Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship, September 22 - 23, 2017
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Ninth Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship

SEPTEMBER 21 - 22, 2018

Vermont Law School will host the Ninth Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship on September 22, 2018. This event offers environmental law scholars the opportunity to present their works-in-progress, to get feedback from their colleagues, and to meet and interact with those who are also teaching and researching in areas related to environmental and natural resources law, or any related specialty areas.

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts should be submitted online, here:

If you are interested in presenting a paper at the Colloquium, please submit a working title and abstract of 200-300 words, no later than May 15, 2018. For an abstract to be eligible for submission, the author must anticipate that the paper will be a true working draft (neither published nor so close to publication that significant changes are not feasible) by the date of the Colloquium. We will do our best to notify authors about acceptances by June 8, 2018.

Selected participants will be required to submit a paper draft no later than September 2, 2018 and all participants will be asked to provide commentary on another participant's paper draft at the Colloquium. Final papers will also be eligible for publication in the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law.

2018 Schedule

The general overview of the Colloquium schedule includes:


Friday morning/afternoon: Participants arrive.

Friday evening: Welcome Reception at The Norwich Inn, Norwich, Vermont. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres provided. Welcome remarks by David Mears, Vermont Law School Associate Dean for Environmental Programs and Associate Professor.


Saturday morning, 8:15am: Attendees depart from Norwich via coach bus to Vermont Law School.

Saturday morning/afternoon, 9am - 5:10pm: Light continental breakfast served. Colloquium begins. Paper presentations and discussion. Lunch will be provided.

Saturday evening, 5:15pm - 7:30pm: Reception and Dinner at Vermont Law School.

Colloquium adjourns. Participants are bussed back to Norwich.

We welcome participants to consider spending the weekend in Vermont.


Participants choose one of two optional field trips:

Participants may participate in a field trip; past excursions have included a hike or fly fishing. More details forthcoming.

Sunday afternoon: Departure. Safe travels!

2017 Participants pause for a group photo on the Debevoise back lawn at VLS.

Lodging and Transportation

Participants are responsible for their own lodging and transportation costs.

For those who are unfamiliar with South Royalton's location, we are approximately 2.5 hours from Boston by car. The closest airports serviced by major airlines are Burlington, VT, Manchester, NH, and Boston Logan. There is a small local airport in Lebanon, NH with flights to and from the NYC area and Boston Logan. In addition, there is train service to White River Junction on Amtrak, as well as a luxury bus service from Boston provided by the Dartmouth Coach. Participants may travel from Burlington, VT to Hanover, NH using Vermont Translines or Greyhound bus lines.


Participants are encouraged to stay at The Norwich Inn to take advantage of the group discount to Colloquium participants. Friday evening's reception will also take place at this venue, and complementary shuttle service will be available to/from The Norwich Inn and Vermont Law School. The Inn must be booked before July 27, 2018 in order to receive the group rate. Please call the Inn at 802-649-1143 to reserve a room at the Vermont Law School block rate.

Participants may also choose to stay at The Partridge House, just a few doors down from the Norwich Inn. This smaller inn has three rooms that are reserved at a group discount for conference participants. The House must be booked before August 7, 2018 in order to receive the group rate. Please call the House at 802-649-7227 to reserve a room at the Vermont Law School block rate.

For more information on the Colloquium
Please contact Courtney Collins at or at (802) 831-1371.