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Upcoming Events at VLS

It may be summer, but there are still many events happening on the Vermont Law School campus. Below is an overview of the events happening over the coming weeks.

TODAY – Thursday, June 5

Hot Topics in Environmental Law–Summer 2008 Brown Bag Lecture Series

12:00-1:00 PM Chase Community Center

Whales Tales: Sonar and National Defense, with Stephen Dycus, professor of law, and David Mears ’91, director of the ENRLC. Free and open to the public. An update on recent litigation brought by NRDC to protect marine mammals from the Navy’s peace-time use of sonar. The litigation raises questions about the application of environmental laws to military activities at home and abroad, as well as issues regarding the authority of the President to override acts of Congress. VLS’s environmental law clinic submitted an amicus brief to the Ninth Circuit in this case.

This is the first lecture in the 2008 Summer Hot Topics in Environmental Law series. Visit www.vermontlaw.edu/summer for a link to the full Hot Topics lecture schedule.

Tuesday, June 17

Hot Topics in Environmental Law–Summer 2008 Brown Bag Lecture Series

12:00-1:00 PM Chase Community Center

Climate Change in the Courtroom, with Professor Pat Parenteau, senior counsel and former director of the ENRLC. Free and open to the public. Can litigation solve climate change? No, but it can help galvanize public support and goad the sluggish political process into action before it’s too late. It can also draw attention to the plight of those most at risk–from the Inuit of Alaska to the Bengali of Bangladesh–and provide access to justice for the victims that are already suffering the effects of the industrialized world’s relentless destruction of the biosphere.

Thursday, June 19

Hot Topics in Environmental Law–Summer 2008 Brown Bag Lecture Series

12:00-1:00 PM Chase Community Center

Preventing the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: The Role of Deterrence in Environmental Law, with Randy Hill, deputy director of the Office of Civil Enforcement at EPA. Free and open to the public. The Supreme Court will decide this term whether Exxon must pay $5 billion in punitive damages for the Exxon Valdez spill. Would such a judgment deter future spills? Randy Hill of the U.S. EPA will discuss recent research on the effect of legal deterrence on corporate environmental practices. (His views do not necessarily reflect those of the EPA.)

Friday, June 20

Brown to Green: Redeveloping Brownfields in the Green Mountain State

8:30 AM-4:00 PM Chase Community Center

This conference will provide developers and their professional advisors (attorneys, design professionals, planners, lenders, and others) with tools for identifying, transacting, and successfully redeveloping brownfields in Vermont. Panelists include private practitioners, law school professors, government attorneys, and program personnel from federal, state, and regional brownfields programs. Sessions will guide participants through the transaction and site preparation process. Emphasis will be placed on the state and federal regulatory framework, practical risk management vehicles, environmental investigation, and utilization of financial and technical assistance programs.

Panelists: John Beling, assistant attorney general, Environmental Protection Division, Vermont Office of Attorney General; Jim Byrne, brownfields program lead, EPA New England; Matt Chapman, pogram attorney, Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation; Don Einhorn, brownfields project manager, Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation; Martha Judy, associate professor of law, VLS; Diane Kelley, brownfields coordinator, EPA New England; Mark Latham, associate professor of law, VLS; Susan McMahon, senior planner, Windham Regional Commission; Jim Witkin, partner, Linowes and Blocher LLP.

VLS students may attend free of charge (preregistration required). CLE Credit rate: $150 (6 VBA CLE credits). Non-CLE rate: $25. Cosponsored by the VLS Land Use Institute and Vermont Brownfields Reuse Initiative. For more information and registration, visit http://www.vermontlaw.edu/elc/landuse/brownfields or contact Environmental Programs Manager Jane D’Antonio at 802-831-1217 or jdantonio@vermontlaw.edu.

Tuesday, June 24

Hot Topics in Environmental Law–Summer 2008 Brown Bag Lecture Series

12:00-1:00 PM Chase Community Center

Emerging Applications of the Public Trust Doctrine: Groundwater and Beyond, with Jack Tuholske, private practitioner in Missoula. Free and open to the public. While the Public Trust Doctrine (PTD) was traditionally applied to tidelands, seashores, and the bed and banks of surface waters, more recent applications have focused on the water resource itself. The PTD is rooted in protecting common resources. Groundwater is a vital and threatened common resource that can and should be protected by the PTD.

Wednesday, June 25

Land Use Institute Law Review

2:00-6:00 PM Oakes Hall Room 110

Double feature: Inclusionary Housing and Planning Law Review. 3 CM credits if you stay for both.

For more information, contact Peg Elmer, Associate Director of the Land Use Institute, at 802-831-1405 or pelmer@vermontlaw.edu.

Thursday, June 26

Hot Topics in Environmental Law–Summer 2008 Brown Bag Lecture Series

12:00-1:00 PM Chase Community Center

New England’s Fragile Coastal Ecology, with Amy Quinton, a VLS Summer Media Fellow in Environmental Law and environmental reporter at New Hampshire Public Radio. Free and open to the public. Tidal marshes provide habitat and food for fish, crabs, mussels, and shore birds. They play a vital role in buffering the shore against flooding and storms. While they are one of the most productive ecosystems on earth, they’re also constantly threatened by development, pollution, invasive species, and global warming. We’ll take an audio tour of the marshes and their fragile ecology.

Tuesday, July 8

Hot Topics in Environmental Law–Summer 2008 Brown Bag Lecture Series

12:00-1:00 PM Chase Community Center

Saws and Effect: The Terrifying Juggernaut of Illegal Logging, with Robert Anderson, senior trial attorney in the Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice in Missoula. Free and open to the public. Widespread illegal logging in developing countries destroys habitat, affects climate, and feeds a multibillion dollar annual transnational trade in contraband wood. We will discuss current legislative, NGO, and business efforts in the U.S. and abroad to address this environmental crisis. Anderson’s views do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Thursday, July 10

Hot Topics in Environmental Law–Summer 2008 Brown Bag Lecture Series

12:00-1:00 PM Chase Community Center

The Killing Fields: Reducing Casualties in the Battle Between Endangered Species and Pesticide Law, with Mary Jane Angelo, associate professor of law at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. Free and open to the public. In the battle of conflicting goals and  standards among the U.S. species protection laws and U.S. pesticide law, the unwitting casualties are the millions of birds, fish, and other species killed, and the hundreds of species at risk of extinction. Legislative reform seeks to eliminate the conflict while promoting wildlife protection and availability of pesticides in the public interest.

Tuesday, July 15

Hot Topics in Environmental Law–Summer 2008 Brown Bag Lecture Series

12:00-1:00 PM Chase Community Center

The Economic Dynamics of Climate Change, with David Driesen, VLS’s 2008 Distinguished Environmental Summer Scholar and professor of law at Syracuse University College of Law. Free and open to the public. This lecture explains how an economic dynamic approach can help us address global climate change. This approach produces a positive economic dynamic fostering the innovations necessary for long term progress on the issue. It offers an alternative to the traditional emphasis on static efficiency in environmental policy.

Wednesday, July 16

Hot Topics in Environmental Law–Summer 2008 Brown Bag Lecture Series

12:00-1:00 PM Chase Community Center

Covering the Environment in the Lone Star State, with Asher Price, a VLS Summer Media Fellow in Environmental Law and the environmental beat reporter for the Austin American-Statesman. Free and open to the public. Competing claims about global warming; warring words over development and water  quality; spin and alarm about nuclear power.how does a journalist cut through claims by dueling scientists and steer readers to the truth behind all the sniping? And in a state like Texas, how do contradictory claims shape state law and policy or bog it down?

Thursday, July 17

Hot Topics in Environmental Law–Summer 2008 Brown Bag Lecture Series

12:00-1:00 PM Chase Community Center

Conservation Easement Enforcement: Protection for Perpetuity, with Jessica Jay ’97, founding partner of Conservation Law, P.C. Free and open to the public. Why enforce conservation easements? When does easement enforcement begin?What types of violations are occurring? Who is violating and who is enforcing easements? How do you enforce a conservation easement? An examination of the permanence of land conservation through the lens of legal challenges to, and the durability of, conservation easements, based on the current state of law.

Friday, July 18

VLS’s 2008 Energy Summer Conference

10:30 AM-5:00 PM Chase Community Center

Reception follows at 5:00 PM in the Yates Common Room

Powering the 21st Century: Choosing Resources in a Carbon-Constrained World

Presented by the Institute for Energy and the Environment. Keynote speaker is Richard Cowart, Director, Regulatory Assistance Project. Panelists include Stuart A. Caplan, Partner, White & Case LLP; Paula Gant, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, American Gas Association; David Hamilton, Director, Global Warming and Energy Program, Sierra Club; Steve Weissman, Associate Director for Energy Law and Policy, California Center for Environmental Law & Policy, Boalt Hall School of Law; with moderator Michael Dworkin, Director, Institute for Energy and the Environment, Vermont Law School.

By popular demand, in addition to the speakers and panel discussions, the conference will feature breakout sessions, a rare chance for attendees to spend quality time engaged in small-group discussion with featured speakers and panelists.

VLS students may attend free of charge (preregistration required). CLE Credit rate: $150 (6 VBA CLE credits). Non-CLE rate: $15. To register or for more information, visit http://www.vermontlaw.edu/elc/energy/summerconference08, or contact Environmental Programs Manager Jane D’Antonio at 802-831-1217 or jdantonio@vermontlaw.edu.

Tuesday, July 22

Hot Topics in Environmental Law–Summer 2008 Brown Bag Lecture Series

12:00-1:00 PM Chase Community Center

Which Path Will the Dragon Take–Green or Grey?: The Latest Developments in China’s Environmental Governance, with Tseming Yang, professor of law and director of VLS’s Partnership for Environmental Law in China, and Jingjing Liu, associate director of the China partnership. Free and open to the public. In February, China’s water pollution law was amended to impose much tougher penalties, including language suggesting potential citizen suits. In March, the State Environmental
Protection Administration became the Ministry of Environmental Protection, achieving full cabinet rank for the first time. What do these developments mean to the future of environmental law in China?

Thursday-Friday, July 24-25

Conference on Sustainable Agriculture

July 24 9:30 AM-6:00 PM and July 25 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Chase Community Center

Food, Fuel, and the Future of Farming

This conference, presented by the Land Use Institute, is free and open to the public (4 CLE credits per day available for fee). Keynote address by Anna Lappé, author, coleader of the Small Planet Institute, and cohost of the public television series, The Endless Feast. Featured panel discussions include “Industrial Animal Agriculture: Understanding & Moving Beyond Our Factory Farm Culture,” “Farm Policy: Factory Fields, Hunger, & the Environment,” “Agriculture’s Relationship to Climate Change: Biofuels, Livestock, and Efficiency,” and “Sustainable Agriculture in Vermont: Creating a Working Model.” The conference also includes a local/organic reception and local farm tour. This event is free and open to the public. Please register at www.vermontlaw.edu/elc/landuse/sustainableag08, or contact Environmental Programs Manager Jane D’Antonio at 802-831-1217 or jdantonio@vermontlaw.edu.

Save the Date!

We’re also lining up events for the fall. Here are some future event dates to mark on your calendar.

October 2-October 4

International Law Students Association Fall Conference: Understanding Genocide

The VLS International Law Society hosts the International Law Students Association’s Fall Conference 2008 at VLS. The conference includes academic panel discussions on genocide and information about international legal opportunities. For updates as they become available, visit http://sba.vermontlaw.edu/groups/ils/new2/.

October 16

Sterry R. Waterman Lecture

Professor Jerome Cohen will deliver the fall 2008 Waterman Lecture. Professor Cohen is Adjunct Senior Fellow for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, professor at NYU School of Law, and an internationally renowned expert on the Chinese legal system. (The Sterry R. Waterman Lecture is named in honor of the late senior judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and a former president of the Vermont Law School Board of Trustees.)

October 23-October 25

A World Class View of Dispute Resolution

The 2008 Professional Skills Programs in Dispute Resolution at the Woodstock Inn and Resort, Woodstock, Vermont. Cosponsored with Pepperdine University School of Law and the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. To register or for more information, visit http://law.pepperdine.edu/straus/training_and_conferences/fallpsp2008/ or call Pepperdine’s Lori Rushford at 310-506-6342.

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