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Samuel W. Bartholomew Jr. ’73 dead at 74

Jan. 20, 2019—Bartholomew founded the law firm Stokes Bartholomew and led successful efforts to establish a hub airport in Nashville and bring NFL football to the city.

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Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Gary Cheek to lead Bass Military Scholars Program

Jan. 20, 2019—The program will support up to 40 scholarships for military veterans pursuing graduate and professional degrees at the Law School, Owen Graduate School of Management, the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, and Peabody College.

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Jessica Clarke’s paper explores explicit bias in discrimination claims

Jan. 18, 2019—Clarke argues that courts too often exclude or minimize evidence of explicit bias when considering discrimination claims in a recent Northwestern Law Review article.

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Sen. Jeff Flake calls for civility, tough leadership in Chancellor’s Lecture Series appearance

Jan. 18, 2019—Chanellor Nicholas S. Zeppos, Sen. Flake, NPR producer Zoe Chace and Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Visiting Professor Jon Meacham engaged in thoughtful discussion that drew a capacity crowd to Vanderbilt's Langford Auditorium.

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Ingrid Wuerth on the D.C. Circuit’s release of its redacted opinion In re Grand Jury Subpoena

Jan. 14, 2019—Professor Wuerth, Helen Strong Curry Professor of Law, discusses the opinion, which she says "does not decide the important question of whether the Foreign Sovreign Immunities Act affords immunity to foreign states and state-owned enterprises in criminal cases," in a post on the Lawfare blog.

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VLS students join pro bono legal team to help low-income victims of massive fraud scheme

Jan. 11, 2019—Students support Social Security Disability Appeals of low-income Kentuckians whose benefits were revoked after their lawyer was convicted of fraud.

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Research by Michael Vandenbergh indicates carbon labeling can reduce greenhouse gases

Jan. 2, 2019—In a new commentary published in Nature Climate Change, Vandenbergh and co-author Kristian Steensen Nielsen identify ways individuals can reduce greenhouse gases.

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Kevin Stack appointed public member of the Administrative Council of the United States

Dec. 11, 2018—Professor Stack has been appointed to a two-year term on the ACUS, an independent federal agency that advices the government on how to improve the administrative process.

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Article by Tim Meyer selected as one of the top five environmental articles for 2018 academic year

Dec. 3, 2018—Meyer’s Columbia Law Review article, “Free Trade, Fair Trade and Selective Enforcement,” will be reprinted in the twelfth edition of the Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review. Jim Rossi’s Minnesota Law Review article, “Carbon Taxation by Regulation,” received honorable mention.

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Allen Gates ’72 installed as president of the American College of Environmental Lawyers

Dec. 3, 2018—Gates, who is a partner at Mitchell Williams in Little Rock, Arkansas, is one of four attorneys in Arkansas admitted to membership in thenational environmental law organization. He will serve a one-year term.

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Michael Vandenbergh elected fellow in the American College of Environmental Lawyers

Dec. 3, 2018—Vandenbergh directs Vanderbilt University’s interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Network and co-directs the Energy, Environment and Land Use Program at VLS.

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VLS launches Law and Innovation immersion-based courses for practicing attorneys and legal professionals

Nov. 29, 2018—Practical courses for legal professionals developed through Vanderbilt's Program on Law and Innovation will be offered at the Wond'ry on the Vanderbilt campus. The first course, Legal Project Management 2.0 Immersion, is slated for Feb. 2-3, 2019.

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VLS ranked among top 10 U.S. law schools by Princeton Review in three categories

Nov. 27, 2018—VLS ranked second for Best Quality of Life, ninth for Best Professors, and eighth for Greatest Resources for Women in Princeton Review’s 2019 rankings, which list the top 10 law schools in 12 categories relevant to prospective students.

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W. Kip Viscusi is president-elect of the Southern Economic Association

Nov. 19, 2018—Viscusi will serve as president-elect starting in November 2018 and then as SEA’s president in 2019.

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George Barrett Distinguished Practitioner in Residence Jameel Jaffer addresses the impact of social media companies on free speech

Nov. 12, 2018—Jaffer directs the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. He previously oversaw the ACLU’s work in the areas of free speech, privacy, technology, national security and international human rights.

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Michael Newton nominated by the United States to serve on the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals

Nov. 8, 2018—If confirmed, Newton would join a roster of judges established by the U.N. Security Council to complete the functions of the International Criminal Tribunals for both the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

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Gautam Hans launches First Amendment Clinic at VLS

Nov. 7, 2018—Funded through a grant from The Stanton Foundation, the clinic will give students opportunities to development and use legal strategies while working on cases addressing First Amendment rights.

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Public Interest Law conference addresses reform prosecutors, bail reform, access to justice and economic justice

Nov. 6, 2018—Conference hosted by the George Barrett Social Justice Program features 20 leading advocates and scholars in the areas of immigration law, criminal procedure and economic justice.

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Suzanna Sherry discusses birthright citizenship in the Bloomberg Law podcast

Nov. 1, 2018—Professor Sherry discusses the purpose and history of the 14th Amendment and President Trump's assertion that he can end birthright citizenship in American with an executive order in an interview with Bloomberg's June Grasso.

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Samar Ali ’06 (BS’03) receives 2018 White House Fellows Impact Award

Oct. 29, 2018—Ali, who practices as international counsel at Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville, was a 2010-11 White House Fellow, during which she worked on bilateral negotiations with Europe and the Middle East, served on the White House American-Arab "Kitchen Cabinet," and advised on the U.S. response to the Arab Spring in 2011.

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Vanderbilt Law School launches the V-Legal online legal education program for business professionals

Oct. 26, 2018—Taught by 3 top legal academics, V-Legal helps business executives and managers become fluent in the legal principles and processes business leaders need to understand.

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VLS ranks 10th among U.S. law faculties for scholarly impact

Oct. 26, 2018—Updated ranking of top 50 law schools by team headed by Gregory Sisk of University of St. Thomas Law assesses scholarly impact based on citations of faculty publications.

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Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, delivers Vanderbilt’s 2018 George Barrett Social Justice Lecture

Oct. 15, 2018—Gelernt discussed his work as lead attorney in the Ms. L litigation, a case challenging the federal government’s practice of forcibly separating parents and children at the U.S. border.

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Jeremy D. Kernodle ’01 confirmed to seat on U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Oct. 12, 2018—Kernodle was previously a partner at Haynes and Boone in Dallas, where he founded and chaired the firm's False Claims Act practice group.

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Eli Richardson ’92 confirmed to seat on U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee

Oct. 12, 2018—Richardson is a partner at Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville, where he focuses on government investigations involving allged white-collar crime or criminal civil violations.

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