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Kevin Stack appointed public member of the Administrative Council of the United States

Dec. 11, 2018—Professor Stack has been appointed to a two-year term on the ACUS, an independent federal agency that advices the government on how to improve the administrative process.

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Article by Tim Meyer selected as one of the top five environmental articles for 2018 academic year

Dec. 3, 2018—Meyer’s Columbia Law Review article, “Free Trade, Fair Trade and Selective Enforcement,” will be reprinted in the twelfth edition of the Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review. Jim Rossi’s Minnesota Law Review article, “Carbon Taxation by Regulation,” received honorable mention.

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Michael Vandenbergh elected fellow in the American College of Environmental Lawyers

Dec. 3, 2018—Vandenbergh directs Vanderbilt University’s interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Network and co-directs the Energy, Environment and Land Use Program at VLS.

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W. Kip Viscusi is president-elect of the Southern Economic Association

Nov. 19, 2018—Viscusi will serve as president-elect starting in November 2018 and then as SEA’s president in 2019.

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Michael Newton nominated by the United States to serve on the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals

Nov. 8, 2018—If confirmed, Newton would join a roster of judges established by the U.N. Security Council to complete the functions of the International Criminal Tribunals for both the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

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Public Interest Law conference addresses reform prosecutors, bail reform, access to justice and economic justice

Nov. 6, 2018—Conference hosted by the George Barrett Social Justice Program features 20 leading advocates and scholars in the areas of immigration law, criminal procedure and economic justice.

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Suzanna Sherry discusses birthright citizenship in the Bloomberg Law podcast

Nov. 1, 2018—Professor Sherry discusses the purpose and history of the 14th Amendment and President Trump's assertion that he can end birthright citizenship in American with an executive order in an interview with Bloomberg's June Grasso.

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VLS ranks 10th among U.S. law faculties for scholarly impact

Oct. 26, 2018—Updated ranking of top 50 law schools by team headed by Gregory Sisk of University of St. Thomas Law assesses scholarly impact based on citations of faculty publications.

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Article co-authored by J.B. Ruhl and Kyle Robisch ’14 selected for Land Use & Environmental Law Review

Oct. 3, 2018—The Land Use & Environment Law Review is a peer-reviewed compendium of the best law review articles published in the previous academic year in the categories of environmental and land use law. The article by Ruhl and Robisch, “Agencies Running from Agency Discretion,” published in 2016, will appear in Volume 49 of LUELR, published annually by Thomsen Reuters.

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Edward K. Cheng appointed to the Hess Chair in Law

Sep. 25, 2018—A leading scholar of evidence, Cheng’s work addresses expert testimony and scientific proof. He is the founder and host of Excited Utterance, a podcast he produces to promote recent scholarship in evidence and proof.

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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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