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Research by W. Kip Viscusi finds post-9/11 wars may have resulted in twice as many deaths at home as in battle

Jan. 10, 2020—Viscusi, an economist whose research focuses on fatality risks, found that post-9/11 wars resulted in indirect deaths in the U.S. due to the diversion of war costs from the U.S. economy and the subsequent impact on consumers who had less money to spend on better nutrition, health care, safe housing and safe products. His article, "The Mortality Cost Metric for the Cost of War," appears in the journal Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy.

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Legal historian Sara Mayeux among 13 rising Vanderbilt scholars to receive Provost Research Studios for 2019-20

Jan. 8, 2020—Provost Research Studios provide up to $4,000 to support the professional development of full-time faculty early in their academic careers.

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Paige Skiba and Caroline Malone, JD/PhD’22 on how payday lenders use installment loans to evade regulation

Dec. 9, 2019—In a Dec. 9 article published by The Conversation, Skiba and Malone explain why payday lenders have embraced installment loans, based on their recent study that explored the effect that the larger installment loans have on borrowers. Their results suggest that installment loans may create additional financial strain for consumers rather than benefiting them.

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Books by W. Kip Viscusi and Michael Vandenbergh among best environmental writing in past 50 years.

Dec. 3, 2019—Viscusi’s book Pricing Lives and Vandenbergh’s book, Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change, co-authored with VU professor Jonathan Gilligan, were included in “Reading the Environment: 1969-2019,” an Environmental Forum overview of influential environmental writing by Oliver Houck and G. Tracy Mehan II.

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“A Counterintuitive and Compelling Case for Class-Action Lawsuits”: Read Judge Kenneth Lee’s review of Brian Fitzpatrick’s new book

Dec. 2, 2019—In a book review published in the National Review, Judge Kenneth K. Lee of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals touts Fitzpatrick's book, "The Conservative Case for Class Action Lawsuits," as "a clever, contrarian, and counterintuitive take on class actions that should open the eyes of both conservatives and liberals."

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Ganesh Sitaraman on “How to Rein In an All-Too-Powerful Supreme Court”

Nov. 19, 2019—Professor Sitaraman proposes that Congress pass a Congressional Review Act that would enable it to overturn SCOTUS decisions on legislative matters with greater speed and ease in a Nov. 16 essay published in The Atlantic.

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Susan Kay ’79 honored with “Lifetime Achievement Award” by ACLU of Tennessee

Nov. 14, 2019—Kay, who is associate dean for experiential education, has taught at VLS since 1980 and established the law school's first clinic. The award recognizes her lifetime dedication to criminal justice reform and legal advocacy, which includng successfully challenging Nashville's jail conditions. She was honored on Nov. 14.

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Read Brian Fitzpatrick’s National Review opinion piece, “The Conservative Case for Class Actions?”

Nov. 14, 2019—In his new book, released this fall by Chicago University Press, Fitzpatrick makes "The Conservative Case for Class Actions," asserting that "They're better than the alternative: regulation by bureaucrats."

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GlobalVU, co-led by Ingrid Wuerth, establishes Global Fellows Program

Nov. 11, 2019—Wuerth, Helen Strong Curry Professor of International Law, and Ted Fischer, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Anthropology, lead the GlobalVU intiative, which is funded by the Provost and Vanderbilt's Transinstitutional Programs (TIPS) program. The Global Fellows Program will bring international scholars, authors, artists, politicians and other thought leaders to Vanderbilt.

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Articial intelligence is too important to leave to tech giants: NYT opinion piece by Ganesh Sitaraman, Ben Gansky and Michael Martin

Nov. 11, 2019—In a Nov. 10 New York Times opinion piece, Sitaraman and his co-authors propose a government-supported public research consortium to focus on AI and other emerging technologies.

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Chancellor Emeritus Nicholas S. Zeppos appointed University Distinguished Professor and Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Law

Nov. 11, 2019—Vanderbilt has also announced that one of its newest residential colleges will be named in Zeppos' honor. He will began teaching in fall 2020, after a yearlong sabbatical.

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Brian Fitzpatrick argues class actions are a potent and necessary legal enforcement mechanism in new book

Nov. 1, 2019—In "The Conservative Case for Class Actions," Fitzpatrick debunks arguments that class action lawsuits are frivolous, primarily aimed at making money for lawyers rather than representing plaintiffs, and fail to prevent wrongdoing. Fitzpatrick asserts class actions "are a powerful component of the justice system," and proposes reforms designed to make them "acceptable to everyone."

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Chris Serkin named to the Elisabeth H. and Granville S. Ridley Jr. Chair in Law

Oct. 25, 2019—Serkin is associate dean for academic affairs. His scholarship address property theory, local governments, the Taking Clause, land use regulation and eminent domain.

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Past cases have labeled LGBTQ people as deviants. Will the Supreme Court move beyond that now?

Oct. 7, 2019—Read a Los Angeles Times opinion piece by American equality law scholar Jessica Clarke about whether Title VII prohibits discrimination based on LGBTQ status.

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Amicus brief co-authored by Jessica Clarke asserts that Title VII prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and transgender identity

Oct. 4, 2019—Clarke and her co-authors argue that the Title VII prohibition on discrimination based on sex also means employers cannot discriminate against employees based on sexual orientation or transgender identity.

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James Blumstein addresses voting rights in testimony before Senate subcommittee Sept. 5

Oct. 4, 2019—Blumstein discussed the implications of his 1971 Supreme Court victory in Dunn v. Blumstein, which struck down a residency requirement imposed by the State of Tennessee, in testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

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Constitutional law experts Suzanna Sherry and Ganesh Sitaraman of Vanderbilt and Mark Tushnet of Harvard discuss Supreme Court reforms

Sep. 27, 2019—Three prominent constitutional lawyers will address ways to reduce the politicization of the Supreme Court in a panel discussion Oct. 1.

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Sean Seymore appointed to the New York Alumni Chancellor’s Chair in Law

Sep. 23, 2019—Seymore’s research focuses on how patent law should evolve in response to scientific advances. He has a secondary appointment in the Department of Chemistry

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Ganesh Sitaraman’s co-authored book touts public options that strengthen society

Sep. 4, 2019—"The Public Option," a book Sitaraman wrote with Anne Alstott of Yale Law School, proposes that robust public options for banking, retirement, child care and other services would position more Americans to participate equally in society.

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W. Kip Viscusi honored with the Earl Sutherland Prize for Achievement in Research

Aug. 27, 2019—The Sutherland Prize is Vanderbilt University’s most prestigious faculty honor for accomplishments in research and scholarship. Viscusi is the University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics and Management and co-directs the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics.

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Owen Jones named to inaugural advisory board of the Vanderbilt Evolutionary Studies Initiative.

Aug. 15, 2019—MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience Director Owen Jones is one of six Vanderbilt University faculty named to the inaugural advisory board of the new Vanderbilt Evolutionary Studies Initiative, which unites scholars from diverse disciplines with expertise in evolution-related fields. The initiative is led by Antonis Rokas, who holds the Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Biological Sciences.

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Joseph Fishman co-authors amicus brief addressing Stairway to Heaven copyright infringement case

Jul. 31, 2019—Fishman, Chris Buccafusco of Cardozo Law and Mark Lemley of Stanford Law authored the brief, signed by 16 additional intellectual property scholars, urging the Ninth Circuit to clarify the proof needed to show copyright infringement.

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There Should Be a Public Option for Everything: Read New York Times op/ed by Ganesh Sitaraman and Anne Alstott

Jul. 11, 2019—Sitaraman and Alstott are the authors of "The Public Option: How to Expand Freedom, Increase Opportunity and Promote Equality," just released by Harvard University Press. They contend that, despite the recent trend toward privatization, public options have been popular throughout American history.

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A Public Option for Retirement Savings: Read Atlantic column by Ganesh Sitaraman and Anne Astott

Jul. 11, 2019—Sitaraman and Alstott are the authors of "The Public Option: How to Expand Freedom, Increase Opportunity and Promote Equality, just released by Harvard University Press. They propose a new, supplemental pension savings program that is simple and safe to join.

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Rebecca Haw Allensworth named Tarkington Chair of Teaching Excellence

Jul. 5, 2019—The three-year chair recognizes faculty for their contributions in the classroom. Allensworth, who teaches Contracts and Antitrust Law, is a four-time winner of the student-selected Hall-Hartman Award for Outstanding Teaching.

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