2013-06-06 / Front Page

‘Hot Topics’ in Environmental Law

VLS Invites Public To Hear Nationally-Known Lecturers for Free

Once again, Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center will present a summer lunch-time lecture series on “Hot Topics in Environmental Law.”

Throughout the summer, the summer faculty, distinguished scholars, and media fellows will speak on a wide range of current issues in environmental law.

The brown bag lunchtime series takes place at Room 007 Oakes Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. until Aug. 1 and is free to all.

Today, for instance, Thursday, June 6, Tim Eichenberg will present a lecture on how San Francisco Bay is trying to plan for the expected rise in sea levels.

In 2001, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) adopted groundbreaking policies to deal with climate change and rising sea levels in San Francisco Bay. The difficulties the BCDC encountered in trying to implement their new policies offer potentially useful lessons for other communities.

Eichenberg is the chief counsel of the BCDC and co-teaches “Ocean and Coastal Law” at VLS this summer.

Coming Up Next

Other upcoming “Hot Topics” lectures include

Tuesday, June 11, “Lawyering for the Sustainable City” with Lee Breckenridge, of Northeastern University School of Law.

Thursday June 13: “Conservation Easements” with Nancy McLaughlin, of the University of Utah.

Tuesday June 18: “Why Does the Supreme Court Hate the Clean Water Act?” with Patrick Parenteau of Vermont Law School.

Thursday June 20: “Why Does the Supreme Court Love Takings Cases?” with VLS Professor John Echeverria.

Later topics will include climate science education, sustainable food systems, water contractcs, the legal rights of trees, cleaning up Lake Champlain, and environmentalism in Afghanistan.

For more information about each lecture, visit www.vermontlaw.edu/ summer.

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