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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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Local and national experts to discuss Nashville’s affordable housing crisis at Vanderbilt Law School March 28 and 29

Mar. 19, 2019—A reception featuring local housing experts and activists will be held March 28, and a lunch panel discussing the legal dimension is scheduled for March 29.

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Two studies by Nancy King cited in SCOTUS majority opinion in Garza v. Idaho

Mar. 19, 2019—King’s studies of appeals waivers and habeas cases were cited by Justice Sotomayor in her majority opinion in favor of Gilberto Garza Jr., who sought to have his appeal rights restored.

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Penalties for sexual harassment are too low according to study by economist Joni Hersch

Mar. 15, 2019—Hersch recommends the cap on damage awards for sexual harassment be increased to reflect their actual cost to employers, employees and industries.

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Jim Rossi appointed to the Judge D.L. Lansden Chair in Law

Mar. 12, 2019—Rossi is nationally recognized for his research on administrative and energy law. He is currently serving as the law school’s associate dean for research.

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Hunter Thornton, JD/MSF ’19, and team of Owen MBA students win first place at VCIC regional competititon

Feb. 25, 2019—Thornton and his five teammates, all students at the Owen Graduate School of Management, will compete in the global finals of the Venture Capital Investment Competition in April.

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Abigail Wood ’21 and Chandler Ray ’21 win 2019 Mock Trial competition

Feb. 22, 2019—Brent Duddles ’21 and Michael Clark ’21 were finalists. The competition was sponsored by King & Spalding.

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Darker skin continues to depress wages, according to study by VLS economist Joni Hersch

Feb. 14, 2019—Hersch’s study revealed that legal immigrants with darker skin are paid up to 25 percent less than otherwise comparable light-skinned immigrants and that the wage penalty continued to widen after these immigrants received permanent legal status.

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Peter Cornick ’20 and Elizabeth Holden ’20 win 2019 Bass Berry & Sims Moot Court Competition

Feb. 12, 2019—Joline Desruisseuax '20 and Braden Morell '20 were finalists. The round was argued before federal appellate Judges Stephen A. Higginson of the Fifth Circuit, David J. Barron of the First Circuit and Amy Coney Barrett of the Seventh Circuit.

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International intellectual property law expert Daniel Gervais to give Charles Clark Memorial Lecture

Feb. 11, 2019—Gervais, who holds the Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law, directs Vanderbilt's Intellectual Property Program and co-directs its LL.M. Program.

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David Williams II, trailblazing former vice chancellor and athletics director at Vanderbilt University, died Feb. 8

Feb. 8, 2019—Williams was a professor of law. He had rejoined the law faculty after retiring from his role as vice chancellor and athletics director last fall.

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V-Legal teaches non-law professionals to ‘think like a lawyer’

Jan. 29, 2019—A new online program developed and taught by Vanderbilt law faculty offers professionals in other fields an in-depth introduction to the American legal system.

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Jessica Clarke proposes legal reforms to protect rights of nonbinary people

Jan. 29, 2019—Clarke's Harvard Law Review article, "They, Them and Theirs," proposes examining the contexts in which law uses sex or gender categories to identify what interests they serve.

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Chris Guthrie reapppointed as dean of Vanderbilt Law School

Jan. 25, 2019—Guthrie will began his third term as dean and John Wade-Kent Syverud Professor of Law on July 1, 2019. His appointment was announced by Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente.

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VLS alum and students partner with Vanderbilt Medical team to support Medical/Legal Partnership

Jan. 21, 2019—Retired trial lawyer Kent Halkett ’81 supports student volunteers providing pro bono legal support to low-income patients of the Shade Tree Clinic, through which students at Vanderbilt Medical School provide free care for uninsured patients.

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