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Major Award –Second Year in a Row!

We are delighted to announce that the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement has named 3L Garrett Chrostek a “2012 Distinguished Legal Writing Award” winner for his article, A Critique of Vermont’s Right-to-Farm Law and Proposals for Better Protecting the State’s Agricultural Future, 36 Vt. L. Rev. 233 (2011).  Garrett credits Vermont for being one of the first states to adopt a right-to-farm law, but argues that the current law falls short when compared to developments in other states.  He offers a number of concrete and realistic reforms to improve the Vermont law, including strengthening protections against nuisance lawsuits, mandating administrative proceeding prior to any nuisance lawsuit, using a “size-and-scope restriction to eliminate protections for certain unfavorable forms of agricultures,” exempting farming from certain municipal regulations, and allowing farmers to recover attorney fees for successfully defending against nuisance suits.  Garrett’s note provides timely insights on an important but often overlooked Vermont law.

The Burton Award is the most prestigious award in legal writing.  Each year, only 15 students receive the award out of the entries from law schools across the country.  This year, the winning law schools include Columbia, Duke, Emory, Georgetown, Iowa and Penn.  Award winners attend a gala black tie event at the Library of Congress in June.  This year’s guest of honor will be retired Justice John Paul Stevens.  http://burtonawards.com/   Bernadette Peters will perform.

Remarkably, this is the second year in a row a VLS student has won the award  (last year’s winner was Ben Leoni).  VLS’s impressive track record in this and other competitions proves what we in the legal writing program already know–our students are accomplished writers.

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