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So cool

I just sat with a room full of interested students listening to three VLS professors talk about a case currently before the Supreme Court (also known as SCOTUS for Supreme Court of the US — an acronym you’ll get to know well here at VLS). The case is American Electric Power v. State of Connecticut, and it involves a federal common law nuisance claim against six large power plants which are emitting greenhouse gases. Connecticut and the other states are claiming that these plants are creating a nuisance by emitting greenhouse gases, which will have (and in some cases, already is having) a negative impact on the citizens of these states.

Without going into too much detail, I just wanted to say how cool it was to have three top professors here at VLS take time out of their busy schedules to share with us the details of this case, and talk about likely arguments that SCOTUS will make. It would take ages for me to figure out that stuff all on my own, and I wouldn’t understand half of it most likely. But, in about an hour, I now have a good understanding of the case, the implications of different rulings that SCOTUS could make, and a deeper understanding of some legal issues.

Pretty cool, I think, that we are talking about current cases before the Supreme Court even though we’re up here in a tiny little town in Vermont. And, that our professors are so accessible to us.


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