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84 VLS students receive 2016 summer stipends to support pro bono work

Jul. 25, 2016—Students are working in judicial chambers and with government agencies, attorneys general, district attorneys, public defenders and public interest organizations with VLS support.

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Program on Law & Innovation fosters collaboration between legal and technology communities

Jul. 21, 2016—VLS hosts collaborative meeting of Music City Legal Hackers, Code for Nashville, attorneys and technology professionals.

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Article by Emily Taylor ’16 on “Waters of the United States” to Be Published in Environmental Law Reporter

Jul. 15, 2016—Article Taylor completed as a semester-long research project supervised by Clean Water Act expert J.B. Ruhl to be published in the peer-reviewed journal of the Environmental Law Institute.

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Research coauthored by Tracey George reveals lack of diversity in state court judges

Jun. 27, 2016—"The Gavel Gap," co-authored by Tracey George with Albert Yoon, shows that more than half of state trial and appellate judges are white men, fewer than a third of judges are women, and fewer than two in 10 judges are a racial or ethnic minority.

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Legal historian Sara Mayeux joins Vanderbilt’s law faculty in fall 2016

Jun. 24, 2016—Mayeux writes about American criminal law from both a historical and present-day perspective.

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Jay Tobin J.D./M.B.A.’82, GC of Dave & Buster’s, featured in Texas Lawyer

Jun. 1, 2016—Tobin guided Dave & Buster's through its $100 million initial public offering in 2014 (subscription required).

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Erin O’Hara O’Connor named dean of Florida State University College of Law

Jun. 1, 2016—O’Connor has served on Vanderbilt’s law faculty since 2001, including as associate dean for academic affairs.

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Research by Randall Thomas and 3 colleagues featured in NYT’s Dealbook

May. 25, 2016—Steven Davidoff Solomon's column about shareholder appraisal rights discusses a just-released study, "Reforming the Delaware Appraisal Statute to Address Appraisal Arbitrage: Will It Be Successful?", by Vanderbilt's Randall Thomas with Wei Jiang and Danging Mei of Columbia University and Tao Li of the University of Warwick.

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Interview with Darren Robbins ’93 featured in Litigation Daily

May. 23, 2016—Robbins is interviewed by Litigation Daily's Jenna Greene about his work at Robbins Geller, which includes securities, antitrust, M&A, consumer, insurance, employment and other class actions.

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Study by Joni Hersch and Jennifer Shinall finds women re-entering the workforce are better off explaining career gaps

May. 19, 2016—Study by Hersch and Shinall to be published in the Pennsylvania Law Review indicates employers prefer that women explain resume gaps.

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4 VLS faculty on NIH-funded team studying “genetic privacy”

May. 18, 2016—Ellen Wright Clayton will co-direct research team that also includes Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law Chris Slobogin, associate professor Sarah Igo and adjunct law professor Lydia Jones.

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Nathan Walsh ’16 named Vanderbilt Law’s first George Barrett Fellow

May. 17, 2016—Walsh will advocate for homeless students with disabilities as a fellow with Disability Rights Tennessee.

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Calvin Cohen ’16 and Alex Nunn ’16 share 2016 Nagareda Prize for best scholarly papers in litigation and dispute resolution

May. 13, 2016—Cohen’s paper addresses the inconsistent application of state sovereign immunity claims to federal rules; Nunn’s applied the perspective of due process to the use of “naked statistical evidence.”

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23 graduates honored with academic and citizenship awards at Commencement

May. 13, 2016—Lauren Messonnier Meyers received the 2016 Founders Medal for First Honors.

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Morgan Rick’s new book, “The Money Problem,” addresses U.S. financial policy

May. 10, 2016—Ricks contends that panic-proofing should be the major focus of U.S. financial policy and regulation.

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ICC indispensable to a Syria solution, argues op/ed co-authored by Michael Newton

May. 5, 2016—Members of the ABA's ICC Project Board of Advisors, including Newton, assert that the ICC should be part of any effort to combat impunity in Syria in a signed opinion piece in International Criminal Justice Today.

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Chancellor Zeppos hosts discussion of controversy over Supreme Court nominee

May. 5, 2016—“Battle Supreme: Politics, the Law and an Open Seat on the Nation’s Highest Court," the final event of the 2016 Chancellor's Lecture Series, featured Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano; CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin; Vanderbilt University Vice Chancellor and General Counsel Audrey Anderson, who formerly served as deputy general counsel for the Department of Homeland Security; and Vanderbilt Distinguished Visiting Professor Jon Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian.

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Article co-authored by Randall Thomas and Paul Edelman among “Top 10 Corporate and Securities Articles of 2015”

May. 3, 2016—“Shareholder Voting in an Age of Intermediary Capitalism,” a California Law Review article co-authored by Edelman and Thomas with Robert B. Thompson, was one of 12 articles selected in annual poll.

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Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos looks back on 8 years at Vanderbilt’s chancellor

May. 2, 2016—Zeppos took the reins of Vanderbilt University in 2008, in the midst of the global financial crisis.

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Megan McLean ’16 wins Environmental Law Institute writing competition

Apr. 29, 2016—McLean's winning paper, "Throwing Shade: The Case against Judicial Interference with Solar Net Metering Policies," will be published in the Environmental Law Reporter.

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Cheng, George, Ruhl, Vandenbergh and Wuerth honored with Hall-Hartman Awards

Apr. 26, 2016—Professors Tracey George, Michael Vandenbergh and Ingrid Wuerth were honored for their first-year Contracts, Property and Civil Procedure classes, respectively. Professor Ed Cheng was recognized for his upper-level Evidence class and Professor J.B. Ruhl for his Food System Seminar.

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Daniel Gervais among new faculty heads joining The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons

Apr. 13, 2016—"“We chose faculty heads who excel at meeting students where they are, intellectually and interpersonally,” said Ingram Commons Dean Vanessa Beasley.

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Former VU general counsel Jeff Carr ’66 dead at 75

Apr. 13, 2016—Carr retired from a 34-year career as a senior leader at Vanderbilt in 2000.

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