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Alex Gardner ’19 wins Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award writing competition

Nov. 14, 2019—The annual competition sponsored by the International Association of Gaming Advisors recognizes the best scholarly research paper in gaming law written by law students as part of their coursework. Gardner’s article addressed the history of parimutuel wagering.

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Read Brian Fitzpatrick’s National Review opinion piece, “The Conservative Case for Class Actions?”

Nov. 14, 2019—In his new book, released this fall by Chicago University Press, Fitzpatrick makes "The Conservative Case for Class Actions," asserting that "They're better than the alternative: regulation by bureaucrats."

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GlobalVU, co-led by Ingrid Wuerth, establishes Global Fellows Program

Nov. 11, 2019—Wuerth, Helen Strong Curry Professor of International Law, and Ted Fischer, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Anthropology, lead the GlobalVU intiative, which is funded by the Provost and Vanderbilt's Transinstitutional Programs (TIPS) program. The Global Fellows Program will bring international scholars, authors, artists, politicians and other thought leaders to Vanderbilt.

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Chancellor Emeritus Nicholas S. Zeppos appointed University Distinguished Professor and Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Law

Nov. 11, 2019—Vanderbilt has also announced that one of its newest residential colleges will be named in Zeppos' honor. He will began teaching in fall 2020, after a yearlong sabbatical.

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Brian Fitzpatrick argues class actions are a potent and necessary legal enforcement mechanism in new book

Nov. 1, 2019—In "The Conservative Case for Class Actions," Fitzpatrick debunks arguments that class action lawsuits are frivolous, primarily aimed at making money for lawyers rather than representing plaintiffs, and fail to prevent wrongdoing. Fitzpatrick asserts class actions "are a powerful component of the justice system," and proposes reforms designed to make them "acceptable to everyone."

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Chris Serkin named to the Elisabeth H. and Granville S. Ridley Jr. Chair in Law

Oct. 25, 2019—Serkin is associate dean for academic affairs. His scholarship address property theory, local governments, the Taking Clause, land use regulation and eminent domain.

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First Amendment Clinic files amicus brief in Georgia v. Public Resource addressing public access to state law

Oct. 17, 2019—Supreme Court case addresses the right of citizens to freely access official statutory codes as a means of ensuring effective participation in democratic self-government.

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Amicus brief co-authored by Jessica Clarke asserts that Title VII prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and transgender identity

Oct. 4, 2019—Clarke and her co-authors argue that the Title VII prohibition on discrimination based on sex also means employers cannot discriminate against employees based on sexual orientation or transgender identity.

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James Blumstein addresses voting rights in testimony before Senate subcommittee Sept. 5

Oct. 4, 2019—Blumstein discussed the implications of his 1971 Supreme Court victory in Dunn v. Blumstein, which struck down a residency requirement imposed by the State of Tennessee, in testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

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Matthew LaRue ’20 wins 2019 ABA Water Resources Student Writing Competition

Oct. 4, 2019— LaRue’s article, “The Stream of Commerce,” analyzes the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act and suggests that a new interpretation of navigable waters, one that would include all commercial waters, could bring a much-needed change to the existing legal framework.

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Constitutional law experts Suzanna Sherry and Ganesh Sitaraman of Vanderbilt and Mark Tushnet of Harvard discuss Supreme Court reforms

Sep. 27, 2019—Three prominent constitutional lawyers will address ways to reduce the politicization of the Supreme Court in a panel discussion Oct. 1.

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Owen Jones named to the Glenn M. Weaver, M.D. and Mary Ellen Weaver Chair in Law, Brain, and Behavior

Sep. 25, 2019—Jones is a pioneering scholar in the field of law and neuroscience, a co-author of the first textbook in the field, and director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network for Law and Neuroscience.

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Michelle Pettit ’01 nominated to seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Sep. 25, 2019—Pettit currently works in the National Security and Cybercrimes Seciton of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of California. She has served as a judge in the U.S. Navy Reserves since 2015.

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Sean Seymore appointed to the New York Alumni Chancellor’s Chair in Law

Sep. 23, 2019—Seymore’s research focuses on how patent law should evolve in response to scientific advances. He has a secondary appointment in the Department of Chemistry

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Panelists Danny Glover, David Cole and Bruce Raynor to discuss political activism and advocacy at VLS Oct. 10

Sep. 19, 2019—The 2019 George Barrett Social Justice Lecture, “Political Activism, Legal Advocacy and Labor Organizing: A Conversation on Creating Change,” is a panel discussion featuring actor/activist Danny Glover, ACLU Legal Director David Cole and labor leader Bruce Raynor.

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John Roberts Jr., Chief Justice of the United States, visits VLS Sept. 10

Sep. 13, 2019—Chief Justice Roberts fielded questions from Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit addressing his work at the Supreme Court and his legal career prior to becoming a judge.

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Twenty-one members of the Class of 2019 selected for Order of the Coif

Sep. 13, 2019—Members of the Order of the Coif are selected by faculty approval and represent the top 10 percent of their graduating class.

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Ganesh Sitaraman’s co-authored book touts public options that strengthen society

Sep. 4, 2019—"The Public Option," a book Sitaraman wrote with Anne Alstott of Yale Law School, proposes that robust public options for banking, retirement, child care and other services would position more Americans to participate equally in society.

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Two military veterans join the VLS Class of 2022 as Bass Military Scholars

Aug. 28, 2019—Former U.S. Army field artillery office Devin T. Adams and former U.S. Navy special operations naval aviator Alyssa Hartley are among the first cohort of Bass Military Scholars. The scholarship program supports military veterans seeking professional degrees in Vanderbilt's law, medical, nursing, education and business schools.

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W. Kip Viscusi honored with the Earl Sutherland Prize for Achievement in Research

Aug. 27, 2019—The Sutherland Prize is Vanderbilt University’s most prestigious faculty honor for accomplishments in research and scholarship. Viscusi is the University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics and Management and co-directs the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics.

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96 Vanderbilt Law students received 2019 summer stipends to support pro bono legal work

Aug. 2, 2019—Students are working in the legal departments of federal and state agencies, and in judicial chambers, prosecutors' and public defenders offices, for legal nonprofit organizations and in corporate legal departments.

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32 Vanderbilt Law students serve summer internships for course credit

Aug. 2, 2019—Students received course credit for their work in the legal departments of federal agencies and judicial chambers, with U.S. Attorney’s and states’ attorneys general offices, for legal nonprofit organizations and in corporate legal departments

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More than 60 Vanderbilt Law grads to serve clerkships in 2019-20 or future terms

Aug. 1, 2019—As of July 31, 2019, 2019 graduates have secured 28 clerkships, including 22 in federal courts and 6 in state courts, while members of the Class of 2020 have secured 29 clerkships. Recent VLS graduates secured 7 clerkships during the 2018-19 academic year.

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Joseph Fishman co-authors amicus brief addressing Stairway to Heaven copyright infringement case

Jul. 31, 2019—Fishman, Chris Buccafusco of Cardozo Law and Mark Lemley of Stanford Law authored the brief, signed by 16 additional intellectual property scholars, urging the Ninth Circuit to clarify the proof needed to show copyright infringement.

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There Should Be a Public Option for Everything: Read New York Times op/ed by Ganesh Sitaraman and Anne Alstott

Jul. 11, 2019—Sitaraman and Alstott are the authors of "The Public Option: How to Expand Freedom, Increase Opportunity and Promote Equality," just released by Harvard University Press. They contend that, despite the recent trend toward privatization, public options have been popular throughout American history.

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