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Ten Branstetter Summer Fellows to intern in federal Attorney Generals’ offices, state law offices and judicial chambers

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.

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Nick Prendergast, Class of 2022

May. 12, 2022—Incoming associate, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Washington, D.C.

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Jeffrey Usman ’03 appointed to the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Middle Division

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.

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Ingrid Wuerth cited in Lawfare discussion of legislative proposals to allow the seizure of frozen Russian assets

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."

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“Implicit Bias, Structural Bias and Implications for Law and Policy,” April 21 lecture by California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu

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.

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“International Law and Women’s Human Rights in Afghanistan,” a lecture by Karima Bennoune March 31

Mar. 29, 2022—UC Davis scholar Karima Bennoune's talk is the 2022 Victor S. Johnson Lecture. Bennoune holds the Homer G. Angelo and Ann Berryhill Endowed Chair in International Law at UC Davis Law School. Her talk begins at 12:30 p.m. Thurs., March 31, and is free and open to the public.

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Philip Morel, Class of 2021, Law Clerk, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Mar. 24, 2022—As a law clerk at FERC, Philip Morel works at the intersection of law and energy policy. He joined FERC's Office of Administrative Law Judges as a clerk after graduation.

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Tracey George quoted in Adam Liptak’s New York Times analysis of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s rulings from the federal bench

Mar. 24, 2022—George, who studies judges and courts, is among legal scholars who "caution against reading too much into district court decisions."

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Ed Cheng’s proposed new approach to scientific evidence is the focus of Villanova Law symposium March 18

Mar. 17, 2022—Cheng’s 2022 Vanderbilt Law Review article, “The Consensus Rule: A New Approach to Scientific Evidence,” will be the focus of a day-long symposium March 18 at Villanova Law School, where Cheng’s proposal that the legal system should defer to expert communities rather than reach independent decisions will be critically evaluated by scholars in the field.

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Dunn v. Blumstein featured in “Making the Case” podcast produced by Tennessee Attorney General’s office

Mar. 3, 2022—Constitutional law James F. Blumstein discusses Dunn v. Blumstein, the case brought in 1970 challenging Tennessee's residency requirements for voter registration, in a March 1 podcast produced by the Tennessee Attorney General's office. Blumstein ultimately argued the case before the Supreme Court.

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2022 Branstetter Judicial Speaker Series: Judge Eleanor Ross, Northern District of Georgia

Mar. 2, 2022—In her talk, : “Sense and Sensibility: Civility in the Courtroom," Judge Ross offered candid observations of attorneys' behavior in the courtroom and in other trial proceedings.

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2022 Branstetter Judicial Speaker Series: Judge Claria Horn Boom ’94, Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky

Mar. 2, 2022—Judge Boom's talk, “Federal Sentencing: Perspectives from the Swing Judge," address disparaties in sentencing practice across federal district courts.

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Ingrid Wuerth discusses “International Law and the Russian Invasion of Ukraine” in Lawfare

Feb. 25, 2022—Wuerth is a leading scholar of foreign affairs and serves on the State Department's Advisory Committee on the American Law Institute's Restatement (Fourth) on U.S. Foreign Relations Law. In this Lawfare post, she states: "Russia's invasion of Ukraine violates Article 2(4) of the U.N. Charter, which prohibits the use of force against the territorial integrity of another state."

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Suzanna Sherry retires from Vanderbilt Law faculty, takes emerita status

Feb. 16, 2022—Sherry held the Herman O. Loewenstein Chair in Law. An expert in constitutional law and federal courts and procedure, Sherry is the author of more than 100 books, book chapters and articles.

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Ingrid Wuerth elected co-editor-in-chief of the American Journal of International Law

Nov. 17, 2021—The AJIL, which is published by the American Society of International Law, is the world’s preeminent peer-reviewed international law journal. Wuerth will share the appointment with co-editor-in-chief Monica Hakimi of Michigan Law.

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