October 2012

Vermont Law School is pleased to announce that Laurie Ristino has been selected as the first director of the law school’s recently created Center for Agriculture and Food Systems. Laurie also will serve as an Associate Professor of Law. She is currently a senior counsel with the Office of the General Counsel at USDA in Washington, D.C., where she advises the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Forest Service on a host of legal issues. A national expert in the
conservation and preservation of American working lands, she has advised the USDA on conservation program implementation under the 2002 and 2008 farm bills and has been advising on the development of the 2012 farm bill. She also is a professorial lecturer in law at George Washington University Law School, where she teaches a course that explores the critical need to develop sustainable American food systems.


Yesterday was the third annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship at Vermont Law School. We had an impressive schedule this year. In terms of session highlights (of the ones I attended), Sarah Schindler’s "Banning Lawns" proved provocative, and the panel with Todd Aagaad and Jan Jans lead to an great conversation about what should be considered "environmental law." Now I have 48 hours to relax until trying to pick a date for next year’s Colloquium!

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