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Read an Atlantic interview with Ganesh Sitaraman, “Can the Country Survive without a Strong Middle Class?”

Mar. 21, 2017—Atlantic Senior Editor Rebecca Rosen interviews Professor Sitaraman about his new book, "The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution."

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Read Angus Deaton’s review of Ganesh Sitaraman’s new book “The Crisis of the Middle Class Constitution” in the New York Times

Mar. 21, 2017—Sitaraman's book addressing the threat of economic inequality is reviewed by Angus Deaton, who received the Nobel in economic science in 2015.

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Brian Fitzpatrick testifies before congressional subcommittee about 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Mar. 20, 2017—Congress is considering dividing the 9th Circuit, which includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, to create a new federal appellate circuit.

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Study co-authored by Owen Jones addresses criminal intent

Mar. 14, 2017—Neuroimaging study co-authored by Jones with a team of researchers from Yale and Virginia Tech showed that brain activity reveals whether a subject knows he is committing a crime or is merely being reckless.

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U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights to link human rights and fake news in April 5 talk

Mar. 4, 2017—Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein will speak at noon in Vanderbilt Law School's Flynn Auditorium.

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Tim Meyer examines ways to improve free trade agreements

Feb. 15, 2017—Meyer's article, "Saving Free Trade," will be published in April by the Vanderbilt Law Review.

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Lauren Rogal to launch Community Enterprise Clinic at Vanderbilt Law

Feb. 13, 2017—Rogal is currently a Clinical Teaching Fellow at Georgetown Law, where she is earning an LL.M. in advocacy.

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Research by Michael Vandenbergh and Jonathan Gilligan wins prestigious Morrison Prize

Feb. 10, 2017—Their winning article, “Beyond Gridlock,” highlights the importance of private action in battling climate change.

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Ed Cheng’s “Excited Utterance” podcast offers online forum for evidence scholars

Feb. 8, 2017—Cheng has conducted more than 25 interviews for the podcast he launched last fall.

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Former Gorsuch clerk Tim Meyer discusses SCOTUS nominee

Feb. 7, 2017—Meyer clerked for Gorsuch on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2007-08

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Karla McKanders to join Vanderbilt as clinical professor of law

Feb. 6, 2017—Karla McKanders will join Vanderbilt’s law faculty as a clinical professor of law in summer 2017. Her appointment was announced by Dean Chris Guthrie. At Vanderbilt, McKanders will launch a new Immigration Law Clinic. She will be affiliated with the George Barrett Social Justice and International Legal Studies programs. In addition, she will work closely...

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Sean Seymore appointed to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences’ Advisory Council

Jan. 13, 2017—The Advisory Council provides peer review for NIGMS research initiatives aimed at disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

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Timothy Meyer elected to membership in American Law Institute

Jan. 11, 2017—Meyer is one of 14 VLS faculty affiliated with ALI, which publishes legal commentary and model statutes.

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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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