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Ed Cheng’s research on publication bias highlighted in ABA Journal

Dec. 5, 2016—Cheng examined expert testimony using a statistical method common in wildlife studies.

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Joe Fishman: How copying is done should matter in copyright infringement complaints

Dec. 2, 2016—“Copyright doctrine ought to factor in the defendant’s process into the infringement analysis,” Fishman says.

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Sean Seymore elected to membership in the American Law Institute

Oct. 21, 2016—Seymore's expertise is in patent law, intellectual property law, and science and technology.

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Sara Mayeux studies criminal law, advocates for social justice

Oct. 20, 2016—“I think criminal courts are inherently interesting places,” said Mayeux, who began teaching at Vanderbilt Law School as an assistant professor this fall.

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Ed Cheng’s “Excited Utterance” podcast delivers “virtual workshops” on legal evidence scholarship

Oct. 17, 2016—Cheng started new legal scholarship podcast with grants from the Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning and the law school’s Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program.

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Dan Sharfstein appointed to Vanderbilt Law’s Tarkington Chair of Teaching Excellence

Sep. 12, 2016—Sharfstein, a legal historian who co-directs the George Barrett Social Justice Program, has earned accolades for his teaching and scholarship.

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Alistair Newbern and Jeffery Frensley ’95 join Middle District of Tennessee as magistrate judges

Aug. 23, 2016—Newbern taught Vanderbilt’s Appellate Litigation Clinic; Frensley is a trial lawyer who served on the federal Criminal Justice Act panel of attorneys.

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Research coauthored by Tracey George reveals lack of diversity in state court judges

Jun. 27, 2016—"The Gavel Gap," co-authored by Tracey George with Albert Yoon, shows that more than half of state trial and appellate judges are white men, fewer than a third of judges are women, and fewer than two in 10 judges are a racial or ethnic minority.

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Legal historian Sara Mayeux joins Vanderbilt’s law faculty in fall 2016

Jun. 24, 2016—Mayeux writes about American criminal law from both a historical and present-day perspective.

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Erin O’Hara O’Connor named dean of Florida State University College of Law

Jun. 1, 2016—O’Connor has served on Vanderbilt’s law faculty since 2001, including as associate dean for academic affairs.

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Research by Randall Thomas and 3 colleagues featured in NYT’s Dealbook

May. 25, 2016—Steven Davidoff Solomon's column about shareholder appraisal rights discusses a just-released study, "Reforming the Delaware Appraisal Statute to Address Appraisal Arbitrage: Will It Be Successful?", by Vanderbilt's Randall Thomas with Wei Jiang and Danging Mei of Columbia University and Tao Li of the University of Warwick.

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Study by Joni Hersch and Jennifer Shinall finds women re-entering the workforce are better off explaining career gaps

May. 19, 2016—Study by Hersch and Shinall to be published in the Pennsylvania Law Review indicates employers prefer that women explain resume gaps.

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4 VLS faculty on NIH-funded team studying “genetic privacy”

May. 18, 2016—Ellen Wright Clayton will co-direct research team that also includes Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law Chris Slobogin, associate professor Sarah Igo and adjunct law professor Lydia Jones.

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Morgan Rick’s new book, “The Money Problem,” addresses U.S. financial policy

May. 10, 2016—Ricks contends that panic-proofing should be the major focus of U.S. financial policy and regulation.

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ICC indispensable to a Syria solution, argues op/ed co-authored by Michael Newton

May. 5, 2016—Members of the ABA's ICC Project Board of Advisors, including Newton, assert that the ICC should be part of any effort to combat impunity in Syria in a signed opinion piece in International Criminal Justice Today.

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Article co-authored by Randall Thomas and Paul Edelman among “Top 10 Corporate and Securities Articles of 2015”

May. 3, 2016—“Shareholder Voting in an Age of Intermediary Capitalism,” a California Law Review article co-authored by Edelman and Thomas with Robert B. Thompson, was one of 12 articles selected in annual poll.

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Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos looks back on 8 years at Vanderbilt’s chancellor

May. 2, 2016—Zeppos took the reins of Vanderbilt University in 2008, in the midst of the global financial crisis.

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Cheng, George, Ruhl, Vandenbergh and Wuerth honored with Hall-Hartman Awards

Apr. 26, 2016—Professors Tracey George, Michael Vandenbergh and Ingrid Wuerth were honored for their first-year Contracts, Property and Civil Procedure classes, respectively. Professor Ed Cheng was recognized for his upper-level Evidence class and Professor J.B. Ruhl for his Food System Seminar.

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Daniel Gervais among new faculty heads joining The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons

Apr. 13, 2016—"“We chose faculty heads who excel at meeting students where they are, intellectually and interpersonally,” said Ingram Commons Dean Vanessa Beasley.

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Ingrid Wuerth named to the Helen Strong Curry Chair in International Law

Apr. 1, 2016—Wuerth is the inaugural holder of the Curry Chair, which was endowed in 2015 by an estate gift from pioneering Georgia lawyer Jean Curry Allen.

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Article co-authored by J.B. Ruhl wins Ecological Society of America’s Sustainability Science Award

Mar. 28, 2016—The article, published in the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, has been honored for its “contribution to the emerging science of ecosystem and regional sustainability.”

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Terry Maroney to join 2016-17 class of fellows at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences

Mar. 23, 2016—Maroney will spend an academic year in residence with 37 other fellows representing a broad range of disciplines.

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