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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Vermont Supreme Court Visit

This past Wednesday, the Vermont Supreme Court held session at VLS. Most of my professor cancelled classes for the day, requesting students to attend the session instead. Although I missed the big case of the day involving wind turbines and NIMBYism (so big, apparently, that Dean Jefferson issued a statement the day before about potential […]


In an email sent by the dean a few weeks ago, he told the VLS community: The 2013 Best Grad Schools rankings were released by US News today.  VLS placed among the nation’s top programs in a number of areas, environmental  law (rank 1st), dispute resolution (rank 16th), clinical training (rank 23rd), law schools where law firms tend to recruit (rank 96th–out of more than 200). […]

Occupy the Library!

Vermont Law School fosters a great close-knit community. There exists a spirit of camaraderie and collaboration rather than one of competition. But we cannot forget that South Royalton also has a great community. And we should be a part of that community. One great resource our small town has to offer is the Royalton Memorial […]

People see what you post!

I know, this is stating the obvious.  Certainly, as adults in the age of social networking websites, we have caught on to a basic etiquette of how to conduct ourselves online.  Evidence seems to suggest otherwise, however. I am not talking about people expressing their political/social/personal views on subjects that contribute to “the marketplace of ideas” that […]

No rest for the weary….

Like everything else in law school-land, spring break flew by.  It was nice to have a week to do NOTHING, though I wouldn’t have minded spending it on a sandy beach on a tropical island, heading home to Maine was good enough.  I appreciated this break, but it definitely made me long for more time, […]

The “Bullying Trial” Verdict

After reading Mr. Parker’s New Yorker article on the case resulting Tyler Clementi’s suicide, I was led to believe that Ravi would be acquitted of most of the charges against him.  Turns out, the jury found him guilty of 24 of the 35. Ravi, at the very least, engaged in some immature and insensitive behavior […]

The last spring break

Unless I become a school teacher or end up in academia, I will never have a formal spring break again. Not that I am spending this break treating myself by getting away from it all.  No, I dare say I need this week to tackle some of the major projects on my list of things […]

Spring Break T-5 Hours

At some point last week, or maybe the week before, I began a mental countdown of the days until Spring Break. It’s been years so I’ve looked forward to the vacation with the same eager, childlike anticipation as an elementary school class counts down the 180 days of school. My Spring Break plans are not […]

Only in Vermont…

Since moving to Vermont, I often find myself witnessing things and thinking “only in vermont….” and today’s “holiday” is one of those things.  Seriously, only in Vermont would you get a day off school for Town Meeting Day.  Don’t get me wrong, I think its great that we are not only given the opportunity to […]

Happy Town Meeting Day!

I love random holidays. Today, across Vermont (and New Hampshire as well) it is Town Meeting Day. A suitably random holiday if you ask me, but one of immense value in today’s political climate. Coming from The South, which primarily operates on the county-system of local government, as compared to New England’s township system, Town […]