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Daniel Gervais speaks at International Council of Creators of Music meeting

Oct. 22, 2014—Gervais, director of the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program, gave a keynote speech, "U.S. Copyright in International Context," at international forum.

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Global panel to discuss copyright law at Vanderbilt

Oct. 21, 2014—Five international experts will discuss the current state of copyright law in an Oct. 24 forum moderated by Daniel Gervais.

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Study by Randall Thomas and two colleagues indicates top plaintiffs’ firms achieve greater success

Oct. 16, 2014—Study conducted by Thomas with C.N.V. Krishnan and Steven D. Solomon examines outcomes of 1,739 class action lawsuits challenging the fairness of M&A transactions between 2003 and 2012.

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Jennifer Shinall explores link between weight and workplace discrimination

Oct. 10, 2014—Shinall asks if weight should become the sixth protection under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

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Matthew Downer ‘14 wins 2014 Gellhorn-Sargentich writing competition sponsored by ABA

Oct. 10, 2014—Downer is the second Vanderbilt Law graduate in the past two years to win the prestigious award

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Are college football coaches overpaid?

Sep. 15, 2014—New research by Professor Randall Thomas and Lawrence Van Horn compares college coaches to CEOs.

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Definitive law and neuroscience reference book co-authored by Owen Jones released

Sep. 9, 2014—Interdisciplinary guide’s co-authors include neuroscientist Jeffrey Schall and law professor Francis Shen of the University of Minnesota.

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Noted civil rights lawyer George E. Barrett, Class of 1957, dead at 86

Aug. 27, 2014—Barrett was “a powerful voice for social justice, civil rights and civil liberties” in Nashville for more than 55 years.

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19 members of the Class of 2014 selected for Order of the Coif

Aug. 26, 2014—Order of the Coif members are selected by faculty approval and represent the top 10 percent of the class.

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Harold G. Maier, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus, dead at 77

Aug. 26, 2014—Professor Maier spent his entire academic career at Vanderbilt Law School.

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Ed Rubin: Fighting Bureaucracy by Improving it

Aug. 25, 2014—Rubin identifies a new approach to make bureaucracy more humane.

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New J.D./M.S.F. joint-degree program offered by VLS and Owen Graduate School of Management

Jul. 11, 2014—Students earn both degrees without increasing the time in school through program offered jointly by Vanderbilt Law School and Owen Graduate School of Management.

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Touted benefits of new EPA emissions limits may be misleading, according to paper co-authored by economist W. Kip Viscusi

Jul. 10, 2014—Paper co-authored by Viscusi and Ted Gayer of the Brookings Institution focuses on benefits that would accrue just in the U.S.

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Matthew R. Burnstein ’96 (BA’93) named chairman of Waller Lansden Dortch

Jun. 27, 2014— Burnstein will succeed John Tishler, B.A. 1980, as chairman of the firm.

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Should the government be legally liable for failing to act?

Jun. 23, 2014—Christopher Serkin examines the government's duty to protect private property with the proper laws and regulations.

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James Balser ’16 receives Helton Fellowship from American Society of International Law

Jun. 18, 2014—Balser will work with the No Peace Without Justice International Criminal Justice Program's Syrian Accountability Project in Gaziantep, Turkey.

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Staci Michelle Yandle ’87 confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Jun. 17, 2014—Yandle is currently a solo practitioner who focuses on civil litigation in federal and state court.

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70 Vanderbilt Law students receive 2014 summer stipends to support pro bono work

Jun. 16, 2014—Seventy Vanderbilt Law students received summer stipends to support their volunteer work in positions with government agencies; the chambers of federal and local judges; federal and state district attorneys and public defenders’ offices; and public interest and advocacy organizations. Students receiving Vanderbilt law stipends are working pro bono during summer 2014 for legal offices and...

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72 Vanderbilt Law students serving externships for course credit in 2014

Jun. 16, 2014—Vanderbilt Law students are receiving course credit for externships in federal and state judicial chambers, the offices of federal and state prosecutors, public defenders and attorneys, corporations, and advocacy organizations in 26 states.

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Chris Giancarlo ’84 appointed to Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Jun. 4, 2014—Giancarlo's appointment was confirmed by the U.S. Senate June 3. He was previously executive vice president with trading technologies company GFI Group.

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J. Daniel Feltham and Cameron Norris, both Class of 2014, shared the Richard S. Nagareda Prize for their Notes in Vanderbilt Law Review

May. 23, 2014—The Richard S. Nagareda Prize is awarded annually by the Branstetter Program in Litigation & Dispute resolution for the best written work in the field of litigation and dispute resolution. This prize carries on a tradition established by the late Professor Richard Nagareda, the first director of Vanderbilt’s Branstetter Program in Litigation & Dispute Resolution....

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Two 2014 Vanderbilt Law graduates appointed as Gideon’s Promise fellows

May. 19, 2014—Leo Costales and Will Howell will receive one-year post-graduate fellowships to work in public defender's offices in Louisiana and Tennessee.

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Kyle Robisch ’14 wins American Bar Association and California Bar Association student writing competitions

May. 15, 2014—Papers by Robisch win first prize in ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources and in the CBA’s Criminal Law writing competitions.

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21 Vanderbilt Law graduates honored with academic and citizenship awards at Commencement

May. 9, 2014—Will Marks of Charlotte, North Carolina, is 2014 VLS Founder's Medalist.

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Respected Nashville attorney Cecil Branstetter ’49 dead at 93

May. 8, 2014—A founding partner of Branstetter Stranch & Jennings, Branstetter was considered one of the best litigators in the history of the Nashville and Tennessee Bars.

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