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Jeffrey Schoenblum delivers 2015 Tamisea Distinguished Lecture at Iowa Law

Oct. 12, 2015—Schoenblum addressed the emergence of a “New Trust” concept in his lecture, “What Is a Trust?”

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Vanderbilt Law hosts second annual Mid-Career Seminar for U.S. District Judges

Oct. 8, 2015—The seminar is now offered annually through a partnership between the Federal Judicial Center and Vanderbilt Law School.

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Daniel Gervais is president-elect of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property

Oct. 2, 2015—Gervais will serve a two-year term as president of the international association of intellectual property law scholars starting in 2017.

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New study on how brain decides guilt and punishment published in the journal Neuron

Sep. 17, 2015—Study co-authored by MacArthur Research Network Director Owen Jones with VU researchers Rene Marois, David Zald and Katherine Jan; Harvard researchers Joshua Buchholtz (Ph.D.'12) and Justin Martin (BA'10); and Emory researcher Michael Treadway.

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19 members of the Class of 2015 selected for Order of the Coif

Sep. 16, 2015—Members of this prestigious organization are selected by faculty approval and represent the top 10 percent of the class.

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MacArthur Research Network for Law and Neuroscience receives additional $1.4 million of grant funding

Sep. 14, 2015—Headquartered at Vanderbilt and directed by New York Alumni Chancellor's Chair in Law Owen Jones, the MacArthur Research Network focuses on the use of neuroscientific evidence in criminal law and of neuroscientific insights to improve the fairness and effectiveness of the criminal justice system.

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Joni Hersch named editor of the IZA Journal of Labor Economics

Sep. 9, 2015—Hersch is one of two editors of the peer-reviewed journal. She was named an IZA Research Fellow in April 2015.

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Kevin Stack receives 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Research

Aug. 28, 2015—Stack was recognized by Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos for his influential 2012 Michigan Law Review article, “Interpreting Regulations.”

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Social Justice Program to be named for renowned civil rights attorney George Barrett ’57

Aug. 26, 2015—Darren Robbins '93 made a gift to endow the Social Justice Program in Barrett’s name.

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Prosecuting Maritime Piracy, co-edited by Michael Newton, addresses problems inherent in prosecuting transnational crimes in local courts

Aug. 25, 2015—Newton’s essay, “Piracy and the Problem of Command Responsibility,” recommends holding leaders of pirate gangs responsible for crimes committed by gang members.

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International economic law scholar Timothy Meyer joins Vanderbilt’s law faculty

Aug. 14, 2015—Meyer’s current scholarship addresses international economic and environmental regulation.

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Copyright law scholar Joseph Fishman joins Vanderbilt’s law faculty

Aug. 13, 2015—Fishman’s current scholarship addresses questions of how copyright law supports and constrains creativity.

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J.B. Ruhl named a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers

Aug. 10, 2015—Ruhl, who co-directs Vanderbilt’s Energy, Environment and Land Use Program, is an expert in environmental, natural resources and property law.

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Articles by Ruhl and Vandenbergh selected for 2015 edition of Land Use and Environmental Law Review

Aug. 5, 2015—igious peer-reviewed anthology presents the best scholarship from the previous year.

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Dax Eric López ’01 nominated to seat on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Aug. 3, 2015—Judge López currently sits on the State Court of Dekalb County, where he presides over civil and criminal matters.

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2015 graduates Clarke Agre and Nakeisha Jackson named Gideon’s Promise Fellows

Jul. 14, 2015—Agre and Jackson will work as public defenders in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, and Knox County, Tennessee.

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Spring Miller named Vanderbilt Law School’s inaugural Assistant Dean for Public Interest

Jul. 10, 2015—Miller will create public interest opportunities for Vanderbilt Law students and facilitate graduates’ entry into public interest law careers and fellowships with government and nonprofit organizations.

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Suzanna Sherry: The good the Supreme Court has done far outweighs the harm

Jul. 7, 2015—In this "Room for Debate" column," Sherry asserts that "the court serves as the last-chance, back-up opportunity to protect individual rights when the legislature fails to do so."

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Jake Byl JD/PhD ’15 and Neil Issar JD ’16 win first prizes in ABA’s 2015 Energy Law and Endangered Species student writing competitions

Jun. 24, 2015—Byl’s paper, “Easements with Ecosystems: A Conservation Tool for Endangered Species,” won first prize in the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Endangered Species Committee’s competition, and Issar’s paper, “Going Toe-to-Toe with Hydro: Conflicts Between Hydropower and Other Sources of Renewable Power,” placed first in the section’s Energy Law competition.

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Rachel Dolezal’s ‘Passing’ Isn’t So Unusual: New York Times Magazine Commentary by Daniel Sharfstein

Jun. 16, 2015—Legal historian Daniel Sharfstein asks why we care so much about Rachel Dolezal, who apparently misrepresented herself as African American.

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48 Vanderbilt Law students and recent graduates secure 51 clerkships

Jun. 15, 2015—Vanderbilt Law graduates will serve in 50 federal appellate and district and state clerkships during 2015-16 or in future terms.

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Cameron Norris ’14 honored by Food and Drug Law Institute’s 2014 Austern Memorial Competition

Jun. 12, 2015—Norris’ article, “Drugs, Devices & Discovery: Using Fee-Shifting to Resolve the Twombly/Iqbal Problem for Parallel Claims Under the FDCA,” won second place in the FDLI competition’s “Short Papers” category and placed third in the ABA's 2014 Tort Trial & Insurance writing competition.

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39 Vanderbilt Law students serve externships for course credit during summer 2015

Jun. 10, 2015—VLS students are working in federal and state judicial chambers, in the offices of U.S. Attorneys and state attorneys general, and with corporations and advocacy organizations.

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72 Vanderbilt Law students receive 2015 summer stipends to support pro bono work

Jun. 10, 2015—Students receiving Vanderbilt Law stipends are working pro bono during summer 2015 for 76 legal offices and organizations in 20 states, the District of Columbia and one foreign nation.

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Recommendations from MacArthur Research Network on Law and Neuroscience cited in President’s Bioethics Commission Report

May. 28, 2015—Research Network Director Owen Jones and team submit “consensus recommendations” addressing the use of neuroscientific evidence in criminal proceedings and ways to apply neuroscientific insights to improve the fairness and effectiveness of criminal justice.

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