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Innovative Academic Proposals Highlighted at ELI-Vanderbilt Law School 2023 Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review Conference

Mar. 15, 2023—The March 31 conference, to be held in-person and via webcast, will feature discussions on U.S. climate adaptation policy, algorithmic decision-making tools, and ESG mutual fund performance.

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After Silicon Valley Bank, scrap the bank insurance deposit limit

Mar. 15, 2023—Opinion Piece co-authored by Vanderbilt Law Professor Morgan Ricks

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Inside the legal loophole US regulators used to bail out SVB depositors

Mar. 14, 2023—The Biden Administration used the Systematic Risk Exemption in the wake of SVB Financial. Vanderbilt Law Professor Morgan Ricks is quoted throughout.

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Abortion pill access case: Judge wants ‘less advertisement’

Mar. 14, 2023—A federal judge overseeing a high-stakes case that could threaten access to medication abortion across the nation asked lawyers for the “courtesy” of not publicizing upcoming arguments. Vanderbilt Law Professor Terry Maroney is quoted.

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The Old Policy Issues Behind the New Banking Turmoil

Mar. 13, 2023—Vanderbilt Law Professor Morgan Ricks unpacks the policy issues with deposit insurance

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Is Silicon Valley Bank getting a government bailout? Not in the 2008 sense.

Mar. 12, 2023—Morgan Ricks explains how the Federal Government intends to shore up Silicon Valley Bank's deposits

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Stanford Neuroscientist Anthony Wagner to Deliver Inaugural Weaver Distinguished Lecture in Law, Brain Sciences, and Behavior March 21

Mar. 7, 2023—Wagner is deputy director of Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute at Stanford University, where he is the Lucie Stern Professor in the Department of Psychology.

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WLSA Women’s History Month Events Feature DOJ Human Rights Lawyer Courtney Urschel ’01, Women Sports Lawyers, and a First-Gen Lawyer

Mar. 3, 2023—Coffee chats throughout March will offer tips for navigating job interviews, choosing courses, and finding the right career path.

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When Prior Art Applies to Copyright Law

Mar. 2, 2023—Once exclusively used in matters of Patent Law, the idea has found its way into cases involving music

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Vanderbilt Announces Creation of The Vanderbilt Policy Accelerator for Political Economy and Regulation

Feb. 28, 2023—Law School Professor Ganesh Sitaraman to lead effort to advance research, education and ideas in economic policy and regulation

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Ashley Wiltshire ’72 chronicles pioneering career as a legal aid attorney in new book, “Everyday Justice”

Feb. 27, 2023—Wiltshire headed the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands for 37 years before his retirement in 2007.

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18 members of the Class of 2022 selected for Order of the Coif

Feb. 23, 2023—Members of the Order of the Coif are selected by faculty approval and represent the top 10 percent of their graduating class. The Order of the Coif is a national honorary scholastic society.

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Job Satisfaction Lower Among Black Women and Asian Women Law Graduates

Feb. 22, 2023—New study from Joni Hersch suggests that nondiscrimination in pay may not be sufficient to maintain a diverse legal workforce

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What Role Does the Nation’s Preeminent Business Court Play in the 21st Century?

Feb. 20, 2023—Study co-authored by Randall Thomas examines trends in litigation at the Delaware Court of Chancery

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Evan Donaldson ’24 and Mary-Preston Austin ‘23 to compete in National Trial Competition finals

Feb. 15, 2023—Donaldson and Austin defeated Moot Court teams from four law schools to qualify for the national tournament in San Antonio, Texas, which starts March 29.

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Key takeaways from Yesha Yadav’s testimony before the Senate Banking Committee on the cryptocurrency meltdown

Feb. 14, 2023—Yadav was one of three financial regulation experts who testified before the full committee in the aftermath of the crypto crash on why financial safeguards are needed for digital assets.

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BLSA Black History Month Events feature talks by federal Judge Waverly Crenshaw ’81 (BA’78) and L.A. Superior Court Judge Rupert Byrdsong ’94

Feb. 9, 2023—Other events include a lecture by criminal defense scholar Andrea Dennis, “Prosecuting Rap: Racial and Constitutional Implications and a Zoom Q&A with ABA President Deborah Enix-Ross.

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Weaver Family Program in Law, Brain Sciences, and Behavior established at VLS with $3.85 million endowment from Weaver Foundation

Feb. 9, 2023—The new interdisciplinary program will be directed by Owen Jones, who holds appointments in the Law School and the Department of Biology. The program will sponsor faculty research and distinguished lectures featuring leaders in the field and host symposia.

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Fee matrix developed by Professor Brian Fitzpatrick and Brooke Levy ’22 adopted by Federal Court

Feb. 7, 2023—A D.C. District Court judge has ordered use of the “Fitzpatrick Matrix” to calculate attorneys’ fees, signifying the new tool’s formal acceptance.

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Ellen Ward ’24 and Samantha Paradela ’24 win 2023 Bass Berry & Sims Moot Court Competition

Feb. 6, 2023—The final round was argued before Judge Andre B. Mathis of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Robin S. Rosenbaum of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Eli J. Richardson ’92 of the Middle District of Tennessee. Rachel Wagner and Madison Porth were finalists.

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Longer Grace Periods for Payday Loans Don’t Change Repayment Behavior

Feb. 6, 2023—New findings from Vanderbilt Law’s Paige Skiba offer implications for policymakers seeking to improve subprime credit markets

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Judge Releases Decision Approving Meta’s Virtual-Reality Deal

Feb. 5, 2023—Rebecca Allensworth on the decision behind FTC’s loss of its bid to block acquisition

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