Vermont Law School

Bridget Crawford posts over at The Faculty Lounge about the relative size of environmental law faculties at the top environmental law programs in the country.  There seems to be an implicit suggestion (otherwise why bother collecting this data) that there may be a relationship between environmental law faculty size and top rankings.  I suspect this is the case given that more faculty in an area leads to more student programming, research, public outreach, and helps one potential have more USN&WR votes.  I had trouble downloading Bridget’s original data from the post, but her numbers for Vermont Law School are either far too low or slightly too high depending on whether she’s counting tenure-track/tenured faculty only, or wants to also included all full-time faculty that teach and write in the area of environmental law.  If it’s the former, Vermont Law School has, by my count, 13 tenure-track/tenured environmental law faculty, but if it’s the latter, the number is at least 32 environmental faculty since we have so many full-time long-term contract environmental faculty in the Environmental Law Center who teach and write in environmental law.

Every year I take my Natural  Resources Law class for a guided nature walk and tour of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park located about 25 minutes south of Vermont Law School.  Here are some photos of this year’s excursion.

Click here for the news story about the First Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship at Vermont Law School.

The First Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship was simply a resounding success.  Bringing together environmental law professors from both the United States and Canada, at various stages of their careers, Vermont Law School provided the perfect collegial forum for the sharing of our works-in-progress and scholarly ideas.  I think everyone is already looking forward to next year’s event, and we expect interest in the Colloquium to grow.

Thank you to all those that presented and all my colleagues at Vermont who attended and moderated.  It was a truly a great time.

Vermont Law School Professor David Mears, in China as a Fulbright Scholar, reflects upon EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson’s visit to China.  He writes,

Yesterday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson held a town meeting in Huashi Hall, a beautiful, old building on the Sun Yat Sen University campus in Guangzhou, China.  This location happens to be just a few minutes from our apartment, so my wife Nancy and I were able to attend, along with an auditorium full of Chinese students and faculty.  It was a fun experience, surrounded by the students with their obvious interest and excitement in being able to engage with a high-level U.S. official.  Adding to my enjoyment was being able to sit next to my Vermont Law School colleague Professor Tseming Yang who is now a Deputy General Counsel at EPA, and Orestes Anastasia, Vermont Law School Class of 1995 who is the Regional Environment Advisor for USAID in Asia.

The title of Administrator Jackson’s presentation was “30 Years of Cooperation with China.”  It is tempting to launch off this title into a reflection regarding whether enough progress has actually been achieved for the environment in China in the past thirty years sufficient to warrant an anniversary celebration.  It is enough to note simply that, given the state of the environment in China today, whatever has transpired in terms of cooperation between the EPA and Chinese environmental agencies over the past three decades should not serve as the model for addressing China’s environmental issues in the future.

Keep reading at Middle Earth Law.

Vermont Law School invites VT gubernatorial candidates Dem. Peter Shumlin and Rep. Brian Dubie to an Oct. 26 debate in the run up to Election Day. The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 5:30 p.m. in the Chase Community Center.

UPDATED: According to the press release, Shumlin has accepted the invitation, but Dubie has not yet responded.


The first annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship at Vermont Law School on October, 22, 2010 promises to be a fantastic event.  Thank you to everyone who submitted a paper, and congratulations to those selected to participate.  The Colloquium, designed as a works-in-progress event, provides an opportunity for environmental and natural resources law scholars to present their forthcoming scholarship, get feedback from colleagues, and meet and interact with those who are also teaching and researching in the environmental and natural resources law area.

I am thrilled to announce this spectacular list of participants:

  • Todd Aagaard, Assistant Professor, Villanova University School of Law
  • Mary Jane Angelo, Associate Professor of Law, University of Florida, Levin College of Law
  • Eric Biber, Assistant Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley
  • Robin Kundis Craig, Associate Dean for Environmental Programs & Attorneys’ Title Professor of Law, Florida State University College of Law
  • Jason J. Czarnezki, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School
  • David M. Driesen, University Professor, Syracuse University College of Law
  • Timothy P. Duane, Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz and Vermont Law School
  • Pamela N. Epstein, Esq., LL.M, Consulting Attorney & Legal Intern Coordinator, Sierra Club, San Diego Chapter
  • Patricia L. Farnese, Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan College of Law
  • T.L. Gray, Doctoral Student, Vanderbilt University, Laboratory of Ethics and Society
  • Shi-Ling Hsu, University of British Columbia Faculty of Law
  • Madeline June Kass, Associate Professor  of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Andrew Long, Assistant Professor, Florida Coastal School of Law
  • Bradford Mank, Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati College of Law
  • Lesley K. McAllister, Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Timothy M. Mulvaney, Associate Professor of Law, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
  • Sean Nolon, Director of Dispute Resolution Program and Associate Professor of Law, Vermont Law School
  • Uma Outka, Visiting Scholar in Energy and Land Use Law, Florida State University College of Law
  • Jessica Owley-Lippmann, Associate Professor, University at Buffalo Law School
  • Dave Owen, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Maine School of Law
  • Cymie Payne, Distinguished Environmental Law Scholar, Lewis and Clark School of Law
  • Tracey M. Roberts, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
  • Shannon Roesler, Assistant Professor of Law, Oklahoma City University School of Law
  • Jonathan D. Rosenbloom, Assistant Professor, Drake University Law School
  • Erin Ryan, Associate Professor, William & Mary Law School
  • Jack Tuholske, Visiting Professor, Vermont Law School, and Adjunct Professor, University of Montana
  • Nickie Vlavianos, Assistant Professor, University of Calgary Faculty of Law
  • Annecoos Wiersema, Associate Professor of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • Hannah Wiseman, Associate Professor, University of Tulsa College of Law

For more information, see, and check out the story about the Colloquium in our Fall Newsletter.

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