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Morgan Ricks named Enterprise Scholar

May. 16, 2019—The two-year appointment provides additional support for Ricks’s research, which focuses on financial regulation and the role of the monetary system in financial stability.

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Yesha Yadav named to 2019 cohort of Chancellor Faculty Fellows

May. 16, 2019—Yadav’s research focuses on financial and securities regulatory policy relating to evolving financial technology.

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Wesley Dozier ’19 (BA’16) named Equal Justice Works Fellow

May. 14, 2019—Dozier will work at Just City, a legal nonprofit in Memphis that focuses on adults and teenagers involved with the criminal justice system.

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23 2019 graduates honored with awards at Commencement

May. 10, 2019—Josh Landis (BA'14) received the Founder's Medal for first honors for the Class of 2019.

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2019 graduates Sam Heller and Jordyn McCarley named Gideon’s Promise Fellows

May. 9, 2019—Heller will join the Hamilton County Public Defender’s office in Cincinnati, Ohio. McCarley will join the Nashville Public Defenders.

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Megan Mitchell ’19 wins Regional Public Interest Award from Equal Justice Works

May. 8, 2019—Mitchell is the winner for the South Region of the Equal Justice Works competition.

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Emily Lamm ’19 wins National LGBT Bar Association’s Greenberg Writing Contest

May. 7, 2019—Lamm’s award-winning article, published in the Tulane Journal of Law & Sexuality, addresses a procedure for updating birth certificates.

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Article co-authored by Randall Thomas selected as one of the Top 10 Corporate and Securities Articles for 2018

May. 3, 2019—“Delaware’s Retreat: Exploring Developing Fissures and Tectonic Shifts in Delaware Corporate Law,” co-authored by Thomas with James Cox, was presented by Thomas as the Pileggi Lecture in Law at Widener University Delaware Law School.

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Katie Cohen ’21 awarded Helton Fellowship for international pro bono legal service

Apr. 30, 2019—The fellowship allows Cohen to work at Global Rights Compliance at The Hague this summer.

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Annie Cappetta and Eileen Bautista Fay named Class of 2021 Garrison Social Justice Scholars

Apr. 29, 2019—Fay will spend this summer working at the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence; Cappetta will work at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which advocates for digital privacy and free speech, and South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center

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Mitchell Galloway ’19 selected for Department of Justice Honors Program

Apr. 24, 2019—Galloway will join the Criminal Enforcement Section of the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice based in Washington, D.C.

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23 students recognized for completing Vanderbilt’s Pro Bono Pledge

Apr. 24, 2019—Students logged a combined 6,908 of pro bono legal work and community service as participants in Vanderbilt’s Pro Bono Pledge program.

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Lisa Bressman, Rebecca Allensworth, Kevin Stack, Chris Slobogin and Jenny Cheng honored with 2019 Hall-Hartman Outstanding Teaching Awards

Apr. 23, 2019—The awards are based on a student poll and named in honor of late Professors Paul Hartman and Donald Hall. They recognize an outstanding professor in each first-year section and for small and large upper-level classes.

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Timothy Lupinacci ’91 assumes role of chairman and CEO of Baker Donelson

Apr. 18, 2019—Lupinacci succeeds Ben Adams '81, who has served as the firm's chairman and CEO for a total of 21 years.

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Pro Bono Spring Break student teams support lending reform and property tax appeals in Atlanta

Apr. 18, 2019—Six students worked at Atlanta Legal Aid with Equal Justice Works Fellow Darrius Woods ’17, supporting programs to reform predatory lending practices and provide property tax relief to low-income clients.

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Research team headed by Alan Storrow of Vanderbilt Medical School and Jim Blumstein of Vanderbilt Law garners DHHS grant to develop and test “safe harbor” standards of care

Apr. 17, 2019—VU researchers from the schools of Law, Medicine and Management will develop and test “safe harbor” protocols designed to improve quality of care and reduce unnecessary medical procedures performed to reduce legal liability.

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Adolpho Birch III ’91 shares his path to professional success during campus talks

Apr. 15, 2019—Birch is senior VP of labor policy and league affairs for the National Football League. He participated in five events, including a panel discussion moderated by Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos, “College Athletics, the Draft and the Business of Professional Sports,” April 23 and 24.

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Dalton family commits $12.75 million to support the Law and Business Program

Apr. 15, 2019—The commitment from former Vanderbilt Board of Trust chairman Mark Dalton ’75 and his family includes a bequest that will endow the program, which prepares students to enter legal practice with a solid understanding of business law, corporate management and accounting principles, in perpetuity.

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Lauren Benton, professor of history and professor of law, awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Apr. 13, 2019—Benton is the Nelson O. Tyrone Professor of History. The research she will complete as a Guggenheim Fellow examines legal practices surrounding "small wars."

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Suzanna Sherry and Chris Sundby address term limits for Supreme Court justices in SCOTUSblog post and Texas Law Review article

Apr. 9, 2019—In a blog post and a forthcoming article in the Texas Law Review, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law Sherry and Sundby, who is earning his JD/PhD in law and neuroscience at Vanderbilt, argue that there is a serious potential downside to establishing SCOTUS term limits: they might cause doctrinal instability.

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Aisha McWeay ’09, executive director of Still She Rises Tulsa, featured in Essence Q&A

Apr. 9, 2019—McWeay was named executive director of Still She Rises Tulsa, an initiative of the Bronx Defenders that represents mothers in the criminal justice system, in January. Essence magazine published this interview with McWeay March 19.

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Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos to step down Aug. 15

Apr. 4, 2019—Zeppos will return to the law faculty after a year-long sabbatical.

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Pro Bono Spring Break students advocate for immigrants held in an ICE detention center

Apr. 3, 2019—George Barrett Social Justice Fellow Lynn Stopher ’18 and a team of five VLS students traveled to Ocilla, Georgia, to meet with immigrant detainees to support the work of the Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Ed Cheng and co-author Alex Nunn ’14 examine how courts deal with process-based evidence

Mar. 27, 2019—In their article, "Beyond the Witness: Bringing a Process Perspective to Modern Evidence Law," they address the need to deal with evidence such as photographs, business records, electronic phone records and store receipts as a different category from witness testimony.

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Ganesh Sitaraman discusses Supreme Court nominations in forthcoming Yale Law Journal article

Mar. 25, 2019—In How to Save the Supreme Court, Sitaraman and co-author Daniel Epps propose reforms to the nomination process design to minimize partisan influences.

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