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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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Article co-authored by J.B. Ruhl and Kyle Robisch ’14 selected for Land Use & Environmental Law Review

Oct. 3, 2018—The Land Use & Environment Law Review is a peer-reviewed compendium of the best law review articles published in the previous academic year in the categories of environmental and land use law. The article by Ruhl and Robisch, “Agencies Running from Agency Discretion,” published in 2016, will appear in Volume 49 of LUELR, published annually by Thomsen Reuters.

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Edward K. Cheng appointed to the Hess Chair in Law

Sep. 25, 2018—A leading scholar of evidence, Cheng’s work addresses expert testimony and scientific proof. He is the founder and host of Excited Utterance, a podcast he produces to promote recent scholarship in evidence and proof.

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18 members of the Class of 2018 selected to join the Order of the Coif

Sep. 19, 2018—Members of the Order of the Coif are selected by the faculty and represent the top 10 percent of their class.

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Research by Practice Lab students supports ICC case against Sudanese President Al Bashir

Sep. 17, 2018—Working over several semesters, students in Vanderbilt’s International Law Practice Lab have provided the baseline data for the mappingbashir.org website, which chronicles the travels of Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir.

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Research by Jenny Diamond Cheng addresses how disparities between Republicans and Democrats may lead to voter discrimination

Sep. 14, 2018—Cheng's research addresses the impact of the "unprecedented" age, race and gender gap that divides Democrats and Republicans. Young women now form the core of the Democratic Party's support, while older men are the core of the Republican Party's support. Cheng is an expert on the 26th Amendment.

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Vanderbilt University’s new Bass Military Scholars Program to provide law scholarships

Sep. 13, 2018—A $25 million gift from the Lee and Ramona Bass Foundation will provide scholarships for military veterans at five Vanderbilt schools, including VLS, the Owen Graduate School of Management, Peabody College, the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing.

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VLS hosts MLK symposium, “From Martin Luther King Jr. to Black Lives Matter: 50 Years of Struggle,” on Sept. 20

Sep. 13, 2018—The MLK symposium in Flynn Auditorium will feature panel discussions sponsored by Vanderbilt's law, divinity and graduate schools and Peabody College and keynote addresses by Black Lives Matter cofounder Patrisse Cullors and Virginia Tech vice president Menah Pratt-Clarke '93 (PhD'97).

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Ganesh Sitaraman and Daniel Epps offer a simple plan for saving the Supreme Court

Sep. 6, 2018—Ganesh Sitaraman and co-author Daniel Epps suggest better solutions than court-packing in a Sept. 6 column published online by Vox .

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Judge Howard Morrison of the International Criminal Court delivers the 2018 Jonathan I. Charney Lecture

Aug. 28, 2018—Morrison’s term as the United Kingdom judge to the ICC began upon his election by the Assembly of States Parties in December 2011. His talk addressed the purposes of international criminal law and the relationship between international criminal cases and national jurisdictions.

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Cara Suvall joins Vanderbilt’s law faculty as an assistant clinical professor of law

Aug. 16, 2018—Suvall will teach the new Youth Opportunity Clinic, which will support to youth who are at risk for criminal legal involvement.

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G.S. Hans joins Vanderbilt’s law faculty as an assistant clinical professor of law

Aug. 15, 2018—Hans will direct the new First Amendment Clinic, which is funded by a grant from the Stanton Foundation.

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Constitutional law scholar Jessica Clarke joins Vanderbilt’s law faculty

Aug. 15, 2018—Clarke studies American equality law, focusing on constitutional and statutory guarantees of nondiscrimination based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion and disability.

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Regina S. Edwards ’91 appointed magistrate judge for the Western District of Kentucky

Aug. 3, 2018—Edwards had previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney for Kentucky's Western District. She replaces Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin, who has retired.

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49 VLS grads and students will serve in 52 clerkships in 2018-19 or future terms

Aug. 2, 2018—VLS graduates will serve as legal clerks in the U.S. Supreme Court, eight federal appellate circuits, and federal district courts in 12 states.

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Tracey George appointed interim vice provost for faculty affairs

Jul. 27, 2018—George, who holds the Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Chair in Law and Liberty, previously served as Vanderbilt’s associate provost for faculty affairs.

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Paul Ney ’84 (MBA’84) confirmed as general counsel of U.S. Department of Defense

Jul. 12, 2018—Ney has previously served as acting general counsel of the U.S. Navy and as a deputy general counsel for the Department of Defense.

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105 VLS students receive 2018 summer stipends to support pro bono legal work

Jul. 9, 2018—VLS students are working in 18 states, D.C. and the Netherlands for federal and state courts, government legal departments and nonprofits.

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45 VLS students receive course credit to support pro bono legal work in summer 2019

Jul. 9, 2018—Students secured externships with federal and state courses, government agencies and legal nonprofits and in corporate legal offices.

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Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic project provides seniors with legal, medical documents

Jun. 28, 2018—VLS students work with Vanderbilt School of Nursing students to counsel patients about advanced care directives and develop the supporting legal documents.

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W. Kip Viscusi discusses his new book, Pricing Lives: Guideposts for a Safer Society

Jun. 25, 2018—Putting a price tag on a person's life could make America safer and fairer, according to acclaimed economist Viscusi, who defines the "value of statistical life" as the dollar amount people are willing to pay to avoid an expected death.

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