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“Sorting Guilty Minds,” article co-authored by Owen Jones, cited in SCOTUS dissent

Jun. 19, 2021—The article, published in the NYU Law Review, was cited in a dissenting opinion written by Justice Brett Kavanaugh in Borden v. United States, which addressed the question of whether a criminal offense with a mens rea of recklessness qualifies as a "violent felony" under the Armed Career Criminal Act.

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Celebrating Juneteenth, a message from Diversity, Equity and Community Dean Yesha Yadav

Jun. 18, 2021—As we gather to celebrate Juneteenth with our friends and families, we are humbled by the sacredness of this day and its profound significance for the history of our country. With the despicable inhumanity and evil of slavery ending, Black Americans began the slow and painful journey towards the fullest and most equal attainment of...

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Sara Mayeux wins 2020 David J. Langum Sr. Prize in American Legal History for her book, Free Justice

Jun. 17, 2021—The prize is awarded annually to “the best book in American legal history that is accessible to the educated general public” by the Langum Foundation. Mayeux’s book chronicles the history of public defenders in 20th century America.

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97 VLS students to work pro bono for judges, government agencies and law offices, and nonprofits in summer 2021

Jun. 16, 2021—Students will be working for course credit or stipend support in state and federal courts and government, nonprofit and corporate law offices in 20 states, Puerto Rico,, Washington, D.C., and Canada.

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LAVA president Jay Larry ’17 (BA’14) aims to strengthen ties among Vanderbilt’s LGBTQIA+ alumni

Jun. 14, 2021—“I would not be the person I am today without Vanderbilt,” he adds. “Many formative experiences happened there that made me a better team player, better global citizen and more thoughtful about others and how I navigate the world.”

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New initiative on Climate Risk and Resilience Law calls for strengthened climate protections for U.S. financial system

Jun. 14, 2021—The ICRRL is a joint initiative of Vanderbilt Law School, Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, the Environmental Defense Fund and the Institute of Policy Integrity at NYU Law. Energy law expert Jim Rossi is one of five policy experts on the panel who have jointly called upon the SEC to strengthen protections from the dangers of climate change to the U.S. financial system.

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Research by economist Joni Hersch finds that Supreme Court ban on race-conscious college admissions would restrict pipeline of future leaders

Jun. 10, 2021—Hersch is the Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Law and Economics and co-director of the Law and Economics Program. She analyzed data on almost 500,000 college graduates to show a close connection between attending an elite undergradaute institution and the likelihood of earning a graduate or professional degree. Her research will soon be published in the Tulane Law Review.

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Allen King named 2021 George Barrett Social Justice Fellow

Jun. 3, 2021—King will develop an online intake system to help attorneys at Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors, a nonprofit immigration law office, serve more clients.

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Vel Lewis named 2021 George Barrett Social Justice Fellow

Jun. 3, 2021—Lewis will work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Washington, D.C., where she will serve in the U.S. Protection and Solutions Unit.

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Justin Ishbia ’04 elected to Vanderbilt University Board of Trust

May. 24, 2021—Kathleen Justice-Moore and Adolpho Birch III, both Class of 1991, elected to second terms on the Board of Trust, and Birch was elected to a second three-year term as the board's secretary.

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A Sense of Belonging at Vanderbilt

May. 19, 2021—The endowment of a permanent director of the Diversity, Equity and Community Office in honor of the late Professor Robert Belton enables VLS to build on its long-term commitment to diversity, inclusion and racial justice.

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Thomas Scott Davidson receives Class of 2021 Founder’s Medal for First Honors

May. 15, 2021—Davidson was a Chancellor’s Law Scholar and received the Dean’s Leadership Award. He was 2020-21 managing editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. He received the Law and Business certificate and plans to join Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville after graduation.

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23 members of the Class of 2021 recognized with academic and citizenship awards

May. 12, 2021—Thomas Scott Davidson, who received the Founder's Medal for First Honors; Ramon Ryan, who received the Bennett Douglas Bell Memorial Award; and Alton Spencer Davies, who received the Weldon B. White Prize, are recognized at the Commencement ceremony.

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Clayton Wiggins ’16 represents the United States in criminal appeals as a Judge Advocate at the Department of the Navy’s Appellate Government Division

May. 12, 2021—Wiggins, a Major in the U.S. Marine Corps, earned his law degree at Vanderbilt through the Funded Legal Education Program and was a military prosecutor stationed in Okinawa, Japan, before moving to his current position.

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Paul Edelman discusses the reapportionment of Congressional seats on Top of Mind radio program

May. 6, 2021—Edelman explains why the number of seats in the House of Representatives is limited to 435 and the method used to reapportion seats among states every 10 years based on census results in a 20-minute interview with Julie Rose, host of the BYUradio program Top of Mind.

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15 members of the Class of 2021 complete Pro Bono Pledge

Apr. 28, 2021—Vel Lewis ’21 was recognized for logging the highest number of pro bono hours—654—as a VLS student. Emily Burgess ’22 and Toni Cross ‘23 led their classes in pro bono hours worked with 561 and 70 hours, respectively.

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Vanderbilt law grads serving in 52 clerkships for 2020-21 or future years

Apr. 28, 2021—Thirty-three members of the Class of 2020 secured 35 clerkships in federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts, and six secured clerkships in state courts, including the Delaware Court of Chancery.

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Ramon Ryan ’21 tackles new frontier with space law

Apr. 27, 2021—Ryan's JETLaw Note, "The Fault in Our Stars," became a catalyst for oversight action in Congress. He plans to join Bass Berry & Sims after graduation and will serve as a clerk for Judge Todd Hughes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. in 2023. Ryan was JETLaw's editor-in-chief as a 3L.

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Kira Benton ’21 to join Still She Rises Tulsa criminal defense team

Apr. 23, 2021—Still She Rises Tulsa is a holistic legal advocacy organization serving indigent mothers with an array of legal services, including criminal defense, family law and civil legal services. Benton worked as an intern for the organization during summer 2020.

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Reaction to today’s verdict, a message from Dean Chris Guthrie

Apr. 20, 2021—With today’s news that the jury voted to convict Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, it is important to acknowledge that the trauma of this case, like so many others, remains with us. We have had to relive this violent encounter through the horrific video that many of us have seen with our...

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Margaret Schmucker ’94 featured in “The State of Texas vs. Melissa,” a documentary about death row inmate Melissa Lucio

Apr. 20, 2021—Schmucker has been working on Lucio’s case for 10 years. The documentary about her case was an Official Selection of the 2020 Tribecca Film Festival and is now available on Hulu.

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VLS students work pro bono for TN Free Legal Answers as part of attorney teams

Apr. 20, 2021—Emily Burgess ’22 and Anya van Soestbergen ‘22 worked with Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services to launch a new volunteer program through which students work on attorney teams to answer legal questions.

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Four members of the Class of 2021 honored with VBA awards

Apr. 16, 2021—VBA President Esther Lee, BLSA President Samantha Furman, Co-Counsel Mentoring Program President Asha Menon and Legal Aid Society President Kira Benton were recognized for student leadership, while three student organizations-the Voting Rights and Advocacy Society, the Investment and Securities Club, and the Law Students for Social Justice-were honored for their contributions to student life.

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Blumstein, George, Stack, Wuerth and Zeppos honored with 2021 Hall-Hartman Awards for outstanding teaching by student vote

Apr. 16, 2021—The annual awards are given based on a student poll conducted by Vanderbilt Bar Association.

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Yesha Yadav discusses episodes of volatility in the U.S. Treasury market on Bloomberg’s Odd Lots podcast

Apr. 14, 2021—Yadav is an expert in securities regulation. In an in-depth discussion with Odd Lots hosts Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway of Bloomberg Business, Yadav argues that recent, seeming inexplicable bouts of volatility in the treasury market can be explained by the inadequate patchwork of regulations governing this market.

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