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Read ABA Landslide article, “Investment Treaties and Intellectual Property,” on two cases affecting international intellectual property rights by Daniel Gervais and Jared Doster ’17

May. 31, 2018—Philip Morris v. Uruguay and Eli Lilly v. Canada are two international investor-state cases that may reveal an emerging trend in international investment law regarding investors' intellectual property (IP) rights.

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Read Karla McKanders’ commentary: “Does Jeff Sessions Understand Immigration Proceedings?”

May. 22, 2018—McKanders is a featured guest columnist on Jurist.org in the Academic Commentary section.

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Paige Skiba elected to American Law and Economics Association board of directors

May. 21, 2018—An expert in high-interest credit markets, Skiba has taught at Vanderbilt since 2007.

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Ingrid Wuerth, Suzanna Sherry, Tracey George and Edward Cheng honored with 2018 Hall-Hartman Awards

May. 16, 2018—Wuerth, Sherry and George were honored for first-year teaching, and Wuerth and Edward Cheng for upper-level courses.

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Sarah Igo’s new book places today’s privacy concerns in historical context

Apr. 30, 2018—Igo's book is The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America. She is an associate professor of history, political science and law.

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Ganesh Sitaraman named Carnegie Fellow to support research in democracy

Apr. 25, 2018—Sitaraman will receive $200,000 from the Carnegie Foundation of New York to support his research on how public services such as schools and libraries can advance public policy goals.

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“Quieting the Shareholders’ Voice,” co-authored by Randall Thomas, selected among Top 10 corporate and securities law articles for 2017

Apr. 24, 2018—Empirical study of pervasive bundling in proxy solicitations by Thomas and co-authors James D. Cox of Duke Law, Fabrizio Ferri of Columbia Business and Colleen Honigsberg of Stanford Law was published in the Southern California Law Review.

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Tracey George appointed to Journal of Contract Law editorial board

Apr. 23, 2018— Based in Australia, the refereed journal focuses on contract law in common law countries.

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Lauren Benton, professor of history and professor of law, wins 2019 Toynbee Prize

Mar. 26, 2018—Benton's work focuses on law in European empires, the history or international law and Atlantic world history.

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Anniversary of Dunn v. Blumstein, 1972 voting rights class action suit brought by James Blumstein, noted in Politico column

Mar. 26, 2018—Blumstein challenged Tennessee's residency requirement for voting, appearing before the Supreme Court on Nov. 17, 1971, on his own behalf.

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Economist Joni Hersch finds that costs of sexual harassment are too low to incentivize firms to eliminate it

Mar. 1, 2018—Hersch's examination of sexual harassment charges filed with the EEOC indicated that "costs to firms’ bottom lines are evidently insufficient to incentivize firms to eliminate sexual harassment.”

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Yesha Yadav nominated to Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Technology Advisory Panel

Feb. 15, 2018—The CFTC, chaired by Christopher Giancarlo ’84, exists to protect market participants and the public from fraud, manipulation, abusive practices and systematic risks related to derivatives

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Ganesh Sitaraman’s 2017 book, “The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution,” wins PROSE Award

Feb. 9, 2018—PROSE Awards recognize oustanding professional and scholarly publications.

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Ganesh Sitaraman named to 2018 class of Chancellor Faculty Fellows

Jan. 23, 2018—Sitaraman joins 17 colleagues from across Vanderbilt in two-year program for highly accomplished, recently tenured faculty members.

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Study by Rebecca Allensworth focuses on role of occupational licensing boards in regulating consumer services

Jan. 10, 2018—Most members of state licensing boards are also professionals regulated by the boards, raising consumer concerns.

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Vice Chancellor David Williams named 2017 Tennessean of the Year by the Tennessee Tribune

Jan. 4, 2018—Williams, who is a professor of law and Vanderbilt's athletics director, was honored by Nashville's African American newspaper for making "Vanderbilt athethletics a national model."

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New book by Michael Vandenbergh and Jonathan Gilligan urges private industry to step up on climate change

Dec. 5, 2017—In Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change, the authors make the case for how the private sector can play an important role in reducing carbon emissions.

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Kevin M. Stack appointed to the Lee S. and Charles A. Speir Chair in Law

Nov. 29, 2017—Stack is an expert in administrative law and separation of powers whose scholarship focuses on what the rule of law requires for administrative government.

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Daniel Gervais appointed to Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law

Nov. 29, 2017—Gervais recently began a two-year term as president of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property.

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Joni Hersch appointed to Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair

Nov. 27, 2017—Hersch is a labor economist whose research has focused on why women in the same jobs are paid less than men.

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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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