July 2011



Our LLM Fellow in the U.S.-China Partnership at Vermont Law School recently discussed the future of public interest law in China and the launch of the Huanzhu Law Firm, China’s first environmental legal aid law firm. See http://chinaenvironmentalgovernance.com/2011/07/26/200-words-on-the-future-of-public-interest-law-in-china/


"The integration of gays in the military could have a secondary effect on the composition of the armed forces: Vermont Law School announced today in an email statement that it will rekindle its relationship with military recruiters, banned from campus since 1985, in the wake of the Pentagon’s DADT repeal certification. VLS’s change of heart follows recent decisions by such schools as Harvard and Columbia to restore long-banned ROTC programs and on-campus military recruiting. As prestigious liberal arts colleges forge closer ties with military recruiters, the services’ officer corps could see an unusual influx of broadly educated, nonconformist, politically liberal talent."

AP reports the U.S. Justice Department has filed a brief in support of Dee Jones ’12, a blind Vermont Law School student suing for special accommodations that would allow her to take a legal ethics exam.


Vermont Law School is the only law school to prohibit military recruiters on campus due to the discrimination that exists under the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy (DADT). Today, the military announced that it is set "to certify that the U.S. military is prepared to accept openly gay and lesbian service members, and doing so will not harm military readiness." This certification is required for the repeal of DADT to take effect. The repeal will happen in 60 days, and, thus, our Dean announced today that "in response to the certification by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta of the steps necessary to effect repeal of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell law I have informed the pentagon that this fall we will welcome military recruiters to campus."

Check out today’s Huffington Post commentary by me and Vermont Law School alum Emily Montgomery ’11.

Genetically Engineered Salmon Needn’t Be Mystery Meat for Consumers


This week, bilingual environmental website chinadialogue.net is running a series of articles on green law in China, looking at the key cases and issues to emerge from a decade’s bid to build effective legislation. Alex Wang, former director at the Natural Resources Defense Council’s China Environmental Law & Governance Project in Beijing (now a Visiting Assistant Professor at Berkeley), has opened the series with an overview of the challenges to public supervision.

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