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December 2018

Forbes: Most plus-size women can’t afford goop’s new collection. Here’s why
The research of Jennifer Shinall, associate professor of law, is cited.

BattleCreekEnquirer: Despite marijuana legalization, these Battle Creek employers stand by drug-free policies
While recreational marijuana is now legal in Michigan, employers can still enforce zero-tolerance policies regarding marijuana. Rob Mikos, professor of Law, is quoted.

Fact Check: Trump misuses data in 9th Circuit attack
Brian Fitzpatrick
, professor of law, is quoted.

November 2018

New York Times: Does the ninth circuit have the highest reversal rate in the country?
Brian Fitzpatrick
, professor of law, is quoted regarding President Trump’s critique of the Ninth Circuit.

Huffington Post: Kavanaugh and Gorsuch confirmations force progressives to rethink the Supreme Court
Ganesh Sitaraman
, associate professor of law, is quoted.

WPLN quoted Sara Mayeux, assistant professor of law, about how podcasts are being used to solve crimes.

WPLN quoted Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Climate Change Research Network, regarding TVA’s new solar project.

Ledger: Tax bill could impact charitable donations

Beverly Moran , professor of law, is quoted.

WTVF , Channel 5, interviewed Chris Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law, about how to keep the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation honest.

The Tennessean: Edmund Zagorski has chosen the electric chair over lethal injection. Will other inmates do the same?
Christopher Slobogin
, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law, is quoted.

Verge: Treating ‘genetic privacy’ like it’s just one thing keeps us from understanding people’s concerns
Vanderbilt research
suggests that feelings toward genetic privacy are complex. Ellen Clayton, Craig-Weaver Chair in Pediatrics, is quoted. News Medical posted a related piece.

October 2018

Washington Post: Pot, property values focus of upcoming Colorado trial
Robert Mikos
, professor of law, is quoted.

Innovation Hub interviewed Sarah Igo, associate professor of history, law, sociology and American studies, regarding the evolution of privacy issues in American History. WGBH (Boston NPR station) also aired this piece.

NPR interviewed Rob Mikos, professor of law, about challenges caused by using the ballot to enact marijuana reform.

Guardian: States ‘failing to seize Sudan’s dictator despite genocide charge’
Michael Newton
, professor of the practice of law, is quoted.

New York Times: His case made it to the Supreme Court. He didn’t have to look far for a lawyer
Theodore Frank has decided to represent himself in his upcoming Supreme Court case. Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted.

The Economist: What to do if the usual weapons fail
Morgan Ricks
, professor of law, and his proposed banking reform are mentioned.

The Daily Mail: The ‘Wild West’ of genetic privacy: New technology enables law enforcement to use DNA from sites like Ancestry.com to track down criminals by finding their relatives
Ellen Clayton
, Craig-Weaver Chair in Pediatrics, is quoted.

The New York Times: Confirming Kavanaugh: A triumph for conservatives, but a blow to the court’s image
Tracey George
, interim vice provost for faculty affairs, is quoted. The Seattle Times also shared the piece.

Washington Post: As Kavanaugh is all but confirmed, questions linger about his judicial temperament
Terry Maroney
, professor of law, shares her research regarding judicial temperament.

Quartz: The real meaning of judicial temperament
Terry Maroney
, professor of law, is quoted.

The Washington Post: California governor rejects supervised drug injection plan
Robert Mikos
, professor of law, is quoted.

NPR hosted Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, on a panel discussing Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing and what this means going forward.

Japan Times: Nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s attack on Democrats erodes perception of Supreme Court as above politics
Suzanna Sherry
, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law, is quoted. Daily Mail and the Baltimore Sun also shared the piece.

September 2018

Bloomberg: The true cost of women’s silence
Joni Hersch, professor of law and economics, is quoted. Yahoo republished the piece. Additionally, The Guardian posted a piece about Brett Kavanaugh in which Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted. Yahoo also shared the piece.

Vox: If Republicans sour on Kavanaugh, here are 4 alternatives waiting in the wings
There are a number of potential Supreme Court nominees should Republicans decide to rescind their support of Brett Kavanaugh. Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted.

Huffington Post: Bryan Adams asks MPs on house heritage committee to change 1 word in Copyright Act
Bryan Adams is pushing to amend Canada’s current Copyright Act. Daniel Gervais, director of the Vanderbilt University Intellectual Property program, is quoted. IPolitics (Canada) and Yahoo News (Canada) also picked up the story.

The National Law Journal: Senators press Kavanaugh over Kozinski clerkship, loyalty, personal debt & more
Brian Fitzpatrick
, professor of law, is quoted.

Vox: Manafort is cooperating with Mueller. 8 legal experts explain what that means for Trump.
Christopher Slobogin
, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law, is quoted.

Law 360: $250M State Farm deal could spur more campaign cash suits
Brian Fitzpatrick
, professor of law, is quoted.

Bloomberg: Law yields to politics in Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings
Recent confirmation hearings left some observers wondering how much value the whole process has. Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted.

Bloomberg: Fed rejects bank for being too safe
Morgan Ricks
, professor of law, is mentioned.

Forward Thinking Politics featured Suzanna Sherry, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law, on their podcast to discuss Brett Kavanaugh and the nomination process.

August 2018

The Conversation: Tentative deal to replace NAFTA puts pressure on Canada in win for Trump
Tim Meyer
, professor of law, writes about the significance of recent NAFTA negotiations. This piece has been republished by Business Insider , San Francisco Chronicle , London Free Press and Chicago Tribune . Meyer was also quoted in a related piece by Circa .

Time: This is the single best way divorced women can secure a successful retirement
Kelly Murray
, instructor in law, is quoted extensively.

The Outline: Why some Baltimore residents are lobbying to bring back aerial surveillance
Sarah Igo
, associate professor of history, law, sociology and American Studies, is quoted.

Vox: What does Michael Cohen’s plea deal mean for Trump? I asked 13 legal experts.
Christopher Slobogin
, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law, is quoted. Slobogin also was quoted in this Telegraph piece about the viability of impeaching President Trump.

The Guardian: Trump’s ‘good person’ defence could affect jurors in Manafort trial
Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law, is quoted about the unprecedented nature of President Trump’s public comments about the Manafort trial.

Big Law Business: MGM’s Legal Bid Against Mass Shooting Victims Could Be Model
Brian Fitzpatrick
, professor of law, is quoted about the origin of modern class action lawsuits and the concern at the time that companies would sue a class of potential plaintiffs to stave off potential suits.

Dallas Morning News: Using outdated data to make decisions about juvenile offenders is unacceptable
In this opinion piece, Alex R. Piquero from the University of Texas at Dallas writes about his research with Vanderbilt’s Mark Cohen, Justin Potter Professor of American Competitive Enterprise and professor of law. Piquero and Cohen studied the cost of crimes across offender trajectories.

Conservative Review: Horowitz: SCOTUS majority or not, lower courts will still run wild
Brian Fitzpatrick
, professor of law, is quoted extensively.

Freakonomics Radio featured Kip Viscusi, University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics, and Management, and his research regarding the cost of a human life.

U.S. News: Taking a stand over Title X
Robert Mikos
, professor of law, is quoted.

C-Span aired Vanderbilt Law Professor Brian Fitzpatrick’s testimony to the Congressional committee on the possibility of splitting the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

July 2018

The Economist: “Sin” taxes—eg, on tobacco—are less efficient than they look
The benefits of taxing unhealthy consumption choices are not entirely clear. Research done by Kip Viscusi, University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics, and Management, is mentioned.

Washington Post: ‘Stark pattern of discrimination’: Judge makes it easier for college students to vote
A Florida ruling determined that barring early voting centers from university campuses is unconstitutional. Jenny Diamond Cheng, lecturer at the Law School, is quoted. The article was also published by the Post’s e-newspaper as well as the Huffington Post .

CBS News: How Kavanaugh could shape the coming “watershed” moment for digital privacy
Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law, is quoted.

The Tennessean: Bean Station raid: 5 things you didn’t know about U.S. immigration law
Backlogs have clogged immigration court dockets for more than a decade, leading to waits that can add up to years before cases can be heard. Karla McKanders , clinical professor of law, is quoted.

The Tennessean: Prosecutors are fighting new Tennessee guideline on sharing evidence that helps defendants
A new legal interpretation would require prosecutors to turn over any evidence “favorable” to defendants.” Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law, is quoted.

Modern Healthcare: CMS to open new comment period on Kentucky Medicaid waiver
James Blumstein
, university professor of constitutional law and health law and policy, is quoted.

Tennessean: Tennessee immigration judges order record number of deportations, denials for asylum
Deportation rates are on the rise in Tennessee. Karla McKanders, clinical professor of law, is quoted.

National Law Journal: Kavanaugh’s record on class actions thin, but leaves clues he’d restrain them
Brian Fitzpatrick
, professor of law, is quoted.

ABA: Reforming law school: Start with the end in mind
Recent changes in law school curriculums are meant to benefit clients and attorneys alike while improving access to justice. Cat Moon, adjunct professor of law, is quoted.

WSMV , Channel 4, interviewed Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, about the significance of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Hill: Logic of Supreme Court’s travel ban ruling leaves a bad taste
In upholding President Trump’s travel ban this week, the Supreme Court made a bold statement about the nature of prejudice and discrimination. Jessica Clarke, professor of law, is quoted.

WTVF , Channel 5, interviewed Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, about the historical significance of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement.

June 2018

Wall Street Journal: Lawsuit challenges Trump’s authority to impose tariffs
Constitutional challenges face President Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Tim Meyer, professor of law, is quoted.

Barron’s: Banking with the Federal Reserve
Morgan Ricks
, professor of law, collaborated on research which suggests the Federal Reserve should extend banking options to the wider U.S. population.

The New Yorker: Why do we care so much about privacy?
Sarah Igo
, associate professor of history, law, sociology and American Studies, recently published a new book called, The Known Citizen, in which she provides a historic perspective on issues of privacy.

Yahoo: 6 ways to fix trade without the Trump tariffs

Timothy Meyer , professor of law, and Ganesh Sitaraman, associate professor of law, are mentioned.

Tennessean: Tennessee Muslim leaders condemn Supreme Court travel ban ruling: ‘We will keep fighting’

Karla McKanders , clinical professor of law, is quoted. Circa and WJLA also quoted McKanders in related stories.

Mother Jones: Using 23andMe to reunite families at the border comes with serious privacy risks
Migrants could be putting themselves at legal risk by giving their DNA to the government. Ellen Wright Clayton, Craig-Weaver Chair in Pediatrics and professor of law, is quoted.

Christian Science Monitor: Cell signal: What high court ruling may mean for future of digital privacy
Current technology advances requires new constitutional considerations surrounding digital privacy. Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law, is quoted.

The Wall Street Journal: Judges wouldn’t consider forgiving crippling student loans—until now
For decades, bankruptcy judges refused to consider reducing student loans. That is now changing. Terry Maroney, professor of law, is quoted.

USA Today: Argument against Cyntoia Brown’s life sentence headed to federal appeals court Thursday

Lawyers for a Nashville woman serving a life sentence in prison for murder will appear Thursday before a federal appeals court to argue her sentence is unconstitutional. Terry Maroney, professor of law, is quoted.

Modern Healthcare: Kentucky’s Medicaid work requirement faces reckoning in court
The Trump administration and advocacy groups are set to argue over whether the HHS secretary can allow Kentucky to establish a work requirement for people receiving Medicaid coverage. James Blumstein, university professor of constitutional law and health law and policy, is quoted.

Washington Post: Aiming at AT&T and Time Warner, Trump shot from the hip and missed
President Trump responded negatively to AT&T’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner. Rebecca Haw Allensworth, professor of law, is quoted.

Forbes: The Supreme Court abandons another constitutional safeguard, only Gorsuch dissents
James Ely, professor of law, emeritus, is quoted.

Washington Times: Supreme Court likely to rack up more reversals for West Coast’s 9th Circuit
Scholars suggest splitting the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals may be the best way to improve its losing percentage. Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted.

May 2018

The Guardian: Liberals’ worst nightmare: a second supreme court pick for Trump
With the suspected retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, President Trump could have a lasting impact on reshaping America’s most important court. Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted.

The Tennessean: After federal ruling against Trump, will Tennessee politicians still block people on Twitter?
Suzanna Sherry, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law, is quoted.

The New York Times: Supreme Court upholds workplace arbitration contracts barring class actions
The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that companies can use arbitration clauses in employment contracts to prohibit workers from banding together to take legal action over workplace issues. Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted. Fortune and The Houston Chronicle published related pieces.

Political News: Is Trump’s demand for an investigation into the FBI legal?
Christopher Slobogin
, holder of the Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law, is featured as one of eight legal experts about President Trump’s response to recent reports about FBI conduct toward his political campaign.

New York Times: A battle for control of CBS, with far-reaching consequences
Shari Redstone is the target of a highly unusual bid by the CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves to dilute her control of the media giant. Margaret Blair, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise, is quoted.

Economist: Reaching a verdict
In a letter to the editor Owen Jones, New York Alumni Chancellor’s Chair in Law, writes about how jurors’ limited understanding of legal jargon affects court cases.

BBC: Do long prison sentences deter crime?
BBC Future explores the impact of long prison sentences and looks at how Norway is taking an opposite approach. Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law, is quoted.

The Economist: Barriers to entry
Gender discrimination, among other issues, can create barriers for those hoping to enter academia. An essay by Jennifer Bennett Shinall, associate professor of law, is cited.

Nashville Scene: Sarah E. Igo’s The Known Citizen considers the case for privacy
Sarah Igo
, associate professor of history, law, sociology and American studies, and her new book are discussed.

The Tennessean: Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking to get mental health evaluation
Christopher Slobogin
, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law, is quoted.

Bloomberg: Heavy caseload to blame for Ninth Circuit’s bad rap
The Ninth Circuit, based in the western U.S. and including California, has a reputation for perennially having the worst record at the U.S. Supreme Court. Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is mentioned.

Reuters: U.S. investigators logged Trump lawyer’s phone calls: NBC
Federal investigators kept logs of the phone lines of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen. Yahoo also shared this piece which quotes Chris Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law.

April 2018

The Impact Report: How the private sector is stepping up on climate change
Michael Vandenbergh
, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Climate Change Research Network, discusses climate change. This podcast has also been picked up by Green Biz, iTunes, Google Play and Podbean.

Wall Street Journal: Lawyer’s office is unusual target for federal agents
The federal agents’ search of Michael Cohen’s law office was unusual due to attorney-client privilege. Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law, is quoted. Related stories have also been published by Reuters, Vox and IJR.

The Hill: A year in, Trump’s pick makes waves at high court
Timothy Meyer
, professor of law, is quoted.

Daily Journal produced a podcast in which Timothy Meyer, professor of law, explains shifts in political power over international trade.

March 2018

Wall Street Journal: The worst law in America
Amanda Rose
, professor of law, discusses recent attempts to curtail New York’s Martin Act.

Law 360: ‘Blurred lines’ ruling leaves big questions unanswered
A ruling in the Ninth Circuit Court on Wednesday affirmed a two year old ruling on music copyright law by close margins. Joseph Fishman, assistant professor of law, is quoted.

Timothy Meyer, professor of law, is featured as part of a National Constitution Center discussion on the history of trade in the United States and the constitutionality of President Trump’s recent actions on tariffs and trade.

The Tennessean: Tennessee child marriage ban brought back to life, advances in legislative committee
A surprisingly controversial bill that would ban child marriage in Tennessee is moving forward with bipartisan support. Jenny Diamond Cheng, lecturer in law, is quoted.

The Jerusalem Post: Special report says IDF followed int’l law in Gaza War, but had major gaps
The State Comptroller has ruled that the IDF’s targeting and its probes of its attacks followed international law. Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law, is mentioned.

WXNAfm interviewed Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law and Director of the Climate Change Research Network, about his book, Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change. The interview begins around 7:15.

Quartz: Wary of being tainted, some world leaders may not want to negotiate with Trump on trade
President Donald Trump announced new tariffs on U.S. steel and aluminum imports in his trademark “make me a deal” style. So, will other leaders want to sit across from the U.S. to make such a deal? Timothy Meyer, professor of law, is quoted.

Pacific Standard: We asked three experts to discuss the role of criminal intent and insanity in our legal system
Christopher Slobogin
, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is featured as an expert in this piece about how different areas of law interact with the insanity defense.

Altitude (podcast) interviewed Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law, and Jonathan Gilligan, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, about their taking a creative approach to solving climate change.

The Wall Street Journal: States consider laws allowing courts to take guns from dangerous people
Lawmakers are pushing bills that would allow courts to temporarily take guns from people deemed dangerous. Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted. A similar report also published on MSN .