Vermont Law School uses grant to convert historic building

first_imgVermont Law School will use a $250,000 energy efficiency grant to help convert an historic building into a vibrant new center for legal advocacy. The grant was the largest of 14 grants totaling $1.7 million that the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund gave out to colleges, hospitals and other non-profits on June 16.VLS will use the grant to completely renovate 190 Chelsea Street, a two-story building overlooking the South Royalton town green. The building will be historically preserved and upgraded to high standards of energy efficiency using best green building practices.The retrofitted structure will be the home of the South Royalton Legal Clinic (SRLC), which has outgrown its cramped quarters elsewhere on campus, and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC), which operates as a law firm within a law school. The renovated building will give the SRLC 60 percent and the ENRLC 110 percent more space, respectively, than their current locations. Both clinics train law students and provide free legal services to the community.Since 1979, the SRLC has served thousands of Vermont residents who are unable to afford counsel on issues such as children’s rights, immigration, family law, domestic violence, housing, health care and consumer protection. Last year, the SRLC provided approximately $1.5 million in free services. The ENRLC offers pro bono legal representation on environmental matters to organizations and individuals who would not otherwise have access to legal services.“With this support from the Clean Energy Development Fund, the 190 Chelsea project can realize a synergy of environmental, economic and societal impacts that transcend the bricks and mortar required to breathe new life into an old building,” Dean Jeff Shields said. “Through this project, VLS has the distinctive opportunity to restore an historic downtown structure, reduce energy costs and consumption and expand our community and environmentally focused legal aid work.”VLS has raised more than $1.4 million of the $3 million to $3.5 million needed to purchase, renovate and equip the clinics building. A formal fund-raising campaign kicks off in September. Tentative plans call for renovation to start in 2011 and be completed in 2012.The site’s 11,000 square feet will give both clinics increased and improved space for the faculty, staff and student clinicians who often work late at night to meet case deadlines. The building also will become the new home of the VLS Barrister’s Book Shop, which will have an increased product line as well as outdoor and indoor seating that will serve students, faculty, staff and the community.VLS, which has a history of award-winning historic preservation and energy efficiency projects, is working on the 190 Chelsea project with Efficiency Vermont and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. Efficiency Vermont provides technical assistance and financial incentives to households, businesses and schools to help reduce their energy costs with energy efficient equipment, lighting and approaches to construction and renovation. The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation is the public agency designated to be the advocate for historic properties in the state.Many of the 190 Chelsea building’s exterior historic features will be maintained, but the interior was long ago altered, so it will be designed to fit the modern needs of the two legal clinics. The building’s insulation, heating, cooling, electrical, plumbing and other systems will be brought up to code. The result will be a rejuvenated structure that adheres to U.S. Interior Department standards for rehabilitation and is consistent with the law school’s commitment to environmental stewardship and public service.More information on the SRLC and ENRLC is available on their VLS websites.Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, is the nation’s top-ranked environmental law school and has one of the top-ranked clinical training programs in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor (JD) curriculum that emphasizes public service, a Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) degree for lawyers and nonlawyers, and two post-JD degrees, the Master of Laws (LLM)  in Environmental Law and the LLM in American Legal Studies (for international students). The school also features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center and the South Royalton Legal Clinic. For more information, visit is external).Source: VLS. 6.23.2010last_img read more

No. 17 Syracuse finally puts up an all-around performance in 10-8 win over No. 13 Army

first_img Comments On Sunday against Army, Syracuse finally played like John Desko said the Orange needed to.Since getting embarrassed by Colgate in the opener, Desko’s harped on winning faceoffs, vacuuming ground balls and clearing. A week ago against then-No. 15 Albany, some of the issues were corrected. SU won the ground ball battle and cleared efficiently. But the Orange still lost at the faceoff X and won mostly on the back of its stout defense against a one-dimensional Great Danes attack.Against the Black Knights, Syracuse scooped 15 more ground balls, went 16-of-18 on clears and won 81 percent of faceoffs. It was the type of performance Desko had been waiting for.“We were playing uphill the whole game,” Army coach Joe Alberici said.No. 17 Syracuse’s (2-1) 10-8 win against No. 13 Army (3-1) set the blueprint for the Orange this season. Statistical margins, coupled with another strong defensive outing and 10 goals from seven different goal scorers earned SU the win. Considering that Army goalie AJ Barretto made a career-high 18 saves and SU held the ball for most of the game, the Black Knights were fortunate to keep it as close as they did.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It was about as I thought it might go,” Desko said. “We knew that Army was going to play for 60 minutes, they always do.”In the opener against Colgate, the Orange defended valiantly but fell short on clears, ground balls and even got outshot (41-36). Struggles at the faceoff X were noted. They continued against Albany a week later, but were masked by a dominance in ground balls, shots and the fact that outside of Tehoka Nanticoke, the Great Danes didn’t pose much of a scoring threat.Against Army, the Orange dominated statistically, starting at the faceoff X. After Danny Varello started and won two of his first three draws, Jakob Phaup spelled him and dominated Army’s Evan Condon, finishing 15-of-18. In possession often, SU’s offense worked the ball around, milking the shot clock and shooting when good opportunities presented themselves. SU struggled to take its good looks against Colgate and Albany, when some players felt like shots were rushed. The Orange didn’t struggle to get open or good looks against Army, but were befuddled by Barretto, who kept the game from becoming a blowout. After SU spent most of a third-quarter possession hunting a shot, Barretto saved it. The rebound hopped into Stephen Rehfuss’ awaiting stick, alone on the backside. With an open net three feet away, Rehfuss calmly flicked his stick forward, into the wide webbing of Barretto as the senior dove from right to left, landing with the ball and starting the clear. Despite Barretto’s career day, Army couldn’t seem to stop defending. Every save seemed to come with a blown clear or a lost faceoff soon after. As a result, SU cobbled together a serviceable offensive performance.“I thought we made them play a lot of defense,” Desko said. “It’s hard to make anybody play that much defense.”Josh Shub-Seltzer | Staff PhotographerWhen the Black Knights did break out and play some offense, they met stiff resistance. Nick Mellen, SU’s star cover defender, spent the afternoon smothering Army’s leading scorer Brendan Nichtern, who finished with one goal. Army as a team went scoreless on the man up and turned it over 16 times.Syracuse caused 10 of those turnovers. A handful came in the middle of the field off draws, but the largest portion were in the defensive end. Army passed across and through the defense often, rather than around it. Whenever they skipped passes over the defense or from behind the net, a Syracuse long pole extended and cut out the attempt. When shots arrived on the SU cage, Drake Porter nearly outdueled Barretto and made 16 saves. He tallied two stops before even allowing a goal on Sunday.From scoring goal No. 3 in the second quarter to goal No. 4 in the third, Army took 18:45. In that time, SU pushed a 3-3 tie into a 7-3 advantage.“In all, I think they played pretty stingy today,” Desko said of SU’s defense.The margins and facets of play Desko’s emphasized in recent weeks are common coaching points. SU struggled to excel at them against weaker competition, though, and that worried Desko.Despite a strong defense and a plethora of goal scoring options, the Orange turned in a 12-9 loss in the opener. That, it seems, was an aberration. Last weekend’s 13-5 waxing of Albany, too, doesn’t fit what SU will likely do to teams the rest of the year.On Sunday, a clearer picture emerged. A talented defense and goalie expected to slow down and frustrate and opposing offense did. A deep, experienced offense and midfield put together enough goals to keep the Black Knights at arm’s reach. The Orange scooped more ground balls, did more to secure faceoffs and dominated time of possession. “I think we really wore those guys down,” Porter said.It took two weeks, but the team Desko hoped would emerge has. Published on February 24, 2019 at 6:23 pm Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Grahamcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more