November-December 2015.​​​​

  • Hillary Hoffmann​ authored a brief on behalf of several amici curiaeNatural Resources and Property Law Professors in an R.S. 2477 appeal pending before the Utah Supreme Court, October 9, 2015.

  • Laurie Ristino​ gave a seminar at Harvard's Food Law Student Leadership Summit entitled "No Food Without Nature," on October 3, 2015.

  • Betsy Baker co-authored (with Brooks Yeager), "Coordinated Ocean Stewardship in the Arctic:  Needs, Challenges and Possible Models for an Arctic Ocean Coordinating Agreement," 4 Transnational Environmental Law, on October 1, 2015.

  • Craig Pease's article, "The Supremes Play 'To Tell the Truth'​​" appears in the Science and the Law column, Environmental Law Forum, September-October 2015.​​​​

  • Jack Tuholske and Yanmei Lin​ co-authored "Field Notes From the Far East: China’s New Public Interest Environmental Protection Law in Action​," in The Environmental Law Reporter, September 2015.

  • ​​​Patrick Parenteau​​'s two part commentary, "The Clean Power Plan Will Survive: Part 1" and "Part 2​" was published by Law350 on September 28-29, 2015.​

  • Betsy Baker was appointed to the Science Steering Committee of the Study of Environmental Change in the Arctic (SEARCH), a collaboration between research institutions, eight U.S. federal agencies, and domestic and international stakeholders., in September.

  • Laurie Ristino presented, "Food, Agriculture, and Drought: Implications of Water Supply Scarcity on Food Production and Policy Solutions at the Federal, State, and Local Levels" at the Drought in the American West Symposium at the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene, OR on September 25, 2015.

  • Laurie Beyranevand​ presented at the Southern New England American Planning Association's Annual Conference on a panel addressing urban agriculture​, in Hartford, CT on September 24-25, 2015. The accompanying article, "Using Urban Agriculture to Grow Southern New England​," which she co-authored with Sorell Negro, Ellen Cynar, Sara Bronin, and Marie Mercurio, was published in a special edition of the Connecticut Planning magazine.

  • Betsy Baker​ organized and moderated the 8th Polar Law Symposium​, co-sponsored by VLS, in Fairbanks and Anchorage, on September 23-26, 2015.

  • Janet Milne chaired a plenary session and presented a paper that proposes a "dark cloud tax" on greenhouse gas emissions associated with the digital revolution, "Mining the Air and Minding the Consequences: A Dark Cloud Tax," at the 16th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation​, co-sponsored by the VLS Environmental Tax Policy Institute, which took place in Sydney, Australia, September 23-26, 2015.

  • Kevin Jones​ presented on ​"Renewable Energy Credits / Vermont's Energy Policy" at the Strafford Selectboard Informational Meeting, Strafford, VT, September 15, 2015.

  • Michael Dworkin​ presented "Wholesale Electricity Markets: 'Just and Reasonable' Markets for Supply and Demand Across Multiple Jurisdictions" at the UK Energy Law and Policy Association, Oxford, UK, September 10-11, 2015.​

  • Kevin Jones's article, co-authored with Samantha Ruiz (MELP '13) and Katie Thomas (JD/MELP '13), "Promoting Clean Reliable Energy Through Smart Technologies and Polices: Lessons from Three Distributed Energy Case Studies," appears in the San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law, Volume 6, June/July 2015.

  • Tracy Bach's​ article, "Turning the Corner in Lima: The Language of Differentiation and the 'Democratization' of Climate Change Negotiations," will appear in Ethics, Policy, Environment​ Special Issue, Fall 2015.

  • Tracy Bach​ was appointed as a Senior Fellow of the Center for Energy and Sustainability Law (CESL) at Qatar University College of Law in 2015.  In that capacity, she chairs the Sustainability, Water Security, and Climate Change Research Support Group.​

  • Tracy Bach​ was appointed as a​ Fellow of the VLS U.S.-Asia Partnership for Environmental Law (PEL) in 2015, in light of her international climate change negotiations service learning work with Myanmar.​

  • Hillary Hoffmann's​ article, "​Impacts of the BLM Fracking Rule in Indian Country," will appear in Environmental Law Reporter, October 2015.

  • Laurie Ristino's​ article "Food Security: Concept, Challenges, and the Role of Attorneys" was listed on SSRN's Top 10 download list on August 13, 2015 for:
    • Food Politics & Sociology eJournal
    • International Institutions: Transnational Networks eJournal
    • PSN: Human Rights Networks (Topic)
    • PSN: Sustainable Development (Topic)
    • SRPN: Globalization (Food) (Topic)

  • Craig Pease's article, "Drought, Flooding, and Fossil Fuels​​" appears in the Science and the Law column, Environmental Law Forum, July-August 2015.​​​​

  • ​​Laurie Ristino's​ article "Food Security: Concept, Challenges, and the Role of Attorneys" was published in the Environmental Law Reporter ​on July 21, 2015. Her piece addresses the role of legal practitioners in mitigating the impacts of the growing population on climate change and food security.

  • Tracy Bach​ presented "On the Road to the Paris Agreement: COP21 and Its Impact on Climate Change," at the Hot Topics in Environmental Law Summer Lecture Series, Vermont Law School, July 7, 2015.

  • Hillary Hoffmann​ was an invited panelist for "Environment Versus Development" at the University of Vermont's Workshop, Reframing the Arctic: Cooperation, Not Conflict​, July 6-7, 2015.

  • Hillary Hoffmann​ was a signatory on the Brief of Amici Scholars of Statutory Interpretation and Native American Law in Support of Petitioners, in Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma, et al. v. Borough of Jim Thorpe, et al., Supreme Court of the United States, July 2, 2015.

  • ​John Echeverria​ posted "​​Horne: Supreme Court Says Seizures of Personal Property Are Subject to a Per Se Rule​," on his blog site, A Blog About Takings Law, June 23, 2015.

  • ​​Patrick Parenteau​​ provided the commentary ​"Dirty Money vs. Clean Power: How the Fossil Fuel Industry Hopes to Kill EPA’s Climate Rule," in Desmog Blog, June 22, 2015.

  • Michael Dworkin and Benjamin Sovacool's book, "Global Energy Justice: Problems, Principles, and Practices," received book reviews from Donna Attansio (April 27, 2015) and Richard Cowell (June 18, 2015).

  • ​John Echeverria's article "The Costs of Koontz​" was listed on SSRN's Top 10 download list on June 13, 2015 for:
    • LSN: Property (Topic).

  • ​​Patrick Parenteau​​ testified before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on "Examining the Federal Regulatory System to Improve Accountability, Transparency and Integrity," in Washington, DC on June 10, 2015.​​

  • Tracy Bach served as visiting professor at the Qatar University College of Law from February - June 2015.

  • Craig Pease's article, "Melting Ice and Civilization​" appears in the Science and the Law column, Environmental Law Forum, May-June 2015.​​​

  • Hillary Hoffmann​ served as a panelist on "​Grazing and Climate Change: Lessons for Public Land Management," at the 17th Institute for Natural Resources Law Teachers, Salt Lake City, UT on May 29, 2015.

  • Hillary Hoffmann​ served as an invited panelist on "Fracking Waste Disposal in Indian Country" at the Environmental Law Institute seminar Merits and Ramifications of the BLM Fracking Rule, Washington, DC on May 28, 2015.

  • Kinvin Wroth hosted twelve PhD students in the Economics for the Anthropocene Program in which VLS is a partner, on May 28, 2015. The students participated in a class on Lake Champlain issues presented by Patrick Parenteau and other Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic​ faculty including Doug Ruley, Laura Murphy, and students.

  • Janet Milne's book, Energy Tax Incentives: The United States Perspectives, is scheduled to be published by the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (Amsterdam), forthcoming in 2015.

  • Janet Milne's article, "Storms Ahead: Climate Change Adaption Calls for Resilient Funding," appears in Volume 39, Book 4 of Vermont Law Review​, Summer 2015.

  • John Echeverria's​ article, "The Cost of Koontz," appears in Volume 39, Book 3 of Vermont Law Review​, Spring 2015.

  • Patrick Parenteau​ testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife on S. 1140, a bill to amend the Clean Water Act, in Washington, DC on May 19, 2015.

  • Rebecca Purdom presented in the Center for Law and Biosciences Lunch Talk Series, where she discussed her experiences as a lawyer in a basic science lab, at Stanford Law School on May 19, 2015.

  • Janet Milne's article, "Taxations Troubling Toxicity," (co-authored with Jack Miller '13), appears in the Onati Socio-Legal Series, No. 1, 162-205 (2015). The article made SSRN's Top Ten list in two categories on May 3, 2015.

  • Kevin Jones, Dan Nugent, JD/MELP '15, Sylvia Bartel, JD’15, Jonathan Hart, MERL '14, and Achyut Sherestha, MERL’14 recently published the article "The Urban Microgrid:  Smart Legal and Regulatory Policies to Support Electric Grid Resiliency and Climate Mitigation" in the Fall 2014 Symposium "Proceedings on Smart Law for Smart Cities:  Regulation and the Transformation of Urban Technology," Fordham Urban Law Journal.

  • Melissa Scanlan​'s chapter, "Sustainable Sewage," in​ IUCNAEL Colloquium 2014, Edward Elgar Publishing, is forthcoming 2015.​

  • ​Tracy Bach was the U.S. Embassy in Qatar's 2015 Earth Day speaker.  In a program presented at the Embassy's "American Corner" located in Qatar University's main library, Professor Bach spoke on the topic of "What Earth Day Means to Qatar?​​"  In ​addition to her presentation, she served as a judge for an essay competition which received more than two dozen entries about Earth Day in Qatar.  Profe​ssor Bach is a visiting professor at Qatar University College of Law this semester and a research fellow at QU's Center for Energy and Sustainability Law.​

  • Patrick Parenteau​ participated in the podcast, "The Environmental Protection Agency's Waters of the United States Rule​," presented by The Federalist Society, on April 22, 2015.

  • Janet Milne testified (by invitation) before the Vermont House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy, discussing "Carbon Taxes: International Experiences" on April 22, 2015. Two carbon tax bills are currently pending in the Vermont legislature.

  • Patrick Parenteau​ presented "The Clean Power Plan: Leagal and Moral Imperative for Action," at the 40th Annual Conference of the National Association of Environmental Professionals, Honolulu, Hawaii, on April 14, 2015.

  • Jack Tuholske and VLS's Water and Justice Program are cited by U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur in a video​ forum on algae blooms in Lake Eerie, in April 2015.

  • Melissa Scanlan presented her paper "Blueprint for the Great Lakes Trail"​ on April 2nd, 2015 at the University of Michigan Law School.​

  • David Firestone presented "Fine Tuning with Professor Firestone," at a NYC area Vermont Law School Alumni event, hosted by VLS Trustee Bob Taisey, on April 23, 2015. Professor Firestone explored how to expand our environmental thinking to better account for people's economic needs.​​​

  • Kevin Jones​ presented "Group Net Metering (GNM) and Community Solar" at the Community Solar Forum, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, VT on April 8, 2015.

  • Craig Pease's article, "​Coal Mining: A Fly in the Ash" appears in the Science and the Law column, Environmental Law Forum, March-April 2015.​

  • Tracy Bach's​ article, "Climate Change: A Quiet Public Health Crisis" appears in the West African Research Association (WARA) Newsletter​, Spring 2015.

  • Tracy Bach was a guest lecturer of "Climate Change and Human Rights," at Qatar University College of Law in April 2015.​​

  • Patrick Parenteau's article, "Between a Pebble and a Hard Place: Using §404(c) to Protect a National Treasure," appeared in the National Wetlands Newsletter​, Vol. 37, No. 2, March/April 2015.

  • Kevin Jones and Mindy Blank, consultant with the Sustainable Energy Policy Division at the International Energy Agency in Paris, France (MELP’13) recently published the article, “Electric Vehicle Charging:  Tariffs and Tradeoffs" in the March 2015 issue of Public Utilities Fortnightly.

  • Reed Loder​ gave a presentation to the Lewis and Clark LLM program: “The Ethics of Wolf Reintroduction: Toward Reconciling Environmental and Animal Law” on March 9, 2015.​

  • Patrick Parenteau's article (co-authored with Rachel Stevens, JD '13, LLM '15), "Settlement in Vermont Clean Water Case May Serve as Model for Managing New Discharges to Impaired Waters​," appears in the Environmental Law Prof Blog​ on March 8, 2015.

  • Betsy Baker was an invited panelist for a high-level Japan-U.S. Arctic Strategy Workshop. The invitation-only event was designed to advise representatives of the Japanese Presidency and Ministries on formulating Japan’s Arctic Strategy.  Japan is one of the newly elected “Observer” States to the Arctic Council. International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, March 5-6, 2015.

  • Janet Milne took part in the Energy Independent Vermont Educational Forum at the Montshire Museum in Norwich, Vermont, on March 5, 2015.  The public workshop, organized by a coalition of Vermont organizations, was designed to educate people about the “carbon pollution tax” bill that has been introduced in the Vermont House. Professor Milne’s presentation, Carbon Taxes 101, provided an introduction to carbon taxes and an overview of their use in other countries.

  • Tracy Bach presented "International Climate Change Negotiations and Qatar," to the Ministry of Environment, Department of Climate Change in March 2015.

  • Yanmei Lin's​ article, "Comparative Study on Comprehensive and Centralized Jurisdiction Model of Specialized Environmental Courts and Tribunals," will appear in the Journal of China University of Political Science and Law, Issue 1, 2015 (Forthcoming).​

  • Yanmei Lin's​ article (co-authored with Xiaoxi Wang), "Environmental Public Interest Litigation Back to the Beginning in 2013," will appear in the Annual Report on Environment Development of China (2014), Social Science Academic Press, May 2014, 146, Brill Press 2015 (Forthcoming).

  • Patrick Parenteau's article, "The Pebble Mine Veto: Saving the Last Wild Salmon Runs," appears in the National Wetland Newsletter, March/April 2015.​
  • Janet Milne gave a lecture on "Carbon Taxes: Dirty Words, Good Policy" at Yale Law School.  The event, hosted by the Yale Environmental Law Association, drew over 50 students on February 25, 2015.

  • ​Hillary Hoffmann's op-ed, "Utah's Public Lands Aren't About to Change Hands​" appeared in High Country News​ on February 23, 2015.​​

  • Patrick Parenteau is the lead author of "Climate Change in the Marine Environment," in Ocean and Coastal Law Policy, 2nd edition, ABA, February 2015.

  • Jamie Renner presented at the Miami School of Law's Inter-American Law Review Symposium, "Food Safety Modernization Act: The Future of Food Litigation," on February 6, 2015. Professor Renner spoke on the potential impacts of FSMA on small-scale farmers across the world who import food into the U.S.​

  • Betsy Baker presented "Options for an Arctic Regional Seas Arrangement," at the Symposium on Arctic Governance at the University of California, Irvine School of Law on January 30-31, 2015.

  • Janet Milne​ is co-editor of two book manuscripts that were delivered in January to Edward Elgar for publication: Carbon Pricing: Design, Experiences and Issues (L. Kreiser et al. eds., forthcoming 2015) and ​Environmental Pricing: Studies in Policy Choices and Interactions (L. Kreiser et al. eds., forthcoming 2015). The two books contain selected, peer-reviewed papers that were delivered at the15th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation in Copenhagen in September 2014, an event co-sponsored by the VLS Environmental Tax Policy Institute.  The books are Volumes XV and XVI respectively in the CRITICAL ISSUES IN ENVIRONMENTAL TAXATION series.  Prof. Milne has been a co-editor of the series since its inception.

  • Betsy Baker's chapter, "A Note on Arctic Information Platforms and International Law," appears in S. Lalonde and T.McDorman (eds),International Law and Politics of the Arctic Ocean, Essays in Honor of Donat Pharand, Brill January 2015, 434-445.

  • Janet Milne​ presented via videoconference a paper on "Energy Tax Incentives: The United States Perspective" at a two-day conference on Energy Taxation, Environmental Protection and State Aids: Tracing the Path from Divergence to Convergence organized by CEU San Pablo University in Madrid, Spain on January 29, 2015.

  • Laurie Ristino and VLS second year JD student Joseph Simpson co-authored "All Dried Up: Tensions Rise Over Water Shortage in California." The article was published online in January in EcoPerspectives, a blog hosted by the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law (VJEL).

  • Laurie Ristino ​ presented at the Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum's 25th Anniversary Symposium "Carrots & Sticks: Moving the U.S. National Food System Toward a Sustainable Future" on January 23, 2015. There, Director Ristino spoke on on the role of distribution and the food movement.​

  • Betsy Baker presented "Do We Need an Arctic Ocean Science Coordinating Agreement?" at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium in Anchorage, Alaska on January 19, 2015.

  • William Schulte​ presented "Public Interest Litigation Under the United States Clean Air Act," at the 19th Annual U.S.-China Legal Exchange organized by United States Department of Commerce and China's Ministry of Commerce, Beijing and Wuhan, China on January 13 and 15, 2015.​​

  • Laurie Ristino presented on "Climate Change and Food Security" at the Agriculture and Food Law section's panel during the AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, on January 3, 2015.

  • Laura Murphy and Pat Parenteau​ wrote an amicus brief in an important Clean Water Act case pending in the Second Circuit (Catskills Trout Unlimited v EPA). The brief was filed on behalf of a group of environmental law professors and two of the original authors of the CWA—Leon Billings and Tom Jorling.

  • ​​Betsy Baker​ served as moderator for "Maritime Border Threats? Canadian, Mexican and U.S. Maritime Cooperation on Drugs, Terror and the Environment​" Association of American Law Schools 2015 Annual Meeting​, January 3, 2015, Washington, DC.

  • Yanmei Lin's​ article (co-authored with Yue Chen), "China’s New National Rules on Wetland Protection," appeared in the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law E-Journal, Issue 5: 2014, 117

  • Yanmei Lin's article (co-authored with Jiaru Hou), "US Lessons and Experiences for China," appeared in the Journal of Ocean University of China (Social Sciences Edition), Issue 1: 2014, 86.

  • In late December, Edward Elgar Publishing released the paperback edition of the Handbook of Research on Environmental Taxation, previously published in hardback in 2012.  Professor Janet Milne​ is the book’s lead editor. Edward Elgar determined that the book’s record warranted release in a paperback edition that will reach substantially beyond the library market.  The book provides an interdisciplinary, international assessment of the state-of-the-art of research on environmental taxation.

  • Betsy Baker's​​ ​book chapter, ​"Assessing Assessments of NAFTA’s Marine Environment:  The Commission for Environmental Cooperation meets the World Ocean Assessment," will appear in: Hoi Kong & Kinvin Wroth (eds.), NAFTA and Sustainable Development: History, Experience, and Prospects for Reform, Cambridge University Press 2015, 343-366 (expected Spring 2015).

  • Betsy Baker's​ book chapter, "Inter-linkages in International Law: The Convention on Biological Diversity as a Model for Linking Territory, Environment and Indigenous Rights in the Marine Arctic," will appear in: S. Ali and R. Pincus (eds.), Diplomacy on Ice, Yale University Press, 2015, 41-60​.

  • Melissa Scanlan's article, "​Blueprint for the Great Lakes Trail​," is published by the Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law, 2015.