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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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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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