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Media Contacts

Vanderbilt has a campus broadcast facility with a dedicated fiber optic line for live TV interviews and a radio ISDN line. Vanderbilt News Service (615-322-2706) has 24/7 on-call information.

To arrange an interview, contact Senior Public Affairs Representative Jim Patterson or Amy Wolf.

Lisa Shultz Bressman Administrative Law, Statutory Interpretation

Lisa Bressman , Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law, is an innovative scholar in administrative law and statutory interpretation. Her most recent work, with Abbe Gluck of Yale Law School, includes an article in two parts discussing the results of the largest empirical study to date of congressional drafting and the implications for statutory interpretation and administrative law. Her prior work attempts to better account for the legal fiction of congressional delegation in statutory interpretation and to reimagine congressional delegation as a genuine feature of judicial deference doctrine. Email

Kevin StackAdministrative Law and Regulatory Process, Regulatory Interpretation, Presidential Power Over Agencies

Kevin Stack , Associate Dean for Research, Professor of Law, writes on administrative law, regulation, separation of powers, presidential powers, European Union administrative law, and the theoretical foundations of public law. His recent work has examined the interpretation of regulations, statutory interpretation, the constitutional foundations of agency independence, and theories of regulation. He was recognized with the ABA's 2013 Annual Scholarship Award for the best published work in administrative law for his Michigan Law Review article, "Interpreting Regulations." Email

Professor Brian FitzpatrickClass Actions, Attorneys’ Fees, U.S. Supreme Court, Judicial Selection, Federal Court Litigation

Brian Fitzpatrick , 2014-15 FedEx Research Professor and Professor of Law, focuses his research on class action litigation, federal courts, judicial selection and constitutional law. He began his career as a judicial clerk for Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. After his clerkships, Fitzpatrick practiced commercial and appellate litigation for several years at Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C., and served as Special Counsel for Supreme Court Nominations to U.S. Senator John Cornyn. Email

Suzanna Sherry Constitutional Law, U.S. Supreme Court Decisions

Suzanna Sherry , Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law, has earned national recognition as one of the most well-known scholars in the field of constitutional law and the U.S. Supreme Court. The author of more than 75 books and articles, she also writes extensively on federal courts and federal court procedures. Her most recent book, Judgment Calls, coauthored with Daniel Farber, explores the proper role of the judiciary. Professor Sherry is considered one of the top scholars in the field of constitutional law and the Supreme Court. Email

Margaret Blair Corporate Law, Corporate Governance, Regulation of Financial Markets

Margaret Blair , Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise, is an economist and leading scholar in corporate law and finance. A former senior fellow of the Brookings Institution, she is an expert on corporate governance. She had a prior career as a journalist, serving as bureau chief for Business Week magazine in the late 1970s and early 1980s. E-mail

Randall Thomas Corporate and Securities Law, Executive Compensation, Stock Option Plans

Randall Thomas , John S. Beasley II Professor of Law and Business; Director, Law & Business Program, has earned a reputation of being one of the most productive and thoughtful corporate and securities law scholars in the nation. His recent work addresses issues such as hedge fund shareholder activism, executive compensation, corporate voting, corporate litigation, shareholder voting, and mergers and acquisitions. A paper, "Hedge Fund Activism, Corporate Governance, and Firm Performance," co-authored by Professor Thomas was a finalist for the prestigious Brattle Prize, awarded annually by the Journal of Finance, in 2008. E-mail

Christopher Slobogin Criminal Law & Procedure, Death Penalty, Insanity Defense, Police Investigation, Surveillance, Juvenile Justice

Christopher Slobogin , Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law, Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Criminal Justice Program, has authored more than 100 articles, books and chapters on topics relating to criminal procedure, mental health law and evidence. Professor Slobogin is one of the five most cited criminal law and procedure law professors in the country, according to the Leiter Report. Psychological Evaluations for the Courts (3rd edition, 2007), which he co-authored with another lawyer and two psychologists, is considered the standard-bearer in forensic mental health. Email

Professor Terry MaroneyCriminal Law, Juvenile Justice, Wrongful Convictions, Judicial Behavior

Terry Maroney , Professor of Law, Professor of Medicine, Health and Society, and Co-director, George Barrett Social Justice Program, specializes in criminal law, juvenile justice and the role of emotion in law, drawing heavily on interdisciplinary scholarship. Her current work examines the impact of emotion on judicial decision making following earlier research exploring judges’ “emotional common sense.” Professor Maroney has also examined the use of adolescent brain science in juvenile cases, a subject of great interest in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s citation to such evidence in cases involving the juvenile death penalty and life without parole.

Tracey George Federal and State Judicial Selection, Judicial Elections, Impact of Politics on Supreme and Appellate Courts, Law School Reform, Legal Education

Tracey George , Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Chair in Law and Liberty, Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science and Director, Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program brings a social science perspective to a range of topics including federal courts, legal education, and contract law. She has published numerous studies of Article III courts and judges in which she examines how institutional design influences actions and outcomes. She is a recognized expert on the study of legal education, and currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Legal Education and the LSAC Grants Subcommittee. Email

Rob Mikos Federalism, Constitutional Law, Drug Law and Policy

Robert Mikos , Professor of Law and Director, Program in Law and Government, is one of the nation’s top emerging scholars of federalism. His most recent scholarship exposes the unintended consequences stemming from having conflicting state and federal laws governing abortion, illicit drugs, firearms, and other subjects. Mikos has published articles concerning state medical marijuana laws, the states’ role in enforcing federal immigration law, and public support for federalism. E-mail

Professor Yesha YadavFinancial Regulation, Corporate Bankruptcy, Securities Regulation, Derivatives, Trading and Markets, including High Frequency and Algorithmic Trading

Yesha Yadav , Associate Professor of Law, researches in the area of financial and securities regulation, notably with respect to the evolving response of regulatory policy to innovations in financial engineering, market microstructure and globalization. Before joining Vanderbilt's law faculty in 2011, Professor Yadav worked as legal counsel with the World Bank in its finance, private-sector development and infrastructure unit, where she specialized in financial regulation and insolvency and creditor-debtor rights. Email

Michael Vandenbergh Global Warming, Climate Change, Environmental and Energy Law

Michael Vandenbergh , David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law; Co-director, Energy, Environment and Land Use Program; Director, Vanderbilt Climate Change Research Network, is a leading scholar in environmental law whose research explores the relationship between formal legal regulation and informal social regulation of individual and corporate environmental behavior. His work with Vanderbilt’s Climate Change Research Network involves interdisciplinary teams that focus on the reduction of carbon emissions from the individual and household sector. His corporate work explores the influence of social norms on firm behavior and the ways in which private contracting can enhance or undermine public governance. Email

James Blumstein Health Policy Law, Medical Ethics, Medical Malpractice, Health Care Regulation and Antitrust, Supreme Court Decisions, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Voting Rights

James Blumstein , University Professor of Constitutional Law and Health Law and Policy, Professor of Management and Director, Vanderbilt Health Policy Center, ranks among the nation’s most prominent scholars of health law, law and medicine, and voting rights. Professor Blumstein has served as the principal investigator on numerous grants concerning managed care, hospital management and medical malpractice. He co-authored a major study on TennCare, one of the first statewide experiments in universally enrolling Medicaid patients in managed care. He has been elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and is co-editor of a leading casebook on health law and policy. E-mail

Michael Newton International Criminal Tribunals, War Crimes, Military Law

Michael A. Newton , Professor of the Practice of Law, Director, Vanderbilt in Venice, is a member of the American Society of International Law’s Task Force on U.S. Policy Toward the International Criminal Court (ICC). Professor Newton helped establish the Iraqi Special Tribunal and led the training in international criminal law for its judges, including holding sessions in Baghdad. He is an expert on accountability, transnational justice, and conduct of hostilities issues. E-mail

Erin O'Hara O'Connor Law as a Global Commodity

Erin O'Hara O'Connor , Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law, Professor of Law and Director of Graduate Studies, Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics, addresses an unforeseen byproduct of globalization: the increasing ease with which corporations and individuals can “shop” among various countries and states for the laws most favorable to the actions they want to take, in The Law Market , a book coauthored with Larry Ribstein. O'Connor is an expert on choice of laws and on the influence of law on apology in dispute resolution. Email

Owen JonesLaw and Neuroscience

Owen Jones , Joe B. Wyatt Distinguished University Professor, New York Alumni Chancellor's Chair in Law, Professor of Biological Sciences and Director, MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, is a leading scholar on issues at the intersections of law with neuroscience and behavioral biology. Professor Jones’ work, published in scientific as well as legal venues, uses brain-imaging (fMRI), primatology, evolutionary biology, and behavioral economics to learn more about how the brain's varied operations affect behaviors relevant to law. Most recently, he and colleagues at Vanderbilt, Emory, and Harvard co-discovered the interactions of rational and emotional brain regions during punishment decisions. Jones secured three grants from the MacArthur Foundation, totaling over six million dollars, to design, create and direct a new national Research Network on Law and Neuroscience. Email

Ellen Clayton Medical Ethics, Law and Genetics, Health Legal Issues

Ellen Wright Clayton , Craig-Weaver Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Law. As a physician and attorney, Dr. Clayton is an internationally respected leader in the field of law and genetics who holds appointments in both the law and medical schools at Vanderbilt, where she also co-founded the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society. She provides a unique perspective to medical ethics issues. Her primary research interest is in the ethical, legal and social implications of recent developments in genetics. She also specializes in medical ethics and legal issues affecting children and families. She has been an active participant in policy debates, working with the National Institutes of Health and the Institute of Medicine. E-mail

Paige Skiba Payday Lending, Impact of Lottery Winnings on Bankruptcy

Paige Marta Skiba , Professor of Law, has conducted innovative research in the area of behavioral law and economics and commercial law, particularly on topics related to her economics dissertation, Behavior in High-Interest Credit Markets. Her current research focuses on the causes and consequences of borrowing on high-interest credit, such as payday loans, auto-title loans, and pawnshops, as well as the regulation of these industries. In her article, "The Ticket to Easy Street? The Financial Consequences of Winning the Lottery," Skiba and two coauthors found that winners of large cash prizes did not use winnings to address their indebtedness or increase equity, and thus delayed, rather than avoiding, bankruptcy. Email

Daniel Gervais TRIPS, Copyright and International Intellectual Property Law

Daniel Gervais , Professor of Law and Director, Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program , focuses on international intellectual property law, having spent 10 years researching and addressing policy issues on behalf of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFRRO), and Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC). He is the author of The TRIPS Agreement: Drafting History and Analysis, a leading guide to the treaty that governs international intellectual property rights. Email