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Suzanna Sherry: Tennessee’s proposed “Marriage Defense Act” mirrors 1956 Southern Manifesto

Oct. 5, 2015—An opinion piece by Suzanna Sherry, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law.

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Daniel Gervais is president-elect of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property

Oct. 2, 2015—Gervais will serve a two-year term as president of the international association of intellectual property law scholars starting in 2017.

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New study on how brain decides guilt and punishment published in the journal Neuron

Sep. 17, 2015—Study co-authored by MacArthur Research Network Director Owen Jones with VU researchers Rene Marois, David Zald and Katherine Jan; Harvard researchers Joshua Buchholtz (Ph.D.'12) and Justin Martin (BA'10); and Emory researcher Michael Treadway.

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MacArthur Research Network for Law and Neuroscience receives additional $1.4 million of grant funding

Sep. 14, 2015—Headquartered at Vanderbilt and directed by New York Alumni Chancellor's Chair in Law Owen Jones, the MacArthur Research Network focuses on the use of neuroscientific evidence in criminal law and of neuroscientific insights to improve the fairness and effectiveness of the criminal justice system.

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Kevin Stack receives 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Research

Aug. 28, 2015—Stack was recognized by Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos for his influential 2012 Michigan Law Review article, “Interpreting Regulations.”

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Prosecuting Maritime Piracy, co-edited by Michael Newton, addresses problems inherent in prosecuting transnational crimes in local courts

Aug. 25, 2015—Newton’s essay, “Piracy and the Problem of Command Responsibility,” recommends holding leaders of pirate gangs responsible for crimes committed by gang members.

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International economic law scholar Timothy Meyer joins Vanderbilt’s law faculty

Aug. 14, 2015—Meyer’s current scholarship addresses international economic and environmental regulation.

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Copyright law scholar Joseph Fishman joins Vanderbilt’s law faculty

Aug. 13, 2015—Fishman’s current scholarship addresses questions of how copyright law supports and constrains creativity.

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J.B. Ruhl named a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers

Aug. 10, 2015—Ruhl, who co-directs Vanderbilt’s Energy, Environment and Land Use Program, is an expert in environmental, natural resources and property law.

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Articles by Ruhl and Vandenbergh selected for 2015 edition of Land Use and Environmental Law Review

Aug. 5, 2015—igious peer-reviewed anthology presents the best scholarship from the previous year.

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Spring Miller named Vanderbilt Law School’s inaugural Assistant Dean for Public Interest

Jul. 10, 2015—Miller will create public interest opportunities for Vanderbilt Law students and facilitate graduates’ entry into public interest law careers and fellowships with government and nonprofit organizations.

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Suzanna Sherry: The good the Supreme Court has done far outweighs the harm

Jul. 7, 2015—In this "Room for Debate" column," Sherry asserts that "the court serves as the last-chance, back-up opportunity to protect individual rights when the legislature fails to do so."

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Jim Blumstein on why the procedural posture of King v. Burwell might matter

Jun. 24, 2015—A Washington Post/Volokh Conspiracy guest blog post by James F. Blumstein, Vanderbilt University Professor of Constitutional Law and Health Law and Policy, in which he discusses why the procedural posture of King v. Burwell could be relevant should the plaintiffs prevail.

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Rachel Dolezal’s ‘Passing’ Isn’t So Unusual: New York Times Magazine Commentary by Daniel Sharfstein

Jun. 16, 2015—Legal historian Daniel Sharfstein asks why we care so much about Rachel Dolezal, who apparently misrepresented herself as African American.

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Recommendations from MacArthur Research Network on Law and Neuroscience cited in President’s Bioethics Commission Report

May. 28, 2015—Research Network Director Owen Jones and team submit “consensus recommendations” addressing the use of neuroscientific evidence in criminal proceedings and ways to apply neuroscientific insights to improve the fairness and effectiveness of criminal justice.

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“Cartels by Another Name,” co-authored by Rebecca Haw Allensworth, receives 2015 Jerry S. Cohen Memorial Fund Writing Award

May. 28, 2015—Allensworth and co-author Aaron Edlin honored with American Antitrust Institute award that recognizes “the best antitrust writing during the prior year."

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Amicus brief organized by Tracey George cited in Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar

May. 6, 2015—Brief cited studies showing that money spent on judicial elections “can affect judicial decision-making across a broad range of cases.”

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Energy expert Jim Rossi comments on SCOTUS ruling in ONEOK v. Learjet

Apr. 22, 2015—Although the opinion was not unanimous, Rossi believes "the case signals a willingness by most of the Justices to tolerate some degree of concurrent federal/state jurisdiction under federal statutes concerning the regulation of energy markets."

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Article by Yesha Yadav cited in unanimous SCOTUS opinion in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International

Apr. 21, 2015—“The Problematic Case of Clearinghouses in Complex Markets,” (101 Georgetown Law Journal 387, 2013), cited in Justice Clarence Thomas’ majority opinion in the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp v. CLS Bank International.

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Five Vanderbilt Law professors honored with Hall-Hartman Awards for outstanding teaching

Apr. 13, 2015—Rebecca Allensworth, Tracey George and Ingrid Wuerth honored by first-year students; Edward Cheng and Yesha Yadav honored for upper-level courses.

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Tax expert Beverly Moran suggests four ways to improve the U.S. tax system

Mar. 30, 2015—Moran advocates taking the U.S. tax system back to its constitutional roots.

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Article co-authored by Lisa Bressman cited in SCOTUS case dissent in Yates v. U.S.

Mar. 25, 2015—“Statutory Interpretation from the Inside,” co-authored by Lisa Bressman with Abbe Gluck and published in the Stanford Law Review, cited in dissent by Justice Elena Kagan.

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Soul, Self and Society, new book by Edward Rubin, addresses emergence of “new morality of self-fulfillment”

Mar. 19, 2015—Rubin’s latest book describes the “moral transformation” he believes is underway and explains its connection to changes in government.

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James Blumstein comments on SCOTUS Affordable Care Act case in Washington Post’s Volokh Conspiracy blog

Feb. 27, 2015—King v. Burwell addresses the validity of an IRS regulation that provides for subsidies for the purchase of medical insurance on federally-run exchanges.

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