Vanderbilt Lawyer - Volume 37, Number 2

Worldly Pursuits

Vanderbilt's flourishing International Legal Studies Program allows students to gain a global perspective on the practice of law.

An image of a glass world.

Back in 1966, at a time when few American law schools boasted faculty specializing in international law, Vanderbilt hired a young professor, Harold G. Maier, to start a new program in Transnational Legal Studies. "I had been hired in a rather strange chain of events," Professor Maier wrote in a 1989 Vanderbilt Lawyer article. "Somehow, Vanderbilt had gotten my name from the University of Michigan Law School. I indicated some general interest, but wrote that I planned to enter practice. Two weeks later, I received another letter from Acting Dean Paul Hartman offering me a position because of what he termed 'an emergency situation in international studies at Vanderbilt.'"

The emergency, Professor Maier would soon discover, was that Vanderbilt didn't have an international legal studies program.

Making Judgment Calls

Suzanna Sherry and Daniel Farber explore the proper role of the judiciary in their most recent book.

Suzanna Sherry

Judgment Calls: Principle and Politics in Constitutional Law, the latest book by long-time collaborators Suzanna Sherry, the Herman O. Loewenstein Professor at Vanderbilt, and Daniel Farber, the Sho Sato Professor of Law at the University of California-Berkeley, seeks to find a middle ground between competing visions of constitutional law.

In two earlier books, Desperately Seeking Certainty and Beyond All Reason, Sherry and Farber, who began their collaboration when both were serving on the law faculty at the University of Minnesota, criticized several theories of constitutional law advocated by scholars on both sides of the political aisle. In Judgment Calls, they present their own views...