May. 18, 2023—Demaral will be representing unaccompanied minors facing deportation during her two-year fellowship with Church World Service
Apr. 7, 2023—Riggs spoke about democracy and voting rights in the event hosted by the George Barrett Social Justice Program
Feb. 23, 2023—Canellos is a managing editor at Politico and the author of “The Great Dissenter: The Story of John Marshall Harlan, America’s Judicial Hero.”
Feb. 15, 2023—Donaldson and Austin defeated Moot Court teams from four law schools to qualify for the national tournament in San Antonio, Texas, which starts March 29.
Feb. 7, 2023—A D.C. District Court judge has ordered use of the “Fitzpatrick Matrix” to calculate attorneys’ fees, signifying the new tool’s formal acceptance.
Feb. 6, 2023—The final round was argued before Judge Andre B. Mathis of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Robin S. Rosenbaum of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Eli J. Richardson ’92 of the Middle District of Tennessee. Rachel Wagner and Madison Porth were finalists.
Jan. 24, 2023—Ashley Fox ’24, Adom Abatkun ’25 and Sophia Howard ’25 were selected for the first and second cohorts of a groundbreaking scholarship program created “to endow the South with the next generation of civil rights lawyers.” The program was developed by the Legal Defense Fund and named for former Supreme Court Justice and LDF founder Thurgood Marshall and pioneering civil rights litigator and former LDF attorney Constance Baker Motley.
Jan. 19, 2023—Wuerth is one of two sovereign immunity experts interviewed by Lawfare senior editor Scott R. Anderson in a discussion of U.S. v. Halkbank, a Supreme Court case that addresses criminal charges brought by the U.S. government against a Turkish state-owned bank.
Dec. 7, 2022—The case highlights a long-running dispute in the judiciary over the best way to pay lawyers for winning contingency-fee settlements. Fitzpatrick's study looked at two years' worth of settlements and examined the use of paying lawyers a flat percentage of the total award versus a more complicated approach based on how much the lawyers would have received had they been paid on a billable hour scale.
Oct. 25, 2022—Ingrid (Wuerth) Brunk writes that litigants are increasingly using foreign data protection laws-especially new laws in China and the EU-to resist discovery requests from U.S. courts.
Oct. 25, 2022—Shaw will provide an introduction to a recording of the oral arguments in these cases from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Moore Room.
Oct. 13, 2022—Vanderbilt litigation experts Brian Fitzpatrick, Suzanna Sherry and Ingrid Brunk will preside over this moot-court-style event highlighting Mallory v. Norfolk Southern Railway Co., a case to be argued before the Supreme Court on Nov. 8, 2022. The event starts at 12:30 p.m. in Flynn Auditorium.
Oct. 13, 2022—Education policy expert Matthew Shaw will provide an introduction to a recording of the Supreme Court hearing of the oral arguments in SFFA v. Harvard and SFFA v. UNC, both of which are Title VI cases.. Both schools are accused of discriminating against Asians and Aisan-Americans in their admissions policies. The event is sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Student Association and the George Barrett Social Justice Program.
Aug. 8, 2022—Judge Boom has served as a swing judge on the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky since 2018. She is one of seven new commissioners appointed to the Sentencing Commission.
Aug. 1, 2022—Wuerth is a foreign policy expert and holds the Helen Strong Curry Chair in International Law. "The state sponsor of terrorism designation is not a symbolic act to chastise states that behave badly," she writes. "It is a legal trigger embedded in an extremely complex statutory and regulatory framework. The effects of pulling that...trigger are not easy to identify and untangle."
Jul. 26, 2022—In Fitzpatrick's 2019 book, The Conservative Case for Class Actions, he argues that limiting plaintiffs' ability to bring class action lawsuits will inevitably result in more government regulation, and that with some reforms, class actions can and should function as a better alternative for disciplining businesses. Coy cites the book and quotes Fitzpatrick in a column discussing Republican support for private lawsuits to implement rights, such as a Texas law promising to pay legal expenses and $10,000 to successful anti-abortion litigants who prevail in private suits against providers and helpers.
Jul. 20, 2022—Wuerth's column, published in Just Security and in the Transnational Litigation blog, suggests the designation would be largely symbolic and could ultimately harm the interests of the Ukrainian government and the people of Ukraine.
Jul. 14, 2022—Rodriguez currently serves as an assistant attorney general for the Northern District of New York.
Jun. 14, 2022—VLS students are working for government and nonprofit legal employers in 15 states, Washington, D.C., and The Hague, Netherlands during summer 2022.
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Jun. 1, 2022—Fellows receive stipend support to serve internship in government legal offices and judicial chambers. 2022 fellows will be interning in judicial chambers and in federal and state attorneys’ offices in six states.
May. 12, 2022—Incoming associate, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Washington, D.C.
May. 4, 2022—Usman is an associate professor of law at Belmont University College of Law, where he has taught for 10 years. He was a senior law clerk on the Tennessee Supreme Court and an assistant attorney general in the Tennessee Attorney General's Office before joining the Belmont Law faculty.
Apr. 28, 2022—Wuerth's March 7 Lawfare blog post, "Does Foreign Immunity Apply to Sanctions on Central Banks?", and her Fordham Law Review article, "The Due Process and Other Constitutional Rights of Foreign Nations," are both cited extensively in UVA Law Professor Paul Stephan's April 26 Lawfare blog post, "Giving Russian Assets to Ukraine—Freezing Is Not Seizing."
Apr. 20, 2022—The Dean’s Lecture Series on Race and Discrimination for spring 2022 will conclude with Justice Liu's lecture in Flynn Auditorium from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21. The public is invited to attend the lecture via Zoom.
Apr. 5, 2022—Helen Strong Curry International Legal Studies Scholar