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Darker skin continues to depress wages, according to study by VLS economist Joni Hersch

Feb. 14, 2019—Hersch’s study revealed that legal immigrants with darker skin are paid up to 25 percent less than otherwise comparable light-skinned immigrants and that the wage penalty continued to widen after these immigrants received permanent legal status.

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International intellectual property law expert Daniel Gervais to give Charles Clark Memorial Lecture

Feb. 11, 2019—Gervais, who holds the Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law, directs Vanderbilt's Intellectual Property Program and co-directs its LL.M. Program.

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David Williams II, trailblazing former vice chancellor and athletics director at Vanderbilt University, died Feb. 8

Feb. 8, 2019—Williams was a professor of law. He had rejoined the law faculty after retiring from his role as vice chancellor and athletics director last fall.

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Jessica Clarke proposes legal reforms to protect rights of nonbinary people

Jan. 29, 2019—Clarke's Harvard Law Review article, "They, Them and Theirs," proposes examining the contexts in which law uses sex or gender categories to identify what interests they serve.

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Chris Guthrie reapppointed as dean of Vanderbilt Law School

Jan. 25, 2019—Guthrie will began his third term as dean and John Wade-Kent Syverud Professor of Law on July 1, 2019. His appointment was announced by Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente.

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Jessica Clarke’s paper explores explicit bias in discrimination claims

Jan. 18, 2019—Clarke argues that courts too often exclude or minimize evidence of explicit bias when considering discrimination claims in a recent Northwestern Law Review article.

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Ingrid Wuerth on the D.C. Circuit’s release of its redacted opinion In re Grand Jury Subpoena

Jan. 14, 2019—Professor Wuerth, Helen Strong Curry Professor of Law, discusses the opinion, which she says "does not decide the important question of whether the Foreign Sovreign Immunities Act affords immunity to foreign states and state-owned enterprises in criminal cases," in a post on the Lawfare blog.

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Research by Michael Vandenbergh indicates carbon labeling can reduce greenhouse gases

Jan. 2, 2019—In a new commentary published in Nature Climate Change, Vandenbergh and co-author Kristian Steensen Nielsen identify ways individuals can reduce greenhouse gases.

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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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