July 2010

It’s official.  Vermont Law School is hiring new faculty this year.

Vermont Law School is seeking several colleagues to join our dynamic and committed faculty. Our curricular needs are varied and include first-year and advanced subjects. We will consider experienced faculty, entry-level candidates, and candidates with significant experience in government, consulting, business, NGO management, or law firm administration and leadership.

Candidates should show a commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. Vermont Law School is committed to establishing and maintaining a diverse faculty and encourages applications from members of historically underrepresented groups.

Faculty at Vermont Law School take seriously our mission to educate lawyers for the community and the world and believe that our scholarship, teaching, and service should be meaningful and relevant to the local, national, and international communities. VLS is unique among law schools. We are on the cutting edge of environmental and international law and social policy. We embody the spirit of Vermont—independence and diversity in people and in politics. We have the good fortune to be located in a state and region that offer numerous opportunities for engaged participation in civic life as well as a life style found at few, if any, other law schools.

Applicants should provide a cover letter and resume. Electronic applications are preferred and should be e-mailed to: facultysearch@vermontlaw.edu. Hard copy applications should be sent to: Coordinator, Faculty Appointments Committee, Vermont Law School, P.O. Box 96, South Royalton, VT 05068.

We’d love to get some great applicants, and then you can join me and my colleagues on our afternoon hikes up Kent’s Ledge.

Professors Czarnezki, Nolon and McCann on Kent's Ledge

Professors Czarnezki, Nolon and McCann on Kent's Ledge


Via Political Wire’s Quote of the Day:

“I think they should name it something better. The top ends up flatter, but we’re not talking about Mount Everest. We’re talking about these little knobby hills that are everywhere out here.”

— Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul (R), in an interview with Details magazine, on mountain top removal coal mining, noting many people “would say the land is of enhanced value, because now you can build on it.”

Legal Planet reports on the EPA’s decision to stand by its finding that greenhouse gas emissions cause or contribute to air pollution that may reasonably be expected to endanger public health or welfare.  See here.

In a 2003 issue of Science magazine, Tulane Law School Professor Oliver Houck wrote about the troubled marriage between law and science.  Simply put, law seeks certainty and rules, while science deals with nuanced and complex data that is far from absolute.

Climate chage now is arguably more a political issue than a legal or scientific one, at least to the extent nations struggle with whether they should regulate carbon.  In my College Magazine of the University of Chicago, The Core, I came across the winning essay of the John Crear Foundation Science Writing Prize for College Students entitled “Karl Popper and Antartic Ice: The Climate Debate and Its Problems.”  It is certainly worth a read for it illustrates that difficulty that politics (as law) have in dealing with science.

Would you like to be a Fulbright Scholar in China?  It’s not too late.  I just received the following email.

Dear China Fulbright alumni in law:

We are now a little less than a week away from the August 2 deadline for the 2011-12 Fulbright Scholar awards. My recent review of the number of applications in law awards in China–submitted and pending–indicates that for whatever reason there is a significant drop off in the number of applicants in law–both the regular award and the distinguished lectureship.

I am writing to ask your assistance in bringing these opportunities to the attention of potential applicants as quickly as possible. You are probably thinking if there is enough time to submit an application. There is, because if people start their applications by August 2, they have until August 20 to complete them.

To facilitate your helping us with this late recruitment effort, you will find an announcement below that you can send out to list serves, post on a webpage, put on a bulletin board, etc.

Thanks very much for your help.

Best regards,


David B. J. Adams, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Outreach and Communications

Institute of International Education

Department of Scholar and Professional Programs

Council for International Exchange of Scholars

3007 Tilden St. NW, Suite #5L

Washington, DC 20008-3009

202-686-4021 | 202-3632-3442

dadams@iie.org | www.iie.org/cies

The Fulbright Scholar Program and Humphrey Fellowship Program are administered by the Institute of International Education’s Department of Scholar and Professional Programs, which includes the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and Humphrey divisions.

The competition for 2011-12 Fulbright Scholar grants is now open. The application deadline for most programs is August 2, 2010. U.S. scholars and professionals can learn how to present their credentials at www.iie.org/cies.


The Fulbright Scholar Program in China offers interesting opportunities for specialists in law, especially specialists in administrative, business, constitutional, investment, tax, civil, intellectual property, comparative and contract law.The grants are for 5 or 10 months with a starting date in late August 2010 or February 2011 for one-semester awards and late August 2011 for academic year awards. Grantees are placed in the top Chinese universities. A unique feature of the China Fulbright Scholar Program is a salary supplement stipend. For more information visit http://catalog.cies.org/viewAward.aspx?n=1089 or contact Gary Garrison at ggarrison@iie.org or 202-686-4019.

The Times has a nice article about the problems with using GDP as a measure of success.  This has always been the case in China, which is why city officials in Guangzhou encouraged the purchase of private automobiles to improve/increase production in Guangdong Province, even though Guangzhou is highly polluted and has one of the world’s best subway systems.  In addition to economic measures, the Chinese government is finally beginning to use environmental quality measures (e.g., air quality) to evaluate local officials.

Yesterday my family and I hiked up to the top of Big Deer Mountain in Vermont’s New Discovery State Park (which is in Groton State Forest), followed by swimming at Boulder Beach.  I’d highly recommend the hike for kids; mostly flat and dry followed by a fun uphill rock climb.

State Parks are a fantastic resource.  My Natural Resources Law course includes a lot of discussion about National Parks, and we have an annual field trip to Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park in Woodstock, Vermont (the only national park devoted to America’s conservation history).  But this year, I’m going to spend some time on the development of state parks, and how states have determined how to best protect these resources and for what purposes.

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