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Legal historian Mark Brandon’s new book addresses changing concepts of family

Nov. 6, 2013—Mark Brandon's book, States of Union: Family and Change in the American Constitutional Order, was released in September 2013 by the University Press of Kansas.

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Alistair Newbern featured panelist in “Partnering for an Equitable and Inclusive Nashville”

Nov. 5, 2013—Newbern, an assistant clinical professor of law, chairs the steering committee for Nashville for All of Us, a group founded as part of a successful citywide campaign opposing a proposed English-only ordinance.

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The Gettysburg Address: A 150-Year Retrospective – Panel Discussion

Nov. 4, 2013—Legal historian Dan Sharfstein among panelists who will discuss Lincoln's famous speech, which framed the Civil War as a struggle for the principle of human equality.

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Kip Viscusi discusses methods of estimating the “value of a statistical life” in the October 2013 Monthly Labor Review

Nov. 1, 2013—Viscusi's featured article explains how the availability of more accurate fatality rate estimates has enabled researchers to generate more accurate estimates of the “value of a statistical life.”

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Colorado judge to lead Vanderbilt-based American Judicature Society

Oct. 29, 2013—Judge Russell Carparelli of the Colorado Court of Appeals will be the new executive director of the AJS beginning January 1.

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Zachary Fardon ’92 confirmed as U.S Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois

Oct. 17, 2013—Fardon's appointment gained the unanimous approval of the U.S. Senate.

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Ganesh Sitaraman awarded 2013 Palmer Civil Liberties Prize

Oct. 10, 2013—Professor Sitaraman honored for his book, The Counterinsurgent’s Constitution: Law in the Age of Small Wars.

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Professor Mike Newton helping organize Syrian war crimes court

Oct. 8, 2013—Professor Newton is among the international war crime experts working to create a war crimes court to deal with atrocities committed during Syria’s civil war.

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Professor Joni Hersch’s research covered by The Wall Street Journal, NBCNews.com, Cosmopolitan, and others

Sep. 30, 2013—Professor Joni Hersch’s paper “Opting Out among Women with Elite Education” is garnering substantial media attention, most recently in The Atlantic. [Read at NBCNews.com] [Read at WSJ.com] [Read at ScienceDaily.com] [Read at BusinessNewsDaily.com] [Read in Cosmopolitan] [Read at Vanderbilt.edu]

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Daniel Gervais elected to the Academy of Europe

Sep. 29, 2013—Gervais is the first professor at a U.S. law school invited to join the Academy of Europe.

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21 members of Class of 2013 selected for Order of the Coif

Sep. 6, 2013—Order of the Coif members are selected by faculty approval and represent the top 10 percent of the class.

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Robert Mikos comments on new DOJ guidelines regarding enforcement of federal marijuana ban

Aug. 29, 2013—In a “major policy shift," marijuana regulation may replace marijuana prohibition under new federal guidelines.

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Judge Thomas Phillips ’69 retires from federal bench

Aug. 27, 2013—Judge Thomas W. Phillips retired on July 6, 2013, which was also his 70th birthday. Judge Phillips became a U.S. magistrate judge in 1991. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee in 2002. Judge Phillips was honored for his service...

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Assistant Professor Ganesh Sitaraman named senior fellow at Center for American Progress

Aug. 27, 2013—As a CAP research fellow, Sitaraman will focus on areas ranging from economics to national security.

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Snowden revelations not surprising, according to surveillance expert Christopher Slobogin

Aug. 8, 2013—Slobogin is the author of Privacy at Risk: The New Government and the Fourth Amendment, a book that addresses privacy and government intrusion.

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Vanderbilt Law School and American Judicature Society announce affiliation

Jul. 17, 2013—AJS will move its headquarters to Vanderbilt Law School during summer 2013.

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Suzanna Sherry explains why the Supreme Court “got the law right”

Jul. 17, 2013—Constitutional law expert Suzanna Sherry discusses the major SCOTUS decisions in the 2012-13 term.

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Former Senator James Sasser ’61 (BA’58) donates papers to Vanderbilt

Jul. 17, 2013—Sasser is a former three-term U.S. senator from Tennessee and ambassador to China.

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Fisher v. University of Texas not the end of affirmative action

Jul. 17, 2013—Constitutional law expert Suzanna Sherry discusses impact of the Supreme Court's decision in highly anticipated case.

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Suzanna Sherry comments on SCOTUS decision in Shelby v. Holder in Washington Post editorial

Jul. 17, 2013—Sherry was also interviewed by MSNBC on SCOTUS decision in Fisher v. Texas, the affirmative action case.

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32 Vanderbilt Law graduates secure clerkships during 2012-13

Jun. 15, 2013—23 members of the Class of 2013 and 8 recent graduates secure 33 clerkships.

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Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law May 2013 issue available online

Jun. 12, 2013—Hard copies of the VJTL will be available by July 1, 2013.

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Appellate Clinic’s victory in LaFountain v. Harry corrects Sixth Circuit precedent

Jun. 11, 2013—Four members of the Class of 2013 establish the right of indigent clients to amend cases filed in federal courts.

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89 Vanderbilt Law students serve externships for course credit during summer 2013

Jun. 11, 2013—VLS students are working in judicial chambers and with government agencies; in the offices of U.S. Attorneys, state attorneys general, and city and district attorneys; with corporations; and with domestic and international advocacy organizations.

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