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“Is the Establishment Clause Dead? A Message From SCOTUS” – Bloomberg Law opinion piece by Matthew Shaw

Jun. 24, 2022—Shaw argues that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that Maine cannot exclude faith-based schools from a state program that pays for private school tuition in areas of the state that lack public schools could erode the Constitution’s Establishment Clause.

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Morgan Ricks quoted in Guardian coverage of Elon Musk’s efforts to walk away from Twitter deal

May. 19, 2022—Ricks says that Musk’s comments about fake accounts on Twitter are "an irrelevant sideshow" in Musk's efforts to walk away from his Twitter takeover deal. "Nothing that has happened so far comes anywhere close to a material adverse effect," Ricks told The Guardian.

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James Blumstein featured in “Tennessee Voices” podcast on the 50th anniversary of landmark voting case Dunn v. Blumstein

May. 17, 2022—Blumstein, who argued the case before the Supreme Court, was the initial plaintiff in the landmark voting rights case, which overturned an unconstitutional residency requirement in the state of Tennessee.

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Michael Vandenbergh quoted in Thomson Reuters discussion of how carbon-footprint labels can steer consumers to climate-friendly options

May. 17, 2022—"Climate-friendly cuppa? Carbon footprint labels aim to steer green buying" was posted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation News on May 16, 2022. While carbon labeling is not a panacea, Vandenbergh tells reporter Carey L. Biron that it is "a piece of a much larger system that can function even if the national government process is inadequate."

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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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Energy expert Jim Rossi quoted in Missouri Intercept article about the shutdown of gas conglomerate’s pipeline

Apr. 28, 2022—Spire Inc. has lobbied against the replacement of gas-burning appliances with electric ones, considered a crucial step in reducing U.S. carbon emissions, and sued the energy department to keep it from enforcing rules against installing dirty furnaces and boilers. “It’s one thing to share data, info, perspectives. It’s another thing to take a consistent self-interested perspective in lobbying for the gas industry and maybe against other uses of energy," Rossi said.

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Michael Vandenbergh named 2022 Carnegie Fellow to tackle polarization and climate change

Apr. 27, 2022—Vandenbergh's award of $200,000 will support his research into overcoming political polarization to address the causes of climate change and the issues it is creating. He is one of 28 Andrew Carnegie Fellows selected for the 2022 cohort.

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Yesha Yadav’s article, “The Failed Regulation of U.S. Treasury Markets,” selected as one of the Best Corporate and Securities Articles of 2021

Apr. 26, 2022—Yadav’s article was published in the Columbia Law Review. Eleven articles were recognized by the Corporate Practice Commentator from among more than 400 articles for recognition as the best articles published in legal journals addressing topics in corporate and securities law.

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Robert Barsky receives 2022 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship to study the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees

Apr. 20, 2022—Barsky is a professor of French, European studies, Jewish studies and law. His multidisciplinary research combines social justice, human rights, and border and refugee studies with lterary and artistic insights into the plight of vulnerable migrants. The fellowship will support his research for a book examining the role of the U.S. in the negotiation of the 1967 Protocol.

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“And a Public Defender for All”: Sara Mayeux’s opinion piece addresses Judge Ketangi Brown Jackson’s historic SCOTUS appointment

Apr. 12, 2022—Judge Jackson is the first Supreme Court justice whose prior experience includes work as a federal public defender. Mayeux asserts that "given that several...justices previously worked as federal prosecutors, Jackson's confirmation injects a welcome measure of professional balance to the lineup" and that Jackson is the "first justice since Thurgood Marshall with meaningful criminal defense experience."

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Mike Newton discusses the challenges of investigating war crimes when the conflict is ongoing with journalist Natasha Fatah

Apr. 7, 2022—Newton has been a senior adviser to the Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues in the U.S. State Department. In this interview with Natasha Fatah of CBS News, he talks about how the International Criminal Court will investigate possible war crimes by Russia while the war is ongoing.

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J.B. Ruhl explains how decades-old environmental laws are hampering new “green” infrastructure in NPR interview

Apr. 7, 2022—In an interview with NPR's Planet Money, environmental regulation expert J.B. Ruhl explains how laws like the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, written in the 1970s, are now getting in the way of new green infrastructure development to help address climate change.

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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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Kimberly Welch, Vanderbilt scholar of American slavery, race and law, selected for Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship

Mar. 21, 2022—Welch is an associate professor of history and of law. The two-year, $306,000 fellowship will support research leave and tuition to undertake a self-directed course of study at Vanderbilt Law School and the Owen Graduate School of Management to learn the tools and techniques essential to support her study of the role of Black moneylenders in the 19th-century credit economy.

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Jim Blumstein reflects on the enduring significance of his Supreme Court voting rights victory 50 years later

Mar. 21, 2022—Blumstein, a New York native, challenged a residency requirement imposed by the state of Tennessee after moving to Nashville to join Vanderbilt's law faculty in 1970. When his challenge prevailed, Tennessee appealed the ruling. Blumstein argued the case, Dunn v. Blumstein, before the Supreme Court. On March 21, 1972, the high court issued a 6–1 decision in Blumstein’s favor, with Justice Thurgood Marshall writing the majority opinion.

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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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Mike Newton argues that Russia should be investigated for war crimes in CNN email interview

Mar. 15, 2022—Congress is considering a resolution to investigate the Russian invaders of Ukraine for possible war crimes. In an email interview with CNN Opinion, conduct of hostilities expert Mike Newton argues that such an investigation is justified due to Russia's attacks on civilians.

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Yesha Yadav quoted in report about crytocurrency traders’ response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Mar. 8, 2022—Yadav told CBS MoneyWatch that "it's unlikely Russia can use crypto to evade sanctions" because the blockchain cannot convert cryptocurrency into rubles fast enough to prop up an economy the size of Russia's. Yadav is an expert in international financial regulation.

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Steven Mintz reviews Robert Barsky’s book, Clamouring for Legal Protection, in Inside Higher Ed

Mar. 7, 2022—Barsky's book asks what great works of literature can teach us about the plight of immigrants and refugees.

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Ana Luquerna reviews Robert Barsky’s book, Clamouring for Legal Protection, in the Yale Journal on Regulation

Mar. 7, 2022—Luquerna, a judicial fellow at the International Court of Justice, calls Barsky's book "a must-read for any current or aspiring attorney."

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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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Chris Slobogin to moderate criminal justice reform panel featuring Cyntoia Brown Long and former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam March 15

Mar. 2, 2022—The event, “Reform for Redemption: Cyntoia Brown Long and Gov. Bill Haslam on Criminal Justice Reform and the Power of Mercy,” will be held in Langford Auditorium and livestreamed at 6 p.m. March 15. Now an author and advocate, Brown was a trafficking victim when she was convicted of murder at 16. She was later granted clemency by Gov. Haslam. Professor Slogobin will moderate a discussion about criminal justice reform. The public is invited to attend in person or virtually.

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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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Jim Blumstein honored for service to Leadership Nashville

Feb. 22, 2022—Blumstein served as a program leader for Leadership Nashvillenearly 40 years.

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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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