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Shirts with Vermont Law School on them hang in Barrister's Book Shop in downtown South Royalton.
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In South Royalton, there’s a great craft beer bar, a bustling food co-op and a new coffee shop opening — but just about anyone you ask will tell you the town’s economic future depends on a healthy Vermont Law School.

Vermont Law School sign on a fall day in October 2012.
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There is turmoil at Vermont Law School following the news that tenure has been revoked for 14 out of 19 faculty members at the South Royalton institution. A recent VTDigger article revealed the 75 percent reduction in tenured faculty as part of a plan to help restructure finances that have taken a hit from ongoing budget deficits.

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Brittmy Martinez, a rising second-year student at Vermont Law School, is one of three VLS students recently named to the National Black Law Students Association's executive board. She is the chief of staff of NBLSA. 

The Vermont Law School has teamed up with Harvard to create a blueprint for a national food strategy. On Monday, the schools jointly released the report, which aims to streamline U.S. agricultural and food policies.

Free speech versus disorderly conduct was one of several issues presented in front of the Supreme Court of Vermont at the Vermont Law School on Wednesday.

The Vermont Law School and the Environmental Protection Agency have signed an agreement that will link students and faculty between the two organizations.

Vermont Law School sign on a fall day in October 2012.
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The Vermont Supreme Court is considering whether a prison inmate who helped other prisoners with their court cases was practicing law without a license. The state thinks so and is pursuing criminal charges against the inmate.

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As leaders in more than 150 countries prepare to meet in Paris with an eye toward forming a landmark climate agreement, some students at both Vermont Law School and the University of Vermont are preparing to make contributions of their own to the international effort to address climate change.

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Democratic presidential contenders are not the only debaters squaring off this week.

The other debate takes place Oct. 14 in South Burlington, inside the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility.

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Green Mountain Power in recent years has installed wind turbines atop Vermont’s ridgelines and solar arrays in its fields. All fueling the delivery of clean, green, renewable power to conscientious Vermonters’ homes, right?

Turns out, that’s a matter of debate.

“If you were to ask Vermonters, ‘do they think that by buying GMP power from wind projects, they’re reducing their carbon footprint’ I’d venture to say a strong a majority of Vermonters would say, ‘of course that’s what we’re doing’,” says Vermont Law School professor Pat Parenteau. “The truth is, they’re not.”

The former head of the Vermont Law School has died. Geoffrey “Jeff” Benson Shields passed away Saturday at his Guilford home. Shields was 68. His death was announced by the law school on Monday afternoon.

Shields served as dean and president of the South Royalton school from 2004 until his retirement in 2012.

During his tenure, the law school established a number of programs and initiatives, among them the Institute for Energy and the Environment and the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law, the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems and the Land Use Clinic. 

Vermont Law School professor Cheryl Hanna, a longtime VPR commentator, died Sunday.

The announcement was made in a news release from the law school. No cause of death was given. 

Hanna was remembered as an engaging professor with a passion for gender equity. 

She said she knew at a young age that she wanted to teach, and eventually she settled on law school, where she would study to become a professor. 

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Vermont Law School has announced that Professor Cheryl Hanna, a prominent professor and expert in constitutional law, has died.