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Blumstein, George, Stack, Wuerth and Zeppos honored with 2021 Hall-Hartman Awards for outstanding teaching by student vote

Apr. 16, 2021—The annual awards are given based on a student poll conducted by Vanderbilt Bar Association.

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Yesha Yadav discusses episodes of volatility in the U.S. Treasury market on Bloomberg’s Odd Lots podcast

Apr. 14, 2021—Yadav is an expert in securities regulation. In an in-depth discussion with Odd Lots hosts Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway of Bloomberg Business, Yadav argues that recent, seeming inexplicable bouts of volatility in the teasury market can be explained by the inadequate patchwork of regulations governing this market.

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Energy and environmental law experts Jim Rossi and Michael Vandenbergh featured in “Future of Sustainability” conference

Mar. 25, 2021—Environmental law expert Mike Vandenberg and energy law expert Jim Rossi were featured panelists in a virtual symposium focusing on environmental sustainability hosted by the Owen Graduate School of Management March 15.

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First Amendment expert G.S. Hans on how social media companies moderate user content

Mar. 23, 2021—Assistant Clinical Professor of Law Gautam Hans, who directs the First Amendment Clinic, is featured as part of Vanderbilt University's "Ask an Expert" series.

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James Blumstein delivers the Ann F. Baum Memorial Elder Law Lecture at University of Illinois Law

Mar. 23, 2021—Blumstein's talk, "Ways of Thinking about Medical Care: Alternative Models and Structures and Their Policy Significance,"delivered March 10, addresses the interplay of economics and program design in government healthcare programs.

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Innovative thinking from legal academia highlighted at the 2021 ELI-Vanderbilt Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review Conference

Mar. 23, 2021—The conference, to be held April 9 via webcast, will include discussions of articles by environmental law scholars Madison Condon, Charles Lee and Joshua Macey and a co-authored article by Michael Burger, Jessica Wentz and Radley Horton.

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Brian Fitzpatrick testifies before House subcommittee on need for more lower court judgeships

Feb. 26, 2021—The hearing, held Feb. 24, 2021, by the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, addressed the need for additional federal judges in the district and appellate courts.

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Paige Marta Skiba elected chair elect of AALS Section on Law and Economics

Feb. 23, 2021—Skiba will serve as chair-elect during 2021 and then began a one-year term as chair in 2022.

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Criminal Justice Clinic Fellow Joshua Stanton works with students to represent criminal defendants in challenging times

Jan. 28, 2021—Stanton works with Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs Sue Kay ’79 to supervise students in the Criminal Justice Clinic as they represent indigent clients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“They, Them and Theirs,” Harvard Law Review article by Jessica Clarke, wins the Dukeminier Awards Michael Cunningham Prize

Jan. 28, 2021—Clarke’s article has been reprinted in the UCLA Law Dukeminier Awards Journal, which annually recognizes the best legal scholarship on sexual orientation and gender identity issues.

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Allaire Urban Karzon, pioneering VLS professor, dead at 95

Jan. 27, 2021—A trailblazing attorney whose career combined teaching and practice, Professor Karzon became the first tenured woman professor at Vanderbilt, where she taught tax law.

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Samar Ali ’06 (BS’03), joins VU faculty as research professor in political science and law

Jan. 11, 2021—Ali is a research professor in political science and law and co-director of the Unity Project with John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science, and Jon Meacham, Vanderbilt’s Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Professor of the American Presidency.

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Christopher Slobogin honored with Vanderbilt University’s 2020 Harvie Branscomb Distinguished Professor Award

Dec. 21, 2020—The award recognizes creative research and teaching. Slobogin is an expert in criminal procedure who has authored more than 100 articles, books and chapters. He directs the Criminal Justice Program.

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Michael Vandenbergh, Jonathan Gilligan and Lou Leonard discuss how the U.S. can rejoin the Paris climate agreement

Dec. 21, 2020—In a co-authored opinion piece in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the authors discuss the need for a national climate change strategy based on the same sort of public-private collaboration that led to the rapid production of COVID-19 vaccines.

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Daniel J. Sharfstein appointed to the Dick and Martha Lansden Chair in Law

Dec. 18, 2020—Sharfstein is a legal historian whose work addresses race and citizenship in the United States. He is the author of two award-winning books, “The Invisible Line” and “Thunder in the Mountains,” and received a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship.

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Brian Fitzpatrick appointed to the Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise

Dec. 18, 2020—An expert in complex litigation, Fitzpatrick is most recently the author of The Conservative Case of Class Actions, a 2019 book published by University of Chicago Press.

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Bob Covington ’61, who taught at VLS for 46 years, dead at 84

Dec. 3, 2020—Covington was an expert in labor law who also published books and articles on evidence, insurance, legal method and legal education.

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Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch discusses his work and judicial philosophy in a conversation with former clerk Tim Meyer

Nov. 13, 2020—Professor Meyer’s conversation with Justice Gorsuch was sponsored by the Cecil Sims Lecture Series. Meyer clerked for Gorsuch on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Ganesh Sitaraman discusses Supreme Court reform on The Ezra Klein Show

Oct. 21, 2020—Ezra Klein and Ganesh Sitaraman discuss proposals for Supreme Court reform, including Sitaraman's own proposal, in a conversation that covers such options as court-packing and term limits and more obscure proposals like the 5-5-5 balanced bench and a judicial lottery system.

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Rebecca Allenworth’s work on medical licensing boards featured in WBEZ-Chicago’s This American Life

Oct. 6, 2020—When a doctor breaks the law, who decides whether he can keep his medical license? Rebecca Allensworth's work on how medical licensing boards decide whether to revoke a doctor's license to practice medicine is featured in Act One of the This American Life podcast in a segment titled "Trust Me, I'm a Doctor."

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Free Justice, a book by Sara Mayeux chronicling the history of public defenders, featured in Princeton Alumni Weekly

Sep. 23, 2020—Mayeux's book discusses the contentious origins of public defenders in the U.S. and delves into the complexities of American ideals of justice, democracy and fairness in the twentieth century. The book is briefly profiled and excerpted.

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Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs Susan Kay ’79 elected to ABA Council on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar

Sep. 21, 2020—The ABA Council on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar is recognized at the national accrediting agency for programs leading to the J.D. Kay has previously served on the Standards Review Committee and Accreditation Committee of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.

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Spring Miller receives 2020 B. Riney Green Access to Justice Award from Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services

Sep. 18, 2020—The award recognizes Tennessee advocates who promote state-wide collaboration that supports projects that strengthen access to justice across the state.

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Study by Chris Slobogin and James Hazel indicates concerns about use of commercial genetic databases by law enforcement

Sep. 15, 2020—A study by criminal procedure expert Chris Slobogin and Vanderbilt Medical Center postdoctoral fellow James Hazel published in the Duke Law Journal indicates that people consider access to genetic information as intrusive or more intrusive than searches of bedrooms, text messages and emails, and that they care more when the database is a public consumer-oriented commercial service compared to a government or law enforcement database.

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Michael Vandenbergh discusses how the business sector is making climate progress where government is failing

Sep. 4, 2020—Vandenbergh's Sept. 4 interview with Kristoffer Tique appears in Inside Climate News.

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