SOUTH ROYALTON, VT –– Vermont Law School will release its inaugural “Top 10 Environmental Watch List” on Jan. 3, 2011, to spotlight the most critical environmental law and policy issues of 2010 and how they may play out in 2011.

Produced by the nation’s top-ranked environmental law school, the Watch List will evaluate judicial, regulatory, legislative and other actions from 2010, a major year for environmental news. More than a compilation of the year’s top stories, the Watch List will be a predictive, analytical look forward intended to help the media in reporting further on the causes, consequences and solutions to environmental challenges that significantly affect human beings and the natural world.

The Watch List was selected by VLS’s Environmental Law Center faculty with assistance from student staffers at the school’s Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, who together researched dozens of issues before deciding on the Top 10. In a series of concise briefs, the Watch List will provide scholarly insight and common-sense analysis intended to promote public understanding of the critical environmental issues of our time.

The Vermont Law Top 10 Environmental Watch List will be published on the VLS home page,