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New Transnational Litigation Blog Post from Ingrid Brunk: Foreign Data Protection Laws: Greater Impact on U.S. Discovery than Foreign Blocking Statutes

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.

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Personal Jurisdiction, Due Process and Originalism: Mallory v. Norfolk Southern Railway Co., a moot court argument Oct. 28

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.

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View Supreme Court Affirmative Action Oral Argument, with introduction by Matthew Shaw, Nov. 1

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.

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Judge Claria Horn Boom ’94 confirmed to U.S. Sentencing Commission

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.

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Why designating Russia a state sponsor of terrorism is a bad idea: Washington Post Opinion by Ingrid Wuerth

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."

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Brian Fitzpatrick’s book, The Conservative Case for Class Actions, discussed in NYTimes opinion piece by business columnist Peter Coy

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.

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Russia should not be designated a state sponsor of terrorism: Opinion by Ingrid Wuerth

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.

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Jorge A. Rodriguez ’04 nominated to seat on Northern District of New York

Jul. 14, 2022—Rodriguez currently serves as an assistant attorney general for the Northern District of New York.

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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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