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Stephanie Park ’84 elected to Council of the American Law Institute

May. 26, 2017—Parker, a partner of Jones Day based in Atlanta, will serve a five-year term on the Council, which determines projects and activities undertaken by ALI.

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44 VLS graduates will serve 47 clerkships in 2017-18 or future terms

May. 23, 2017—Michael Bressman, director of Vanderbilt Law School’s Clerkship Program, has announced that 44 Vanderbilt Law students and recent graduates, including 24 members of the Class of 2017, will serve in 47 clerkships in 2017-18 or future terms. VLS students and graduates will serve federal clerkships with a Supreme Court justice; appellate judges on the Third,...

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Darrius Woods ’17 named Equal Justice Works Fellow for Atlanta Legal Aid Society

May. 23, 2017—Darrius Woods has been named an Equal Justice Works Fellow by Equal Justice Works. His two-year fellowship, which will pay his salary and benefits to work full-time at the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, is funded by Home Depot and the international law firm Eversheds Sutherland. Woods plans to develop a program aimed at helping people...

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Marian Mikhail and Carly Myers named Class of 2017 George Barrett Social Justice Fellows

May. 17, 2017—Mikhail will start a new program at The Bronx Defenders. Myers will advocate for low-income people with disabilities at the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund in Berkeley, California.

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Twenty-two 2017 graduates honored with awards at Commencement

May. 12, 2017—Laura Dolbow wins Founder’s Medal, signifying First Honors.

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Chris Slobogin study addresses privacy rights for data stored in “the cloud”

May. 11, 2017—Slobogin recommends clearer rules that specify when data stored in the cloud can be obtained and used by law enforcement.

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Ganesh Sitaraman’s new book, “The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution,” sounds alarm

May. 8, 2017—In his thoughtful new book, Sitaraman argues that growing economic inequality threatens American democracy.

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Daniel J. Sharfstein’s new book explores intertwined history of race relations and property rights

May. 4, 2017—In "Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard and the Nez Perce War," Sharfstein examines Reconstruction through the relationship between a Nez Perce leader and a Union Army general.

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VLS ABA Moot Court teams celebrate successes in National Appellate Advocacy Competition

Apr. 28, 2017—3Ls Neil Greenwell, Andrew Marino and Katherine Martin were quarterfinalists; Claire Armstrong, C.J. Donald and Sarah Rosales were octofinalists.

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Allensworth, Cheng, George and Wuerth honored with Hall-Hartman Awards

Apr. 26, 2017—Four Vanderbilt Law professors– Rebecca Allensworth, Edward Cheng, Tracey George and Ingrid Wuerth–received 2017 Hall-Hartman Awards for Outstanding Teaching at an awards presentation April 21.

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Daniel Gervais’s new book rethinks international copyright system

Apr. 20, 2017—Gervais suggests replacing the current copyright system with a simpler set of international rules in (Re)Structuring Copyright: A Comprehensive Path to International Copyright Reform, released in April 2017 by Elgar Publishing.

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Ganesh Sitaraman’s new book addressing impact of shrinking middle class on the Constitution

Apr. 5, 2017—In "The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic," Sitaraman argues that the U.S. Constitution wasn't designed for a country with significant economic inequality.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren tells law students to ‘use your voices’

Apr. 3, 2017—Warren visited the law school and spoke as the 2017 Cecil Sims Lecturer

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J.B. Ruhl says the legal academy need to embrace complexity science

Mar. 30, 2017—Ruhl and two co-authors make the argument for legal researchers to use complexity science in an article published exclusively in Science on March 30.

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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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