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Housing Law Clinic director Jennifer Prusak addresses importance of legal representation for renters facing eviction

Sep. 29, 2021—In a column published online at The Conversation, Prusak explains why providing more tenants facing evication with access to a lawyer could be the key to keeping more people in their homes. Prusak is an associate clinical professor of law. She launched Vanderbilt's Housing Law Clinic in spring 2021.

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Dean Chris Guthrie joins with deans of more than 40 U.S. law schools in support of AG Garland’s call to the legal community

Sep. 1, 2021—Law deans express a commitment to ensuring that families and individuals facing eviction have access to legal representation, counseling and assistance.

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Linda Breggin elected Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers

Aug. 11, 2021—Breggin is a senior attorney and director of the Center for State, Tribal and Local Environmental Programs and teaches at Vanderbilt as a lecturer in law. Fellows are selected for substantial contributions to the field of environmental law.

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Chris Slobogin’s new book suggests using algorithms may reduce prison sentences and increase use of evidence-based rehabilitative programs

Jul. 28, 2021—In "Just Algorithms: Using Science to Reduce Incarceration and Inform a Jurisprudence of Risk," released by Cambridge University Press, Slobogin supports his thesis that using risk-prediction algorithms to make sentencing decisions could help reduce unnecessary pre-trial detention, mitigate excessively punitive bail and prison sentences, and divert more eligible candidates to appropriate rehabilitative programs.

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“Better Algorithms Are Key to Reducing Bias in Criminal Sentencing,” a Science magazine review of Chris Slobogin’s new book, “Just Algorithms”

Jul. 27, 2021—Michael Spezio's review of criminal justice scholar Chris Slobogin's newly released book "Just Algorithms: Using Science to Reduce Incarceration and Inform a Jurisprudence of Risk," was published in Science magazine on July 16. Spezio's review highlights the book's purpose of countering recent arguments against automated jurisprudence and Slobogin's argument that risk-assessment algorithms could increase fairness in plea bargaining and charging decisions.

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Robert Mikos appointed to the LaRoche Family Chair in Law

Jul. 7, 2021—Mikos is a leading expert on federalism and drug law. His work analyzes the struggle among federal, state and local governments for control of marijuana law and policy.

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Terry Maroney named to the Robert S. and Theresa L. Reder Chair in Law

Jul. 7, 2021—Maroney investigates the intersection of law and emotion and is a scholar of criminal law. Her research has focused on the role of emotion in judicial behavior and decision-making.

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Ganesh Sitaraman named to the New York Alumni Chancellor’s Chair in Law

Jul. 7, 2021—Sitaraman teaches and writes about constitutional law, the regulatory state, economic policy, democracy and foreign affairs. He directs the Law School's Program in Law and Government.

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Research librarian Clanitra Nejdl honored by American Association of Law Libraries

Jul. 1, 2021—Nejdl is head of professional development and research services at the Alyne Queener Massey Law Library. She received the two 2021 awards from the AALL: the Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes professional contributions and leadership potential, and the Spectrum Article of the Year Award, which honors outstanding writing focused on law librarianship and scholarly legal research.

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Lisa Schultz Bressman named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Jun. 30, 2021—Bressman holds a David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair in Law. A renowned scholar of administrative law and statutory interpretation, she previously served as associate dean for academic affairs from 2010 to 2016.

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W. Kip Viscusi featured on “The Economists” podcast from Australian Broadcasting Corp. addressing “Lockdowns and the Path Forward”

Jun. 25, 2021—Viscusi is the University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics and Management and co-director of the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics. He discusses how to measure the costs and benefits of lockdowns and how the statistical value of a human life underpins government decision-making in a podcast hosted by Peter Martin and Gigi Foster. Viscusi's segment starts at 20:10.

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“Sorting Guilty Minds,” article co-authored by Owen Jones, cited in SCOTUS dissent

Jun. 19, 2021—The article, published in the NYU Law Review, was cited in a dissenting opinion written by Justice Brett Kavanaugh in Borden v. United States, which addressed the question of whether a criminal offense with a mens rea of recklessness qualifies as a "violent felony" under the Armed Career Criminal Act.

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Sara Mayeux wins 2020 David J. Langum Sr. Prize in American Legal History for her book, Free Justice

Jun. 17, 2021—The prize is awarded annually by the Langum Foundation to “the best book in American legal history that is accessible to the educated general public." Mayeux’s book chronicles the history of public defenders in 20th-century America.

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Research by economist Joni Hersch finds that Supreme Court ban on race-conscious college admissions would restrict pipeline of future leaders

Jun. 10, 2021—Hersch is the Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Law and Economics and co-director of the Law and Economics Program. She analyzed data on almost 500,000 college graduates to show a close connection between attending an elite undergradaute institution and the likelihood of earning a graduate or professional degree. Her research will soon be published in the Tulane Law Review.

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A Sense of Belonging at Vanderbilt

May. 19, 2021—The endowment of a permanent director of the Diversity, Equity and Community Office in honor of the late Professor Robert Belton enables VLS to build on its long-term commitment to diversity, inclusion and racial justice.

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Paul Edelman discusses the reapportionment of Congressional seats on Top of Mind radio program

May. 6, 2021—Edelman explains why the number of seats in the House of Representatives is limited to 435 and the method used to reapportion seats among states every 10 years based on census results in a 20-minute interview with Julie Rose, host of the BYUradio program Top of Mind.

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Reaction to today’s verdict, a message from Dean Chris Guthrie

Apr. 20, 2021—With today’s news that the jury voted to convict Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, it is important to acknowledge that the trauma of this case, like so many others, remains with us. We have had to relive this violent encounter through the horrific video that many of us have seen with our...

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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 treasury 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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