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Tracey George named associate provost for faculty affairs for Vanderbilt University

Nov. 6, 2017—George, who holds the Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Chair in Law and Liberty, will continue to teach and conduct research during the three-year, part-time appointment.

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Sara Mayeux wins 2017 Cromwell Article Prize for best legal history article

Oct. 31, 2017—Professor Mayeux’s article, “What Gideon Did,” shows that Gideon v. Wainwright shifted indigent defense policy from a charity model toward a public model.

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Daniel Gervais inducted as president of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property

Oct. 27, 2017—Professor Gervais will serve a two-year term as president of ATRIP and preside over its 2018 and 2019 world congresses in Helsinki, Finland, and Nashville.

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Climate Change Research Network blog post addresses private-sector response to climate change

Sep. 26, 2017—The TIPS-funded research team of Alexander Maki, Michael Vandenbergh, Jonathan Gilligan and Mark Cohen is exploring private-sector programs offering "employee energy benefits."

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Class action expert Brian Fitzpatrick on the pros and cons joining an Equifax lawsuit

Sep. 22, 2017—Fitzpatrick recommends that people "stay in class actions. It is very hard to sue on your own."

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Jim Blumstein on “How to End Obamacare” in Wall Street Journal commentary

Sep. 19, 2017—Blumstein proposes that Republicans "pass a two-page bill clarifying that Congress did not intend to use its taxing power to enforce the individual mandate."

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“Our Constitution Wasn’t Built for This,” Ganesh Sitaraman’s NYTimes Opinion column

Sep. 18, 2017—Professor Sitaraman's column focuses on the theme of his new book, “The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic.” It appeared in the Sept. 16 Sunday Review section of the New York Times.

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Read legal historian Zephyr Teachout’s review of Ganesh Sitaraman’s book, “The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution”

Aug. 28, 2017—Teachout's review, published in the Summer 2017 issue of The American Prospect, says that Sitaraman brings a "fresh eye and impressive range of historical thinking to an ageless question: What are the conditions for freedom?"

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Robert Mikos urges congress to “repeal and replace” federal ban on marijuana

Aug. 7, 2017—In a commentary published in Fortune, Mikos discusses the Marijuana Justice Act proposed by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).

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Brian Fitzpatrick supports downsizing 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Law360 editorial

Aug. 1, 2017—"There is a nonpartisan, good government reason for" splitting the 9th Circuit, Fitzpatrick writes: "Smaller circuits minimize outlier decisions in both directions."

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James Cheek ’67 retires from VLS faculty

Jul. 17, 2017—Cheek, who has taught both full- and part-time at VLS throughout his career, will continue his law practice at Bass Berry & Sims.

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Randall Thomas discusses results of study examining appraisal action petitions

Jul. 13, 2017—Thomas and a team of three other researchers discovered that the number of appraisal action petitions, used by stockholders seeking relief when they believe the price offered in a merger where they are forced to sell their shares is too low, have risen dramatically over the past two decades.

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Rob Mikos’ casebook, Marijuana Law, Policy, and Authority, released by Wolters Kluwer

Jul. 6, 2017—Professor Mikos' casebook is the first to focus on law, policy and authority issues related to marijuana users, their suppliers and third parties who interact with them.

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Michael Vandenbergh and Jonathan Gilligan propose private-sector actions to address climate change

Jul. 5, 2017—Vandenbergh and Gilligan emphasize that government action isn't enough to address climate change, and offer steps corporations, religious and civic organizations, investors, households, and colleges and universities can take to narrow the Paris Agreement gap in a blog post in The Conversation republished in Salon.

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Larry Bridgesmith receives Tennessee Bar Association’s President’s Award

Jun. 22, 2017—Professor Bridgesmith, who coordinates Vanderbilt's Program on Law & Innovation, honored for his work on TBA’s Special Committee on the Evolving Legal Market.

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How Judges Wiped Out a Key Clause of the Constitution: A review of Jim Ely’s new book

Jun. 20, 2017—George Leef's review of Professor Emeritus Jim Ely's book, The Contract Clause: A Constitutional History, appears in Forbes.

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Chris Slobogin study addresses privacy rights for data stored in “the cloud”

May. 11, 2017—Slobogin recommends clearer rules that specify when data stored in the cloud can be obtained and used by law enforcement.

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Ganesh Sitaraman’s new book, “The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution,” sounds alarm

May. 8, 2017—In his thoughtful new book, Sitaraman argues that growing economic inequality threatens American democracy.

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Daniel J. Sharfstein’s new book explores intertwined history of race relations and property rights

May. 4, 2017—In "Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard and the Nez Perce War," Sharfstein examines Reconstruction through the relationship between a Nez Perce leader and a Union Army general.

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Allensworth, Cheng, George and Wuerth honored with Hall-Hartman Awards

Apr. 26, 2017—Four Vanderbilt Law professors– Rebecca Allensworth, Edward Cheng, Tracey George and Ingrid Wuerth–received 2017 Hall-Hartman Awards for Outstanding Teaching at an awards presentation April 21.

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Daniel Gervais’s new book rethinks international copyright system

Apr. 20, 2017—Gervais suggests replacing the current copyright system with a simpler set of international rules in (Re)Structuring Copyright: A Comprehensive Path to International Copyright Reform, released in April 2017 by Elgar Publishing.

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Ganesh Sitaraman’s new book addressing impact of shrinking middle class on the Constitution

Apr. 5, 2017—In "The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic," Sitaraman argues that the U.S. Constitution wasn't designed for a country with significant economic inequality.

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J.B. Ruhl says the legal academy need to embrace complexity science

Mar. 30, 2017—Ruhl and two co-authors make the argument for legal researchers to use complexity science in an article published exclusively in Science on March 30.

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Suzanna Sherry wins SEC Faculty Achievement Award

Mar. 29, 2017—Sherry, who is Vanderbilt's Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law, was recognized for her outstanding record of teaching, research and scholarship. She is Vanderbilt University's 2017 SEC Faculty Achievement Award winner.

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California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu to speak at Law Review Symposium March 31

Mar. 24, 2017—Justice Lui's talk, "State Constitutions and the Protection of Individual Rights: A Reappraisal," is part of the Branstetter Judicial Speaker Series and the keynote address for the Law Review Symposium, which focuses on empirical research of justice in state courts.

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