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Samantha Sergent ‘19 is Vanderbilt’s first Helen Strong Curry International Law Scholar

Mar. 29, 2017—Sergent is the first VLS student to receive the Curry Scholarship, which will be awarded each year to a first-year student who plans a career in international law.

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Suzanna Sherry wins SEC Faculty Achievement Award

Mar. 29, 2017—Sherry, who is Vanderbilt's Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law, was recognized for her outstanding record of teaching, research and scholarship. She is Vanderbilt University's 2017 SEC Faculty Achievement Award winner.

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Wesley Dozier ’19 receives Garrison Social Justice Scholarship

Mar. 29, 2017—Dozier is the third VLS student to receive the scholarship, which provides tuition and summer stipend support to students planning to practice in the public interest.

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Bill Hagerty ’84 appointed as U.S. Ambassador to Japan

Mar. 24, 2017—Hagerty served as Tennessee Commission of Economic and Community Development from 2011-14.

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California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu to speak at Law Review Symposium March 31

Mar. 24, 2017—Justice Lui's talk, "State Constitutions and the Protection of Individual Rights: A Reappraisal," is part of the Branstetter Judicial Speaker Series and the keynote address for the Law Review Symposium, which focuses on empirical research of justice in state courts.

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Ten VLS students volunteer at Mississippi Center for Justice for Pro Bono Spring Break

Mar. 23, 2017—Students worked for low-income Mississippi residents on education, expungement and heirship-related cases.

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International law expert Timothy Meyer testifies on behalf of Judge Neil Gorsuch

Mar. 23, 2017—Meyer, a professor of law and Enterprise Scholar, was a law clerk to Judge Gorsuch in 2007-08.

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Read Angus Deaton’s review of Ganesh Sitaraman’s new book “The Crisis of the Middle Class Constitution” in the New York Times

Mar. 21, 2017—Sitaraman's book addressing the threat of economic inequality is reviewed by Angus Deaton, who received the Nobel in economic science in 2015.

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Brian Fitzpatrick testifies before congressional subcommittee about 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Mar. 20, 2017—Congress is considering dividing the 9th Circuit, which includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, to create a new federal appellate circuit.

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U.N. High Commission for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein to deliver 2017 Charney Lecture

Mar. 15, 2017—High Commissioner Al Hussein previously served as Jordan's permanent representative to the United Nations. He will talk about "Global Challenges to Human Rights."

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Study co-authored by Owen Jones addresses criminal intent

Mar. 14, 2017—Neuroimaging study co-authored by Jones with a team of researchers from Yale and Virginia Tech showed that brain activity reveals whether a subject knows he is committing a crime or is merely being reckless.

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Rene Augustine ’90 appointed to President Trump’s legal staff

Mar. 8, 2017—Augustine will serve as President Trump's special assistant and senior associate counsel.

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Tennessee state senator Doug Henry ’51 dead at 90

Mar. 7, 2017—Sen. Henry served for 44 years in Tennessee’s state legislature.

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International Law Practice Lab submits amicus brief in case challenging Ethiopia’s counter-terrorism statute

Mar. 3, 2017—Brief supports plaintiffs in Mohamed v. Ethiopia, a case before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

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Zoe Beiner ’18 and Nell Henson ’18 win 2017 Bass Berry & Sims Moot Court Competition

Mar. 1, 2017—Michael Buschmann ’18 and Sam Mallick ’18 are 2017 Moot Court semifinalists.

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J.B. Ruhl encourages new lawyers to start “hacking around”

Feb. 17, 2017—Ruhl details how young lawyers can meet community needs through "legal hackathons" in an article in TYL, the American Bar Association's publication for young lawyers.

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Terry Maroney selected for 2017 class of Chancellor Faculty Fellows

Feb. 17, 2017—Maroney’s interdisciplinary scholars focuses on law and emotion.

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Tim Meyer examines ways to improve free trade agreements

Feb. 15, 2017—Meyer's article, "Saving Free Trade," will be published in April by the Vanderbilt Law Review.

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Lauren Rogal to launch Community Enterprise Clinic at Vanderbilt Law

Feb. 13, 2017—Rogal is currently a Clinical Teaching Fellow at Georgetown Law, where she is earning an LL.M. in advocacy.

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Research by Michael Vandenbergh and Jonathan Gilligan wins prestigious Morrison Prize

Feb. 10, 2017—Their winning article, “Beyond Gridlock,” highlights the importance of private action in battling climate change.

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Former Gorsuch clerk Tim Meyer discusses SCOTUS nominee

Feb. 7, 2017—Meyer clerked for Gorsuch on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2007-08

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Karla McKanders to join Vanderbilt as clinical professor of law

Feb. 6, 2017—Karla McKanders will join Vanderbilt’s law faculty as a clinical professor of law in summer 2017. Her appointment was announced by Dean Chris Guthrie. At Vanderbilt, McKanders will launch a new Immigration Law Clinic. She will be affiliated with the George Barrett Social Justice and International Legal Studies programs. In addition, she will work closely...

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Four VLS students selected for 2017 Hult Prize competition

Jan. 27, 2017—Nat Robinson ’18 and Yalda Godusi ’18 will present their start-up proposal in Dubai; Taber Hunt ’17 and John Davidson ’18 will present in London.

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Sean Seymore appointed to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences’ Advisory Council

Jan. 13, 2017—The Advisory Council provides peer review for NIGMS research initiatives aimed at disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

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