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Research by Jenny Diamond Cheng addresses how disparities between Republicans and Democrats may lead to voter discrimination

Sep. 14, 2018—Cheng's research addresses the impact of the "unprecedented" age, race and gender gap that divides Democrats and Republicans. Young women now form the core of the Democratic Party's support, while older men are the core of the Republican Party's support. Cheng is an expert on the 26th Amendment.

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Ganesh Sitaraman and Daniel Epps offer a simple plan for saving the Supreme Court

Sep. 6, 2018—Ganesh Sitaraman and co-author Daniel Epps suggest better solutions than court-packing in a Sept. 6 column published online by Vox .

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Cara Suvall joins Vanderbilt’s law faculty as an assistant clinical professor of law

Aug. 16, 2018—Suvall will teach the new Youth Opportunity Clinic, which will support to youth who are at risk for criminal legal involvement.

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G.S. Hans joins Vanderbilt’s law faculty as an assistant clinical professor of law

Aug. 15, 2018—Hans will direct the new First Amendment Clinic, which is funded by a grant from the Stanton Foundation.

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Constitutional law scholar Jessica Clarke joins Vanderbilt’s law faculty

Aug. 15, 2018—Clarke studies American equality law, focusing on constitutional and statutory guarantees of nondiscrimination based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion and disability.

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Tracey George appointed interim vice provost for faculty affairs

Jul. 27, 2018—George, who holds the Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Chair in Law and Liberty, previously served as Vanderbilt’s associate provost for faculty affairs.

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Rob Mikos explores federalism and more through marijuana law

Jul. 18, 2018—Rob Mikos, a leading expert is marijuana law and policy, is featured in a profile in the Princeton Alumni Weekly. Professor Mikos earned his undergraduate degree at Princeton in 1995.

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Clinical Professor of Law Karla McKanders to run pro-bono clinic June 28-29

Jun. 27, 2018—An expert on immigration and refugee law, McKanders directs Vanderbilt’s Immigration Practice Clinic.

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W. Kip Viscusi discusses his new book, Pricing Lives: Guideposts for a Safer Society

Jun. 25, 2018—Putting a price tag on a person's life could make America safer and fairer, according to acclaimed economist Viscusi, who defines the "value of statistical life" as the dollar amount people are willing to pay to avoid an expected death.

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Morgan Ricks and co-authors propose “FedAccounts,” a public option for bank accounts

Jun. 21, 2018—Ricks and co-authors John Crawford and Lev Manand argue for offering accounts with the Federal Reserve, which come with privileges such as higher interest rates, instant clearing and added security, to everyone.

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Read ABA Landslide article, “Investment Treaties and Intellectual Property,” on two cases affecting international intellectual property rights by Daniel Gervais and Jared Doster ’17

May. 31, 2018—Philip Morris v. Uruguay and Eli Lilly v. Canada are two international investor-state cases that may reveal an emerging trend in international investment law regarding investors' intellectual property (IP) rights.

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Read Karla McKanders’ commentary: “Does Jeff Sessions Understand Immigration Proceedings?”

May. 22, 2018—McKanders is a featured guest columnist on Jurist.org in the Academic Commentary section.

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Paige Skiba elected to American Law and Economics Association board of directors

May. 21, 2018—An expert in high-interest credit markets, Skiba has taught at Vanderbilt since 2007.

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Ingrid Wuerth, Suzanna Sherry, Tracey George and Edward Cheng honored with 2018 Hall-Hartman Awards

May. 16, 2018—Wuerth, Sherry and George were honored for first-year teaching, and Wuerth and Edward Cheng for upper-level courses.

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Sarah Igo’s new book places today’s privacy concerns in historical context

Apr. 30, 2018—Igo's book is The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America. She is an associate professor of history, political science and law.

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Ganesh Sitaraman named Carnegie Fellow to support research in democracy

Apr. 25, 2018—Sitaraman will receive $200,000 from the Carnegie Foundation of New York to support his research on how public services such as schools and libraries can advance public policy goals.

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“Quieting the Shareholders’ Voice,” co-authored by Randall Thomas, selected among Top 10 corporate and securities law articles for 2017

Apr. 24, 2018—Empirical study of pervasive bundling in proxy solicitations by Thomas and co-authors James D. Cox of Duke Law, Fabrizio Ferri of Columbia Business and Colleen Honigsberg of Stanford Law was published in the Southern California Law Review.

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Tracey George appointed to Journal of Contract Law editorial board

Apr. 23, 2018— Based in Australia, the refereed journal focuses on contract law in common law countries.

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Lauren Benton, professor of history and professor of law, wins 2019 Toynbee Prize

Mar. 26, 2018—Benton's work focuses on law in European empires, the history or international law and Atlantic world history.

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Anniversary of Dunn v. Blumstein, 1972 voting rights class action suit brought by James Blumstein, noted in Politico column

Mar. 26, 2018—Blumstein challenged Tennessee's residency requirement for voting, appearing before the Supreme Court on Nov. 17, 1971, on his own behalf.

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Economist Joni Hersch finds that costs of sexual harassment are too low to incentivize firms to eliminate it

Mar. 1, 2018—Hersch's examination of sexual harassment charges filed with the EEOC indicated that "costs to firms’ bottom lines are evidently insufficient to incentivize firms to eliminate sexual harassment.”

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Yesha Yadav nominated to Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Technology Advisory Panel

Feb. 15, 2018—The CFTC, chaired by Christopher Giancarlo ’84, exists to protect market participants and the public from fraud, manipulation, abusive practices and systematic risks related to derivatives

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Ganesh Sitaraman’s 2017 book, “The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution,” wins PROSE Award

Feb. 9, 2018—PROSE Awards recognize oustanding professional and scholarly publications.

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Ganesh Sitaraman named to 2018 class of Chancellor Faculty Fellows

Jan. 23, 2018—Sitaraman joins 17 colleagues from across Vanderbilt in two-year program for highly accomplished, recently tenured faculty members.

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