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Penalties for sexual harassment are too low according to study by economist Joni Hersch

Mar. 15, 2019—Hersch recommends the cap on damage awards for sexual harassment be increased to reflect their actual cost to employers, employees and industries.

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Jim Rossi appointed to the Judge D.L. Lansden Chair in Law

Mar. 12, 2019—Rossi is nationally recognized for his research on administrative and energy law. He is currently serving as the law school’s associate dean for research.

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Hunter Thornton, JD/MSF ’19, and team of Owen MBA students win first place at VCIC regional competititon

Feb. 25, 2019—Thornton and his five teammates, all students at the Owen Graduate School of Management, will compete in the global finals of the Venture Capital Investment Competition in April.

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Abigail Wood ’21 and Chandler Ray ’21 win 2019 Mock Trial competition

Feb. 22, 2019—Brent Duddles ’21 and Michael Clark ’21 were finalists. The competition was sponsored by King & Spalding.

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Darker skin continues to depress wages, according to study by VLS economist Joni Hersch

Feb. 14, 2019—Hersch’s study revealed that legal immigrants with darker skin are paid up to 25 percent less than otherwise comparable light-skinned immigrants and that the wage penalty continued to widen after these immigrants received permanent legal status.

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Peter Cornick ’20 and Elizabeth Holden ’20 win 2019 Bass Berry & Sims Moot Court Competition

Feb. 12, 2019—Joline Desruisseuax '20 and Braden Morell '20 were finalists. The round was argued before federal appellate Judges Stephen A. Higginson of the Fifth Circuit, David J. Barron of the First Circuit and Amy Coney Barrett of the Seventh Circuit.

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International intellectual property law expert Daniel Gervais to give Charles Clark Memorial Lecture

Feb. 11, 2019—Gervais, who holds the Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law, directs Vanderbilt's Intellectual Property Program and co-directs its LL.M. Program.

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David Williams II, trailblazing former vice chancellor and athletics director at Vanderbilt University, died Feb. 8

Feb. 8, 2019—Williams was a professor of law. He had rejoined the law faculty after retiring from his role as vice chancellor and athletics director last fall.

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V-Legal teaches non-law professionals to ‘think like a lawyer’

Jan. 29, 2019—A new online program developed and taught by Vanderbilt law faculty offers professionals in other fields an in-depth introduction to the American legal system.

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Jessica Clarke proposes legal reforms to protect rights of nonbinary people

Jan. 29, 2019—Clarke's Harvard Law Review article, "They, Them and Theirs," proposes examining the contexts in which law uses sex or gender categories to identify what interests they serve.

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Chris Guthrie reapppointed as dean of Vanderbilt Law School

Jan. 25, 2019—Guthrie will began his third term as dean and John Wade-Kent Syverud Professor of Law on July 1, 2019. His appointment was announced by Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente.

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Dalton family commits $12.75 million to support the Law and Business Program

Jan. 23, 2019—The commitment from former Vanderbilt Board of Trust chairman Mark Dalton ’75 and his family includes a bequest that will endow the program, which prepares students to enter legal practice with a solid understanding of business law, corporate management and accounting principles, in perpetuity.

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VLS alum and students partner with Vanderbilt Medical team to support Medical/Legal Partnership

Jan. 21, 2019—Retired trial lawyer Kent Halkett ’81 supports student volunteers providing pro bono legal support to low-income patients of the Shade Tree Clinic, through which students at Vanderbilt Medical School provide free care for uninsured patients.

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Samuel W. Bartholomew Jr. ’73 dead at 74

Jan. 20, 2019—Bartholomew founded the law firm Stokes Bartholomew and led successful efforts to establish a hub airport in Nashville and bring NFL football to the city.

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Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Gary Cheek to lead Bass Military Scholars Program

Jan. 20, 2019—The program will support up to 40 scholarships for military veterans pursuing graduate and professional degrees at the Law School, Owen Graduate School of Management, the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, and Peabody College.

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Jessica Clarke’s paper explores explicit bias in discrimination claims

Jan. 18, 2019—Clarke argues that courts too often exclude or minimize evidence of explicit bias when considering discrimination claims in a recent Northwestern Law Review article.

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Sen. Jeff Flake calls for civility, tough leadership in Chancellor’s Lecture Series appearance

Jan. 18, 2019—Chanellor Nicholas S. Zeppos, Sen. Flake, NPR producer Zoe Chace and Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Visiting Professor Jon Meacham engaged in thoughtful discussion that drew a capacity crowd to Vanderbilt's Langford Auditorium.

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Ingrid Wuerth on the D.C. Circuit’s release of its redacted opinion In re Grand Jury Subpoena

Jan. 14, 2019—Professor Wuerth, Helen Strong Curry Professor of Law, discusses the opinion, which she says "does not decide the important question of whether the Foreign Sovreign Immunities Act affords immunity to foreign states and state-owned enterprises in criminal cases," in a post on the Lawfare blog.

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VLS students join pro bono legal team to help low-income victims of massive fraud scheme

Jan. 11, 2019—Students support Social Security Disability Appeals of low-income Kentuckians whose benefits were revoked after their lawyer was convicted of fraud.

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Research by Michael Vandenbergh indicates carbon labeling can reduce greenhouse gases

Jan. 2, 2019—In a new commentary published in Nature Climate Change, Vandenbergh and co-author Kristian Steensen Nielsen identify ways individuals can reduce greenhouse gases.

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Kevin Stack appointed public member of the Administrative Council of the United States

Dec. 11, 2018—Professor Stack has been appointed to a two-year term on the ACUS, an independent federal agency that advices the government on how to improve the administrative process.

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Article by Tim Meyer selected as one of the top five environmental articles for 2018 academic year

Dec. 3, 2018—Meyer’s Columbia Law Review article, “Free Trade, Fair Trade and Selective Enforcement,” will be reprinted in the twelfth edition of the Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review. Jim Rossi’s Minnesota Law Review article, “Carbon Taxation by Regulation,” received honorable mention.

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Allen Gates ’72 installed as president of the American College of Environmental Lawyers

Dec. 3, 2018—Gates, who is a partner at Mitchell Williams in Little Rock, Arkansas, is one of four attorneys in Arkansas admitted to membership in thenational environmental law organization. He will serve a one-year term.

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Michael Vandenbergh elected fellow in the American College of Environmental Lawyers

Dec. 3, 2018—Vandenbergh directs Vanderbilt University’s interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Network and co-directs the Energy, Environment and Land Use Program at VLS.

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VLS launches Law and Innovation immersion-based courses for practicing attorneys and legal professionals

Nov. 29, 2018—Practical courses for legal professionals developed through Vanderbilt's Program on Law and Innovation will be offered at the Wond'ry on the Vanderbilt campus. The first course, Legal Project Management 2.0 Immersion, is slated for Feb. 2-3, 2019.

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