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News Vermont Law School's Patrick Parenteau Discusses Endangered Species Act at Marlboro College, October 1

MARLBORO, VT- (September 22, 2009) - Marlboro College will host a free, public lecture entitled, "Can the Endangered Species Act Save the Polar Bear?" by Vermont Law School professor Patrick Parenteau in Ragle Hall at 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 1.

With solutions to global climate change requiring decades to implement, the Endangered Species Act will increasingly be called upon to provide a lifeline for plants and animals, from coral to the polar bear. Parenteau will address how the "pit bull" of environmental laws can use its strong mandate to preserve species.

Patrick Parenteau is a nationally recognized expert on the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, NEPA, and other environmental laws. He has been involved in drafting, litigating, implementing, teaching, and writing about environmental law and policy for over 30 years. He is a recipient of the National Wildlife Federation's Conservation Achievement Award for 2005 in recognition of his contributions to wildlife conservation and environmental education. In 2009 he received the River Advocacy Award from the Connecticut River Watershed Council.

Parenteau is currently the Professor of Law and Senior Counsel in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC) at Vermont Law School. He holds a B.S. from Regis University, a J.D. from Creighton University, and an LLM in Environmental Law from the George Washington University.

For more information, please contact the Marlboro College Public Relations office at 802-251-7644 or In the event of inclement weather, please call 802-451-7151 for cancellation information.

Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of educational technology, internet technologies, health care administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.


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