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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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Tracey George named vice provost for faculty affairs for Vanderbilt University

Jun. 11, 2019—George, who holds the Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Chair in Law and Liberty, had served as the interim vice provost for faculty affairs since July 2018. Her appointment was announced by Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente.

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Yesha Yadav explores how rapidly evolving trading technology leaves the market more vulnerable to shocks

Jun. 7, 2019—Yadav's paper, "The Myth of Risk-Free Markets," explores how the structure of the treasury market affects the stabilty of treasury bonds.

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Morgan Ricks named Enterprise Scholar

May. 16, 2019—The two-year appointment provides additional support for Ricks’s research, which focuses on financial regulation and the role of the monetary system in financial stability.

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Yesha Yadav named to 2019 cohort of Chancellor Faculty Fellows

May. 16, 2019—Yadav’s research focuses on financial and securities regulatory policy relating to evolving financial technology.

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Read Beverly Moran’s analysis of plans to tax the rich

May. 7, 2019—Moran is an expert in federal income taxation. Her column posted at The Conversation analyzes the tax proposals advanced by Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

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Read Ganesh Sitaraman’s opinion piece on Elizabeth Warren’s college plan

May. 6, 2019—Some have argued that Warren's plan isn't progressive because middle- and upper-class people will benefit. In an opinion piece published in The Guardian, Sitaraman says this view is misguided.

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Article co-authored by Randall Thomas selected as one of the Top 10 Corporate and Securities Articles for 2018

May. 3, 2019—“Delaware’s Retreat: Exploring Developing Fissures and Tectonic Shifts in Delaware Corporate Law,” co-authored by Thomas with James Cox, was presented by Thomas as the Pileggi Lecture in Law at Widener University Delaware Law School.

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Lisa Bressman, Rebecca Allensworth, Kevin Stack, Chris Slobogin and Jenny Cheng honored with 2019 Hall-Hartman Outstanding Teaching Awards

Apr. 23, 2019—The awards are based on a student poll and named in honor of late Professors Paul Hartman and Donald Hall. They recognize an outstanding professor in each first-year section and for small and large upper-level classes.

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Research team headed by Alan Storrow of Vanderbilt Medical School and Jim Blumstein of Vanderbilt Law garners DHHS grant to develop and test “safe harbor” standards of care

Apr. 17, 2019—VU researchers from the schools of Law, Medicine and Management will develop and test “safe harbor” protocols designed to improve quality of care and reduce unnecessary medical procedures performed to reduce legal liability.

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Lauren Benton, professor of history and professor of law, awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Apr. 13, 2019—Benton is the Nelson O. Tyrone Professor of History. The research she will complete as a Guggenheim Fellow examines legal practices surrounding "small wars."

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Suzanna Sherry and Chris Sundby address term limits for Supreme Court justices in SCOTUSblog post and Texas Law Review article

Apr. 9, 2019—In a blog post and a forthcoming article in the Texas Law Review, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law Sherry and Sundby, who is earning his JD/PhD in law and neuroscience at Vanderbilt, argue that there is a serious potential downside to establishing SCOTUS term limits: they might cause doctrinal instability.

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Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos to step down Aug. 15

Apr. 4, 2019—Zeppos will return to the law faculty after a year-long sabbatical.

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Ed Cheng and co-author Alex Nunn ’14 examine how courts deal with process-based evidence

Mar. 27, 2019—In their article, "Beyond the Witness: Bringing a Process Perspective to Modern Evidence Law," they address the need to deal with evidence such as photographs, business records, electronic phone records and store receipts as a different category from witness testimony.

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Ganesh Sitaraman discusses Supreme Court nominations in forthcoming Yale Law Journal article

Mar. 25, 2019—In How to Save the Supreme Court, Sitaraman and co-author Daniel Epps propose reforms to the nomination process design to minimize partisan influences.

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Two studies by Nancy King cited in SCOTUS majority opinion in Garza v. Idaho

Mar. 19, 2019—King’s studies of appeals waivers and habeas cases were cited by Justice Sotomayor in her majority opinion in favor of Gilberto Garza Jr., who sought to have his appeal rights restored.

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Penalties for sexual harassment are too low according to study by economist Joni Hersch

Mar. 15, 2019—Hersch recommends the cap on damage awards for sexual harassment be increased to reflect their actual cost to employers, employees and industries.

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Jim Rossi appointed to the Judge D.L. Lansden Chair in Law

Mar. 12, 2019—Rossi is nationally recognized for his research on administrative and energy law. He is currently serving as the law school’s associate dean for research.

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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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